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HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and its variants, is what is used to format web pages. Ultimately, every web page is set up using HTML. Wikis like this one, however, are built in such a way that you may never need to know a speck of HTML; page formating required for most articles is amply accommodated by the Edit Menu Bar that appears when you open a page to edit it You can do quite nicely with this as your only formating tool, maybe with a few other bits of simple coding that you gradually learn. (In the past this feature has not been supported by the underlying WikiMedia for certain browsers---so if you can't see the EditMenuBar, try a different browser).

However, there are some tasks, such as inserting tables of information, that cannot be accommodated with just the EditMenuBar. For these tasks, a knowledge of HTML may be helpful. The following provides some guidance on using HTML on these pages, should you so wish.

* Need a link to HTML Tutorial

Some Hints and Tricks. Margie's tricks can be used even if you don't really understand what HTML is, or does.

Entity tags: These are specialized html 'phrases' that allow you to insert special characters (like a cent sign (¢)) (don't forget the ';' at the end of the phrase).

Color coding: It is possible to add color to your HTML tables, text boxes, and fonts. Colors are specified with HexaDecimal codes, but for some colors "name labels" can also be used. Here is an example:

Coral DarkkhakiPeru
SeaGreen MediumSpringGreenDarkSeaGreen
BlueVioletMediumOrchid Thistle
AntiqueWhite Linen OldLace

As the last row shows, the differences in colors defined by labels can be quite subtle. The following link takes you to a table showing the various labels.

User Zephyrincus has provided a very useful set of icons that can be added to articles to indicate various things. The "under construction" icon, for example, may find common use. These can be inserted into articles at the appropriate point using "transcluding" (aka "reflexive") coding. For example, inserting

will insert the "under construction" icon, viz.