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The New How To Do Fancy Things In Your Posts Thread

The Green Dragon

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Edited: Oct 7, 2016, 12:35pm Top

<B>text</B> - Puts "text" in boldface - like this.

<I>text</I> - Puts "text" in italics - like this.

<STRIKE>text</STRIKE> - Puts "text" in strike - like this.

<A HREF="http://host.com/web-address.html">text</A> - Creates a link to the web address shown in quotes, but displays the link as text in the message. For example, this is a link to LibraryThing's homepage, and I specified that by putting <A HREF="http://www.librarything.com">this</A> into the message.

<IMG SRC="http://host.com/picture.jpg"> - Puts the image from the web location shown into the post.

<IMG SRC="http://host.com/picture.jpg" HEIGHT="hhh" WIDTH="www"> - Puts the img at the web location shown into the post, but gives it a height of hhh pixels and a width of www pixels. For those of you who want to include images that seem way too big once you included them, shrink them down with these parameters. Note, that for best compatibility with most screen widths, an image shouldn't be much wider than about 500 pixels.

To link to a thread in LibraryThing, just look at your web browser's address bar for the thread you are looking at, and use the method shown above to create a link.

To link to a specific post in LibraryThing, hover your mouse over the 'flag abuse' for a post, and notice the number that appears in "javascript:talk_flagmessage(NUMBER). Make a link as discussed in the previous paragraph, but add #NUMBER after the link (but before the ").

To create a numbered list, do the following. For example, to list three points, I could enter:

<LI> First item.
<LI> Second item.
<LI> Third item.

and it comes out as:

  1. First item.
  2. Second item.
  3. Third item.

If you want to say a whole bunch of stuff indented a bit from the main stream, use <BLOCKQUOTE>All my text, multiple lines of it</BLOCKQUOTE> Here's an example:

Isn't LibraryThing swell? I sure love it, and I hope you do, too! There's lots of fun places to visit, but the Green Dragon is perhaps the very best. What else do I want to say in the paragraph? Not much, I guess, but putting it in block quotes sure makes it look impressive!

If you want to put a voter's poll into your post, set it up like this: <VOTE>Will you respond to this survey?</VOTE>.

Vote: Do you like this post?

Current tally: Yes 29, No 1, Undecided 2
Want to use subscripts or superscripts? For superscripts, do this: <SUP>text to superscript</SUP>. For subscripts, just do this: <SUB>text to subscript</SUB>. An example follows:

textsuperscript moretextsubscript

...oh, by the way, the easy way to put a < in a message is to type &lt;. The easy way to put a > in a message is to type &gt;. Now how to type &lt; in a post? Simple: Type &amp;lt; :D

Here are some other things that you can put in with those nifty &whatever; things:

  1. &spades; gives ♠
  2. &clubs; gives ♣
  3. &hearts; gives ♥
  4. &diams; gives ♦
  5. &trade; gives ™
  6. &cent; gives ¢
  7. &copy; gives ©
  8. &reg; gives ®
  9. &deg; gives ° (degree sign)
  10. &frac14; gives ¼
  11. &frac12; gives ½
  12. &frac34; gives ¾

Jun 30, 2014, 12:45pm Top

Okay - I'm here :0)

Edited: Oct 25, 2014, 8:46pm Top

Me too

Edited: Dec 20, 2014, 1:32am Top

I snag most of my emoticons from deviantart.com: http://comments.deviantart.com/emoticons/

ETA:  Yahoo emotes are useful, too.  I've yet to find a better yawn than this one.

Jun 30, 2014, 4:03pm Top

This is the information thread. To make it easy for people with old computers and/or slow connections to read, please keep experimentation off this thread; that way they don't have so much to load. Thanks!

Jul 1, 2014, 4:38pm Top

Bullets, as for a list, require ampersand plus 'bull' (no quotes) plus semicolon. That's
& bull ; (without spaces), with this result:

• list item
• list item
• list item

Nonbreaking spaces: same format, with 'nbsp' (without quotes) as the code.

Jul 1, 2014, 5:11pm Top

>6 Meredy: But if what you want is a list of items with bullets in front of each item its better to use the unnumbered list tag UL. You'd use it just like the ordered list tag, just replacing OL with UL. I believe the default bullets are like those but you can change them using the type attribute.

