HTML Numbered Lists and HTML Bullets

Krishna said, “I noticed and article you did about HTML basics – I then was looking at some articles and came across one that they had the html for bullets, bold etc in their article – I guess so other readers could pick this up easily. I see you don’t post your articles in that way. What do you recommend?”

Yeah, pretty conflicting message, eh?

The reason that I try to avoid using the HTML BULLETS and HTML NUMBERED LISTS in my syndicated articles is to make my article more universally available to prevent mis-interpretation. Sometimes publishers can be lazy and rather than use our handy EzinePublisher tool to grab a copy of the article, they will copy and paste the article. If I used HTML BULLETS or HTML NUMBERED LISTS, they might not copy and paste the HTML code that created the pretty bullets or numbered lists.

I’m trying to keep my articles in the lowest common denominator format that will increase my chances of not having the article miss-copy and pasted wrong… also, when Ezine Publishers use content, they don’t have the luxury of HTML code to make the pretty bullets or numbered lists… so by doing them without HTML, I make their job easier when using my content. Make sense?



I may be misunderstanding your point, but…

If you publish your articles and include bold and italics etc, and then SOME article sites respect the bold/ital but others don’t…

Then you have SOME of your articles out there looking spiffed up with bold and ital, but others, with none.

Whereas, if you publish articles with NO bold or ital, then the number of article sites that publish your articles looking spiffy with bold and ital will be NONE.

Is it me, or is “some” better than “none”?

(I just got back from running… can you tell?)

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Comment provided November 22, 2006 at 3:51 PM



Good God. Scratch what I just said from the record. I TOTALLY missed your point. You’re talking about numbered lists and bullets.

Yeah – I avoid those too.

Comment provided November 22, 2006 at 3:58 PM


Tel Asiado writes:

Hi Chris,

Makes a lot of sense.
I’m also a believer of the KISS concept.

Kind regards,
p.s. Btw, when will your eZine MUG get to Sydney, Australia? Hint! Hint!

Comment provided November 22, 2006 at 3:59 PM


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