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Today I posted a site patch to change the little hints that are displayed underneath the new post submission.

Basically the issue it attempts to address is that many new posters dont know how to write a post properly and seem to ignore the current advice. (Too small and in italics is a good recipe to be ignored IMO).

So my patch provides a link to the list of approved tags, along as actually listing the ones currently (ie today) allowed. I think this is a cool for two reasons, the first is that it makes it patently obvious that the use of HTML tags in the post is a necessity. Second it provide the tags available for cutting and pasting for those of use who are like me and cant remember more than 3 tags at a time. ;-)

I thought I would post my proposal here as well as to those that are in the position to approve the proposal to see what the community thinks.

Everything between the lines is part of my patch:

  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags   Currently these include the following....
      <CODE> <A> <B> <BIG> <BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <DD> <DL> <DT> <EM> <FONT> <H1> <H2> <H3> <H4> <H5> <H6> <HR> <I> <LI> <NBSP> <OL> <P> <SMALL> <STRIKE> <STRONG> <SUB> <SUP> <TABLE> <TD> <TH> <TR> <TT> <U> <UL>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped n <CODE> tags NOT <PRE> tags. In fact <PRE> tags should in general be avoided but if they must be used then extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars). Otherwise the Editors might get mad at you.
  • Want more info? How to link
  • or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.

Im hoping that ultimately this gets approved and we see a few less mangled posts and really ling lines....

Oh and im pretty sure its sized so that it fits exactly underneath the textbox, with the title visible.

Yves / DeMerphq
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In reply to New hints.... by demerphq

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
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