Jul 1, 2014, 9:17pm Top

If we want a bullet for any purpose, that's how to make one.

And now we also know how to make an unnumbered (bulleted) list.

Jul 2, 2014, 1:14am Top

Awesome thread. Thanks!

Jul 4, 2014, 11:03am Top

Hey, I have a question. When I want to reference someone else in my post I do the common >19 (for example) so people can jump back up to where the original poster was. But.....they only work about half the time. If I come back to the topic, the >19 is there, but there isn't a link at all. Any suggestions?

(thank you for this post by the way! I reference it often)

Jul 4, 2014, 12:23pm Top

>10 SweetbriarPoet: It should work all the time. If it doesn't then it's a bug and you should report it in the Bug Collectors group.

Edited: Jul 4, 2014, 1:53pm Top

>10 SweetbriarPoet: Are you absolutely sure you're entering >19, not 19>? That's a mistake that I often make.

Jul 4, 2014, 2:00pm Top

>10 SweetbriarPoet: Have you always left a space after the number?

For instance, if I list more than one post by numbers, I automatically separate them with a comma, which cancels the link. I have to go back and put a space in to get it to work.

Jul 4, 2014, 6:29pm Top

>12 CurrerBell: I am entering them in the right order, but thank you for checking! :)

>13 humouress: I always put in a space. But I don't have to write in the person's name right? I'm literally just putting >(post#). If I'm doing it correctly, I'll report it to the bug collectors.

Jul 5, 2014, 7:47pm Top

Oh, >14 SweetbriarPoet: Don't enter a space between the > and the number... have I understood your response correctly? If so, the space might be your problem :) I've never had an issue w/ it working!
and no, you don't need to type in the person's name.

Jul 5, 2014, 7:48pm Top

and if I want to do more than one, I just do them in order... >14 SweetbriarPoet: >15 avanders: with a space in between each >#

Jul 9, 2014, 6:19pm Top

Is it possible to have more than one <vote> in a post? When I try, it seems to give them all the same description regardless of what I put in between the tags:

<vote>This is vote number one</vote>

Vote: This is vote number one

Current tally: Yes 1, No 2, Undecided 2
<vote>This is vote number two</vote>

Vote: This is vote number one

Current tally: Yes 1, No 2, Undecided 2

Jul 9, 2014, 10:54pm Top

>17 sandstone78:  That is odd.  I just got the same thing.

Edited: Jul 10, 2014, 8:59am Top

>17 sandstone78: >18 Rozax: Nope, no can do. If you post more than one question to a single post, they all come up as the same question.

This problem has come up in the Reading Through Time group. The work-around we use is to post the questions serially to multiple posts. Here's an example of how that was done in July, with five yes/no/undecided options given sequentially in posts 11 through 15.

EDIT to correct misspelling ("call" for "all") in first paragraph.

Nov 9, 2014, 8:24am Top

...added the un-ordered lists (which should have been put in long ago - thanks for the catch!), how to put in a bullet dot anywhere, and the caveat concerning no more than one working poll in a single message to the first message.

Dec 8, 2014, 11:14pm Top

Any clue how to rotate a picture 90 degrees? It was upright when I copied the location.

Edited: Apr 11, 2015, 3:47pm Top


Edited: Jul 28, 2015, 6:10am Top

Sorry for the very stupid question --- but how do i link to a previous post? As in, making a previous person's username become blue?

Jul 28, 2015, 6:15am Top

Type this character > immediately (no spaces) followed by the number of the post you want to refer to and you end up with >23 d-b: a link

Jul 28, 2015, 11:25am Top

>23 d-b: it's not a stupid question, you just didn't know. :)

Edited: Jul 29, 2015, 1:45pm Top

You can also use @ followed by a member name to link to their profile. The @ won't show up.


Jul 29, 2015, 2:05am Top

MarthaJeanne good to know!

Jul 29, 2015, 7:59am Top

>26 MarthaJeanne:, ha ha ha

I read your post and was wondering what the heck "aslo" was.... some new abbreviation? a new code lanuguage phrase? And then my brain decided I had had just the right amount of coffee to actually engage: ALSO. Oh, yes, I've done that type of typing, too, where the letters just won't sit in their assigned places.

