Felix made a couple mistakes during his last article writing session. Can you spot them?
Like many Expert Authors, Felix knows enough basic HTML code to dress up the style and format of his content. He’ll often use code to emphasize points or build anchor text in his Resource Box. He knows that HTML code inside articles can help him:
- Emphasize important ideas
- Organize information
- Break articles up into sections
- Format links to supplementary information*
Unfortunately, Felix sometimes uses too much HTML text styling. Excessive use of the bold, italics and underline styling options can distract readers from the real meaning of the content. As more sections are made bold, each bolded section stands out less.
Felix also forgot to double-check his HTML code in the WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) submission form, so the text in the article didn’t come out quite the way he wanted. Remember that precision counts when using HTML coding, and the slightest typing error can affect the appearance of the entire article. If you choose to use HTML in your submissions, the WYSIWYG form is a great way to discover how HTML works, and it’s also a great way to check that it’s right.
When WYSIWYG is turned off, all the behind-the-scenes code appears in the text. When it’s turned on, the code is translated and applied to the text, so the article displays as it would on the web. The WYSIWYG feature in the new Article Submission Form accurately displays all allowable tags. Turning the feature on will show any mistakes loud and clear.
Lessons from Felix:
- Limit HTML Styling – Limit any HTML styling to the most important points of each article.
- Use WYSIWYG to Check Code – Toggling the WYSIWYG feature on and off is a great way to check that the HTML is formatted correctly.
- Discover How to Use HTML with the WYSIWYG – If, as a beginner, you are interested in using HTML code to improve the appearance of your articles or other web content, use the WYSIWYG form.
Remember these lessons when submitting your next quality, original article set. Also, leave a comment and let us know how you use HTML in your articles.
*Note: The Article Submission Form will automatically convert any properly formatted URL in the Resource Box into a clickable link. HTML tags for linked URLs are recommended, but not necessary.