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Basic GuideML Coding
</B> - Bold text
<BR/> - Line Break
<BLOCKQUOTE> - Block of quoted text
<BODY> - Entry body
<CODE> - Programming language excerpt
<ENTITY> - Numerical character entities
<FOOTNOTE> - Automatic footnote
<GUIDE> - Denotes a GuideML entry
<HEADER> - Header
<HR/> - Horizontal rule
<I> - Italic text
<LINK> - Link to Guide Entries, Researchers and external websites
<LI> - Ordered (numbered) list
<P> - Paragraph
<PICTURE> - Picture
<PRE> - Fixed format text
<REFERENCES> - Add links to the Entry Data box
<SUB> - Subscripted text
<SUBHEADER> - Subheader
<SUP> - Superscripted text
<TABLE> - Table
<LI> - Unordered (bulleted) list
This code will give you a table with 3 columns:
|Column One||Column Two||Column Three|
This code will give you 3 columns and 2 rows with a border:
|Column One - 1||Column One - 2||Column One - 3|
|Column Two - 1||Column Two - 2||Column Two - 3|
<table> opens the table
<tr> begins a row in the table
<td> opens a data cell
Enter your data here... text, links, images, etc.
</td> closes the data cell
</tr> closes the table row
</table> closes the table
Add border = "1" for a border around your table.
This method of finding out coding is a bit cheeky, by replacing the "U" in the address bar with "testuserpage" for example:
You can see how others have done it
And you can do the same with guide entries:
For entries just replace the 'A' with test e.g. test712595.
<MARQUEE> and close
For normal links:
For registered external links links:
For internal links:
<font face="Times New Roman"> Font Face </font> = Font Face in Times New Roman
<font size="5">Font Size</font> = Font Size 5
<font color="red">Font Colour</font> = Font Colour "red"
A good rule of thumb is that GuideML is a basic version of HTML so I've found that http://www.annabella.net/html.html which can give you colour coding as well as coding for pretty much everything else.
You can also find colour codes and use names instead of hex numbers check on Alji Guide entry about the codings A753013 (names are good for lots of colours but hex numbers give more variety - although some may not work)
Imagine all the wonderful pictures you can put on your personal space...okay so since the move to the BBC we can't download our own photos and pictures into our personal spaces there are hundreds of pre-made images for you to try out yourself, such as:
<PICTURE EMBED="CENTER" BLOB="B99280" ALT="Footprints and a sign"/>
<PICTURE EMBED="CENTER" BLOB="B1072983" ALT="A smiley going through several mood changes"/>
<PICTURE EMBED="CENTER" BLOB="B93069" ALT="The colours of the spectrum, refracted through a diamond"/>
<PICTURE EMBED="CENTER" BLOB="B452369" ALT="British pigeons"/>
<PICTURE EMBED="CENTER" BLOB="B1015003" ALT="Characters from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"/>
There are hundreds more images available to you at A750980 or of course the GuideML Picture Library...so go forth and insert images!
The obvious forum coding is your smileys (<biggrin>)like this little guy and you'd think it was the only piece of coding you could really use...you'd be wrong! Here are a few extras you can use:
By placing on your front page (yes I know I said forums but keep your knickers on) between the
<BODY> tags at the top of the conversation forums and conversation post forums you will get a comment, and if you don't believe me just go and comment on this entry (or of course with the knowledge above you can test this page .
<FORUMTHREADINTRO><CENTER><P>Hi there, you know you're here right?<SMILEY TYPE="winkeye"/></P></CENTER></FORUMTHREADINTRO>
<ADDTHREADINTRO><CENTER><P><SMILEY TYPE="bigeyes"/>Ooooooh there's someone posting and may I just say you're looking lovely today, tah for posting sweetie<SMILEY TYPE="kiss"/></P></CENTER></ADDTHREADINTRO>
Named Entries1 can be annoying to remember their numbers and even more annoying is the fact that you *should* just be able to type in for example "NamedEntries" in forums (and in Plaintext Entries) and the link come up automatically just as with U, A and F numbers. They don't however and therefore you need a bit of coding:
<./>ComingUp</.> - ComingUp
<./>Volunteers</.> - Volunteers
<./>Aces</.> - Aces
<./>CommunityArtists</.> - CommunityArtists
<./>Gurus</.> - Guru
<./>Scouts</.> - Scouts
<./>Subeditors</.> - Subeditors
<./FieldResearchers</.> - FieldResearchers
In order to see who has you on their friends list put this on your front page once again between the between the
somewhere on your user space.
In order to personalise your front page for every new researcher who comes to look at your page how about using
<VIEWER/>...yes Unknown Visitor that means you, go on, go use it!
I hope that's helped any researcher improve their personal space, there are other entries such as:
Spicing Up your Personal Space
......... Hints and Links for New Researchers ........
Font Colour Code Chart
Amongst many others...