Jul 29, 2015, 9:19am Top

>28 maggie1944: Ah, yes, the tragedy of dyslexic typing. I'm afraid it's incurable.

Jul 29, 2015, 1:46pm Top


Jul 29, 2015, 11:24pm Top

This is not a cool thing, but I have 2 spam messages on one of my threads. They are flagged, the body of the messages deleted, but they're still on the thread. Is there any way to completely remove them?

Jul 29, 2015, 11:51pm Top

Post #1 explains the purpose of this thread.

Jul 30, 2015, 9:25am Top

>31 kac522:

I'm not aware of any way. It is annoying, isn't it? :-(

Jul 30, 2015, 1:55pm Top

>33 amysisson: Yep, it is annoying, but thanks for responding. If anyone can refer me to the place where I might find the answer to this, I'd appreciate it.

Jul 30, 2015, 2:06pm Top

>31 kac522: The answer is that there is no way to completely get rid of the posts. If you don't like the answer you can post to the Recommend Site Improvements group at http://www.librarything.com/groups/recommendsiteimprov.

Jul 30, 2015, 2:14pm Top

>35 jjwilson61: Thanks, will do.

Nov 5, 2015, 9:54pm Top

I know how to include a book cover in my posts but when the source is LT they are the wrong size...the entire length doesn't show and the width is too large. Can I change the size? None of my experiments have worked.

Nov 6, 2015, 12:06pm Top

>37 clue: up at the top of this thread, I think the 8th instruction in that first post, it explains how. I usually start w/ a height of 200 for book covers and adjust my width accordingly... for "normal" book cover sizes, a width of 135 to 155 for a height of 200 usually works....

Nov 6, 2015, 6:24pm Top

>37 clue: I just use the formula above for posting images, but using "width=200". I copy the cover image location, and they appear uniform.

Check out how it looks here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/184858#4960286

Edited: Nov 6, 2015, 8:13pm Top

Dec 15, 2015, 9:33am Top

This thread probably should be part of an introductory "kit" for new members. So useful.

Dec 16, 2015, 12:40pm Top

Agree. I have it starred just so I don't lose it

Dec 20, 2015, 9:00am Top

I love the stars, they do such a good job of keeping LT manageable for me.

Dec 20, 2015, 9:02am Top

Funny..... I tried to edit the message 43 to add a sentence or two, but LT would not let me.

I am searching for a new place to store, edit, and share photographs. I have used Flickr but I think I cannot share the photographs I've edited and stored there so I want to find a new service. Does any one have some good recommendations?

Dec 20, 2015, 9:41am Top

>44 maggie1944: That's exactly why I gave up on them and started using Photobucket. Their downside is a couple of e-mails daily with nothing but commercials, but gmail is bright enough to separate them out from real messages.

Dec 20, 2015, 9:54am Top

>44 maggie1944: I use photobucket, too and I'm very happy with it.

Dec 20, 2015, 6:05pm Top

>1 JPB: In the OP, the directions on how to post &lt; are incorrect; there's an extra & in the middle.

For an URL that references a page within LibraryThing, you can help people who use other language variants of the site by supplying a relative link (one without the "http://www.librarything.com") rather than an absolute link. For example, the relative link to my catalogue is <a href=/catalog.php?view=Noisy>Noisy’s catalogue</a>.

Dec 20, 2015, 10:16pm Top

>44 maggie1944: Could you use Dropbox? I've never tried it myself, though I'm thinking about it, so I'd be interested in knowing if it works.

