Frequently Asked Questions

This is a single FAQ from the MetaFilter FAQ.

How do I make a link? Can I use HTML in my posts?

There are two ways: (1.) you can type it in, or (2.) use the automated buttons.

(1.) Typing it in: If you know how to use HTML, you can use an abbreviated list of HTML tags in your posts, including a, b, blockquote, center, em, i, li, ol, pre, small, strike, strong, sub, sup, and ul. You can just type them into the compose/comment box.

To add italics, for example, you would type: <em>italicized phrase</em>
which shows as: italicized phrase

To add a link to you would type: <a href="">here is a link to</a>
which shows as: here is a link to

UBB code does not work in MetaFilter. Not all HTML is allowed. If you stick to simple text formatting (b, strong, i, em, a) and lists (ul/li/ol) you'll be ok. Things like tables, embedded video code, javascript, images, and inline styles will be stripped out. There is also a restriction on using html to make the words "posted by" in small size in comments, to keep people from making comments that look like they're being posted by others.

(2.) Using the buttons: If you use a modern browser, you'll see B/I/link buttons below the compose/comment box that you can use to add basic formatting. To make a link using the button, you highlight the word or phrase you want to be the link text (like the phrase "here is a link to" above), click the link button, and type or paste the URL into the box that appears.

Here's a short screencast showing how to use the buttons to insert HTML for you:

(tags: ) March 6, 2006 - back to questions