The New How To Do Fancy Things In Your Posts Thread
Join LibraryThing to post.
<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
<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 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:
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:
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>.
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:
Vote: Do you like this post?
Current tally: Yes 24, No 1, Undecided 2
...oh, by the way, the easy way to put a < in a message is to type <. The easy way to put a > in a message is to type >. Now how to type < in a post? Simple: Type &lt; :D
Here are some other things that you can put in with those nifty &whatever; things:
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!
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.
>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.
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.
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)
>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.
>10 SweetbriarPoet: Are you absolutely sure you're entering >19, not 19>? That's a mistake that I often make.
>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.
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.
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 two</vote>
Vote: This is vote number one
Current tally: Yes 1, No 2, Undecided 2
Vote: This is vote number one
Current tally: Yes 1, No 2, Undecided 2
>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.
...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.
Any clue how to rotate a picture 90 degrees? It was upright when I copied the location.
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?
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
You can also use @ followed by a member name to link to their profile. The @ won't show up.
>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.
>28 maggie1944: Ah, yes, the tragedy of dyslexic typing. I'm afraid it's incurable.
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?
>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.
>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.
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.
>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....
This thread probably should be part of an introductory "kit" for new members. So useful.
I love the stars, they do such a good job of keeping LT manageable for me.
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?
>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.
>1 JPB: In the OP, the directions on how to post < 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>.
>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.
>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.
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)
Enclose the title in square brackets. They are on the keyboard to the right of P, and lower case. Try again now.
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.
>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.
nope, tried and can't even show what a square bracket looks like.
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!"
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].
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.
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
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?
No. There is HTML for it but it's not supported here, only basic things are - to prevent malicious things being attempted.
It can actually be used here? Huh, color me surprised, I thought everything was stripped out. hm.
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.
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.
What about color text? I've tried various html codes to no avail -- anyone found a trick that works here on LT?
>71 humouress: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking for that one ever since I got this!
//Confession: I went to Wikipedia and hit the edit button to see the underlying html code.//
>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).
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!
>82 humouress: And the third time you clear the stars, and are back to no stars at all.
>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.
>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.
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?
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...
>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.
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.
Or custard. The may try injecting custard into the site. Delicious, but sticky.
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. ° is simpler, at least for me, than remembering an odd keyboard sequence.
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.
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.
Want these horizontal lines? Just use <hr> which stands for horizontal rule.
This is what you get:
>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.
Okay, I tried a layout using 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 – some kind of limitation on just how much white space you can include.
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.
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.
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?
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.
>105 CurrerBell: Thanks Mike! There are a lot of   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
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.
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.
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).
>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.
>109 MarthaJeanne: Good tip, thanks. (Yet another obvious solution that never occurred to me.)
>111 cnerys: Only if it is a smallish image. And the text will be next to the picture, but at the bottom.
>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
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  s (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.
>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.
>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?
>117 MrsLee: I recall seeing an entire review behind a spoiler and I've seen many with several paragraphs.
>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.
(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.)
>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.
>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.
>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.
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)
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.
Yes, it's the same no matter what file type. jpg, gif, png, whatever, as long as it's an image file.
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?
>130 Roro8: spoiler between the angle brackets
/spoiler between the angle brackets to close
I believe the LT wiki was migrated due to spammer issues. I used to use a star gif from wiki in my reviews:
But now all those links are broken. Anyone know where I can find it now?
ETA: nevermind, must have been a temporary glitch.
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