Dec 21, 2015, 3:09am Top

>48 humouress: Dropbox works a treat if you're sending large files to one or a few recipients, that is, as the alternative to e-mail when the files are too big for the letterbox. When I use it the uploads are s-l-o-o-o-o-w -- if memory serves me well, it once took 3 days to upload 1Gb.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 4:57pm Top

to heidi

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 4:57pm Top

Oops! in >50 dustydigger: I was trying to learn how to turn a title blue,tried to make ''heidi'' blue but failed. I am not very good at this sort of thing.I need very simple,step by step explanations,as to a small child.lol Ah well,back to the drawing board,will try again later. Bedtime :0)

Jan 19, 2016, 4:56pm Top

Enclose the title in square brackets. They are on the keyboard to the right of P, and lower case. Try again now.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 5:07pm Top

hello heidi

Jan 19, 2016, 5:00pm Top

Occasionally, you have to nudge it by editing the post. Make sure the touchstone appears to the right of the message box before you hit post.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 5:06pm Top

>51 dustydigger: - Nope,didnt work. And when I clicked edit to try to delete the post altogether,all I got was a note that I could not post an empty message.Totally confused,and I give up,time for bed!Will come back later.

Edited: Jan 19, 2016, 5:07pm Top

nope, tried and can't even show what a square bracket looks like.

Jan 19, 2016, 5:19pm Top

One on each side of the title, facing each other as shown

Jan 20, 2016, 12:11am Top

From >1 JPB: "This thread is a re-start of the thread started 5+ years ago, as some have complained that it was getting too long. This is the information thread - please keep it short by only adding to this thread new things that you find you can do in LibraryThing message posts. For experimenting with inserting pictures or the like, please create a practice thread. Thanks!"

Edited: Jan 20, 2016, 12:19am Top

OK. Finally managed it . Good old Heidi

Jan 20, 2016, 9:49am Top

>59 dustydigger: Congratulations!

Feb 24, 2016, 11:33am Top

Is there a way of doing superscript and subscript? Thanks.

Feb 24, 2016, 11:47am Top

>61 Cynfelyn:
Using the Character Map, I have been able to use
Alt+0185 = ¹
Alt+0178 = ²
Alt+0179 = ³
Alt+0176 = ° degree sign

I haven't found any subscripts yet.
I would also like to be able to do a long s [looks a lot like f].

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 12:04pm Top

Try "& # x 017F;" without the spaces and quotes -- ſ

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 12:09pm Top

test teſt


But it's not the really satisfying version that loops below the line. ʃ

I just googled it and then cut and pasted. That's how I normally do degrees too.

Feb 24, 2016, 12:26pm Top

Linux compose keys are ever so very much easier than silly Windows alt commands, bah. Alt+0383 is the code, however since it's a unicode not alt code character it won't work in most cases (alt codes don't go above 255). BUT, if you're using Fx (or Chrome or Safari) you can ctrl + shift+ I to open the console and type "copy('\uNNNN')" into it to do unicode chars; in this case, copy('\u017F'), and when you come back to the text box, you paste and get: ſ

Feb 24, 2016, 12:29pm Top

>64 2wonderY: But ʃ is esh, not long s.

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 1:54pm Top

>62 Taphophile13:
Thanks for that, but on this occasion I was looking of letters, specifically superscript lower case "i". I tried copying and pasting from a Word document, and the superscript element didn't survive the trip.

There's no angle-bracket jiggery-pokery for turning superscript off and on, is there?

Feb 24, 2016, 3:30pm Top

No. There is HTML for it but it's not supported here, only basic things are - to prevent malicious things being attempted.

Edited: Feb 24, 2016, 5:20pm Top

angle-bracket jiggery-pokery


Put 'sub' between angle brackets before and '/sub' between angle brackets after. For superscripts, use 'sup' and '/sup'

Feb 25, 2016, 3:21am Top

It can actually be used here? Huh, color me surprised, I thought everything was stripped out. hm.

Feb 25, 2016, 5:15am Top

A side note; if you're on an Apple laptop or iPad, you can get the degree sign ° by holding down the 0 (zero) key.

Feb 25, 2016, 8:18am Top

And if you're using Linux you can use the compose key to do the majority of symbols/characters in just a couple strokes. Doesn't really help with the questions asked here though.

Feb 25, 2016, 9:29am Top

What about color text? I've tried various html codes to no avail -- anyone found a trick that works here on LT?

Feb 25, 2016, 10:15am Top

>71 humouress: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking for that one ever since I got this!

Feb 25, 2016, 10:25am Top

No you cannot do color text with basic HTML.

Feb 25, 2016, 10:33am Top

Feb 25, 2016, 12:25pm Top

>69 2wonderY: That's terrific. Thanks so much.

Feb 25, 2016, 12:35pm Top

//Confession: I went to Wikipedia and hit the edit button to see the underlying html code.//

Feb 25, 2016, 2:05pm Top

>78 2wonderY: Well, aren't you clever! I wouldn't have thought to do that. Thank you for another tool (if I can remember to use it).

Feb 25, 2016, 5:43pm Top

>74 MarthaJeanne: You're welcome.

Feb 28, 2016, 1:30am Top

to get ˚ on an Apple, I hold down the option key and hit the letter K.

Edited: Feb 29, 2016, 1:58am Top

Another side note :0) to do with book review pages, not posts.

I'm assuming that some people (but not you, obviously) don't know how to rate a book with half stars; I've noticed in reviews that some people write that they give a book something-and-a-half stars but when they rate it they give it full stars.

So, just in case, say you want to give 3.5 stars, click / touch the 4th star (which gives 4 stars)
and then click the 4th star again, which will make it into a half. Voila; three and a half stars!

Mar 1, 2016, 8:25am Top

>82 humouress: And the third time you clear the stars, and are back to no stars at all.

Mar 5, 2016, 5:28am Top

>69 2wonderY: I've just realized you answered my question about superscript and subscript with angle-bracket jiggery-pokery. That's worth adding to the top message the next time this thread's renewed. Many thanks.

Mar 5, 2016, 8:32am Top

>74 MarthaJeanne: The only problem I have with what >69 2wonderY: did is that she also created links on the three letters. You didn't do that intentionally, did you?

Mar 5, 2016, 12:14pm Top

>85 CurrerBell: I think I could edit out the nonessential stuff that was on Wikipedia.


Yep. They had square brackets in their string that aren't necessary; or perhaps it was done deliberately to link to another article.

Jun 13, 2016, 6:06pm Top

Regarding embedding images... is there a way to align text next to an image? Someone posted in a group that it would be cool to position the review next to an image of the book/movie/etc instead of entering the text above or below the picture. Is this something that is possible on LT?

Sep 11, 2016, 6:13am Top

Thanks here's the link for the photos overall pretty satisfied with this set good quality and Easton did a great jod of putting this together. http://s50.photobucket.com/user/Carl_Hancock/media/image.jpg1_zpsdnegojfo.jpg.ht...

Sep 11, 2016, 10:36pm Top

>87 ScoLgo: There are HTML tags you can use to do that on a web page, but I don't know if they'd work in a post, and I don't have my copy of HTML For Dummies handy to try it myself to see if they work. I have my doubts tho as the space a post appears in is limited vs a regular web page.

Sep 11, 2016, 11:57pm Top

>87 ScoLgo: >89 rastaphrog: Nope, doesn't seem like it's going to work. As far as I'm aware, you can't do it with HTML alone. I'd use the "style" attribute with the float property, but there we're getting into CSS. I tried doing that here on LT and it doesn't work, and I'm sure it's not some little glitch I've got in the code because I did a copy-and-paste into a text editor and saved it as an HTML document which does work on my laptop in its own separate browser page.

CSS is getting a bit more powerful than HTML alone and TPTB may not want that kind of fancy-schmancy stuff in user posts. It may also be more difficult for coding LT's back-end PHP for the message boards, and all things considered, Tim & Company have other things to do besides fancy up the message boards.

Sep 12, 2016, 4:44am Top

Only basic HTML is allowed, not due to any difficulty but because of security. If you allow all sorts of things in then people can try injecting malicious code in the site.

Sep 12, 2016, 6:22am Top

Or custard. The may try injecting custard into the site. Delicious, but sticky.

Sep 12, 2016, 1:32pm Top

>92 MrAndrew: Oh, phew! Finally something I understand.

Sep 12, 2016, 7:00pm Top

>89 rastaphrog: >90 CurrerBell: >91 .Monkey.: Thank you for the replies, everyone!

>92 MrAndrew: Malicious code or custard? Of the two, I think custard may be the slightly more evil, (#notafanofcustard).

Oct 7, 2016, 12:38pm Top

Fixed the bug mentioned in post 47. Also added superscript and subscripts, mentioned in post 69.

I'd point out that for some of the more common symbols discussed above in this thread, such a degrees, you can use the "ampersand" constructs mentioned in the OP. &deg; is simpler, at least for me, than remembering an odd keyboard sequence.

Edited: May 7, 2017, 8:49am Top

Is there any way to do lines (both horizontal and vertical)? I'm reading a series which covers quite a few dynasties and I wanted to create a family tree.

May 7, 2017, 11:15pm Top

>96 humouress: I can't think of any, at least not for something you'd be posting on LibraryThing. There are ways you could do it with JavaScript and the HTML5 canvas element, but that sort of thing would be blocked on LT message boards for security reasons.

If you want to post some kind of family-tree diagram to LT, the simplest thing would be to draw it manually, scan it, post it as a JPG in your Member Gallery, and then link to it on the message boards.

May 8, 2017, 12:29am Top

Thanks CurrerBell. I'll muck around and see what I come up with.

May 10, 2017, 11:17pm Top

Want these horizontal lines? Just use <hr> which stands for horizontal rule.

This is what you get:

Edited: May 11, 2017, 7:35am Top


May 11, 2017, 12:37pm Top

>99 weird_O: I'm certainly aware of the <hr> coding but >98 humouress: wants to diagram family trees and that would require vertical lines as well, along with fairly precise positioning of both text and lines. The <hr> tag won't come close to what >98 humouress: needs.


I tried the <pre> tag but on the LT message boards it doesn't seem to preserve spaces.

Henry VII
Henry VIII
| | |
| | |
Edward VI Mary I Elizabeth I

Okay, I tried a layout using &nbsp; and it sorta-kinda seems to work on the LT message boards. I got this much, but it was just too complicated to be bothered including Elizabeth I. I tried it but it just wasn't working. Either I'm committing a typo or the LT message boards have some kind of restriction on &nbsp; – some kind of limitation on just how much white space you can include.

                              ​Henry VIII
     |                               |​
     |                               |​
Edward VI                  Mary I


My suggestion to >98 humouress:? Exactly what I said in >97 CurrerBell:. This is one of these questions that ... if you have to ask how to do it, then don't do it. You'll spend a lot of time tinkering, and unless you're into web coding you'll get bored silly before you get the job done.

May 11, 2017, 1:05pm Top

>102 weird_O: Ah, guilty of responding to a post without really reading its antecedents, Mike. I think your suggestion (>97 CurrerBell:) is ideal: draw it, scan it, post it as an image. But if the family tree gets too complex, it'll be difficult to read on line.

Edited: May 11, 2017, 1:24pm Top

And with things like this, you can't be sure that even if you get it to read correctly on your computer that it will read the same way on all other computers. A scanned image should stay the same.

Edited: May 11, 2017, 5:17pm Top

I appreciate all your hard work and suggestions, folks. I've managed to come up with something in my thread for now, but that's just the first book in an 8 book series, so it'll get more complex further on. I'll probably have to go with the image route at some point.

But can you post images in a review on a book's page?

Edited: May 11, 2017, 9:48pm Top

You can embed images on message board threads, but it doesn't look like you can do so in reviews. (I tried it using the exact same code but it only works on threads, not reviews. I'd be curious if anyone could show me otherwise.)

Of course, you can always put a hyperlink to the image into your review (<a> tag is what I mean, as opposed to <src> tag). Problem with that is, it doesn't look like you can use the target="_blank" code to try forcing the hyperlinked image to open in a new tab, so you're going take your readers away from the LT review.

ETA: Incidentally, you did a positively beautiful job of that family tree in your thread! Lots better than I did with Henry VIII and his heirs. I'm going to have to take a look at your code when I have a little more time.

Edited: Jun 2, 2017, 7:50am Top

>105 CurrerBell: Thanks Mike! There are a lot of &nbsp s and I don't know if the spacing will hold if I copy it to a review. Plus that's only the first book of 8 and it's going to get more complex (and proportionately exponentially more frustrating) as I go along.

Another question - is it possible to rotate photographs? I took a photo with my iPad in portrait but it's copied into my gallery here lying horizontally, and I was hoping to copy it to my thread the right way up.

Jun 2, 2017, 6:32am Top

iThings seem to do that, not actually making photos taken that way marked in such a way that it's recognized outside iThings. You'll need to save the image and rotate in an image editing program or website that offers that kind of tool.

Jun 2, 2017, 7:52am Top

Okay, thanks. I'll have a go (I seem to get technologically more illiterate as the years go by - laziness on my part, not keeping up).

Edited: Jun 2, 2017, 6:37pm Top

>108 humouress: If I am taking pictures for LT with my iPad I take them in landscape and crop it to the portrait picture I want. You lose some quality, but the results work for me.

Jun 4, 2017, 12:41am Top

>109 MarthaJeanne: Good tip, thanks. (Yet another obvious solution that never occurred to me.)

Jul 11, 2017, 9:15pm Top

is there a way to write text next to an image and not under it?

Jul 11, 2017, 9:46pm Top

>111 cnerys: Only if it is a smallish image. And the text will be next to the picture, but at the bottom.

Edited: Jul 11, 2017, 10:48pm Top

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Edited: Aug 9, 2017, 2:34am Top

>106 humouress: >108 humouress: Aaaghh! I finally posted my review, but the &nbsp code doesn't save in reviews :0(

So - any more ideas anyone?

Aug 9, 2017, 8:06am Top

>114 humouress: It saves for me, but it doesn't give me as much white space as I would expect. Are you sure you put a semicolon after the code? It should read


Aug 9, 2017, 9:11am Top

I copied the whole review over from my thread, where it works perfectly well, and it seems to work at first, but when I go back to look at it, the spaces disappear and then when I go to edit the review, all the &nbsps (with semi colons) have disappeared too.

The blockquote code doesn't work for me either, when I copy it from my thread into a review.

Aug 9, 2017, 9:18am Top

>114 humouress: Pretty sure most of the codes do not work in reviews. I know the one for spoilers doesn't. Groups and reviews are different creatures because reviews are public and other sources such as libraries pull from them.

Aug 9, 2017, 9:33am Top

>117 MrsLee: http://www.librarything.com/work/80783/reviews/143487540 - I seem to have managed to insert a hidden spoiler paragraph here. Are we talking about the same thing?

Aug 9, 2017, 11:24am Top

>117 MrsLee: I recall seeing an entire review behind a spoiler and I've seen many with several paragraphs.

Edited: Aug 9, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>117 MrsLee: Thanks, I see :0/

Does anyone know how I can put spaces into a review? I've tried full-stops, but somehow it doesn't look good on a family tree....

ETA: that's so weird. I'm working on my iPad and ran down the battery. After partially recharging it, I went back to have another go at the family tree - and it all looks fine.

Could someone please do me a favour and tell me what it looks like from your end? The two books are Shapechangers and Shapechanger's Song. Thanks.

Aug 9, 2017, 7:26pm Top

>118 abbottthomas: Oh, well maybe I've got that backwards!

Aug 9, 2017, 9:32pm Top

(I can see the spoilers in both threads and reviews because I haven't set it to hide. But that means I can't tell you if there's any difference.)

Aug 9, 2017, 11:47pm Top

>122 humouress: Set what to hide? Text within spoiler tags is hidden until you click it to unhide it. I don't believe there's a setting to always unhide spoiler text.

Edited: Aug 10, 2017, 1:37am Top

>123 jjwilson61: (See, now you're just making me do work and get technical.) I had a look in account settings and so on but I can't find it.

Back when LT changed to the new look (slightly different header colour on posts, different text colour on links) there was an option to stick with the old style and I stuck. Either because I opted to stay with the old style or there was a choice at the time (which, I'm sure, is reversible except I can't find it now), the spoiler tags don't work for me.

ETA: site design selection, bottom right hand corner of your profile page.

Aug 11, 2017, 4:39pm Top

>120 humouress: Nina, there is nothing in either of your reviews that hides a spoiler - I see the entire family tree in both.

I know from experience that most (if not all) of the HTML doesn't seem to work in the review. When I copy my thread post into review, I never bother click edit and copy the HTML version, I just copy the saved version that appears on the screen to save myself time, since the HTML doesn't work. Bummer, isn't it!

I do kind of remember an option to either see or unsee spoilers somewhere - but it is a VERY vague recollection.

Aug 11, 2017, 10:52pm Top

Thanks Robin. It's good to know that the family trees are working.

I should just do what you do and save myself some hassle; I copy the HTML version and then I have to go through and change stuff, but sometimes I miss things.

My recollection is equally vague about seeing or unseeing the spoiler tag. I don't use it (it was >118 abbottthomas:) since I can't see it anyway, to check I've put it in the right place and because I try to write reviews without spoilers. It's a bit hard not to put spoilers in when the Cheysuli series is an 8 book saga, though. Maybe I should switch the tags on - if I could remember how! ;0)

Jan 6, 2018, 9:29am Top

How do you post a moving image as opposed to a still picture? Do you still use the img src="" (in pointy brackets)? That never seems to work for me. Of course, they don't have the jpg ending.

Jan 6, 2018, 10:41am Top

Yes, it's the same no matter what file type. jpg, gif, png, whatever, as long as it's an image file.

Jan 6, 2018, 11:09am Top

Ah! Thanks.

Jan 16, 2018, 9:56pm Top

I've forgotten how to do the spoiler thing in my reviews, where you can block something out but it can be revealed if somebody clicks on it. Can anybody help me out here please?

Jan 16, 2018, 9:59pm Top

>130 Roro8: spoiler between the angle brackets
/spoiler between the angle brackets to close

Jan 16, 2018, 10:05pm Top

>131 Taphophile13:, great, thank you. It worked perfectly.

Edited: Jan 19, 2018, 7:34am Top

I believe the LT wiki was migrated due to spammer issues. I used to use a star gif from wiki in my reviews:

IMG SRC="http://www.librarything.com/wiki/images/6/62/Full-star.gif"

But now all those links are broken. Anyone know where I can find it now?

ETA: nevermind, must have been a temporary glitch.

Jan 20, 2018, 9:12pm Top

>134 majkia: Interesting. I just found this higher level URL — https://wiki.librarything.com/images/ — and its sub-folders are accessible. Might be fun to browse through them when I have a chance. (Aside from the Full-star.gif, most that I've looked at so far don't seem at all interesting.)

Edited: Aug 7, 2018, 7:31pm Top

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Jan 5, 2:06pm Top

Nothing to contribute, merely bumping this helpful thread to the top.

Mar 1, 2:46pm Top

Recently embedded code on my home page which used to display cute little things like maps, temp, quizs etc. have stopped working. I get a tiny blue window instead. When I click on it it still takes you to the website referenced, but you can see the pic on the home page. What has changed and how can I fix it? Other people are able to display these things successfully.

Mar 1, 2:52pm Top

>138 varielle: My maps completely disappeared (no tiny blue window) on Firefox. I can see my visitor maps and flags on Chrome, so it may be browser dependent.

Mar 1, 3:12pm Top

Aha! I can see it on Safari, but not on Windows using Chrome and oddly enough can see it using Firefox. We did just go through an upgrade.

Mar 1, 5:13pm Top

Are the links to the images http: or https:? I think some browsers won't show an http: image on an https: page and most LT pages are https:.

Mar 2, 12:25am Top

For me, the blue boxes/ disappearing images fluctuate; sometimes they're there and other times they're not even without changing browsers.

Mar 4, 4:24am Top

Thanks for the tips, everybody!

Apr 18, 1:58pm Top

Can anybody tell me why, if I upload an image that I've taken on a decent camera to my computer and then to my member gallery, it seems to come out in the gallery at much lower resolution?

Apr 18, 2:36pm Top

>144 haydninvienna: A blind antelope (no-eye deer), sorry. But I reduce my images to 500-600 pixels across before uploading.

Apr 18, 10:17pm Top

>145 hfglen: sprung! (Pronked?) I didn’t want to put that question in the other threads, but it’s annoying that I can’t seem to upload a picture without it looking like I don’t know how to focus a camera.

May 4, 10:39am Top

& euro ; (without the spaces) gives a euro symbol: €.

Edited: May 4, 2:40pm Top

What did I do wrong.

May 4, 2:47pm Top

You need the semicolon after it. €

Edited: May 4, 2:54pm Top

Aha, thanks.

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