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Extra Text Formatting Options

While none of these codes are necessary to know, there may be a case where you want to enter some extra formatting into your property description and summary fields. The following HTML codes are accepted by the HouseFlash system and can therefore be employed to enhance your descriptions. While a brief description of their use is included here, you may want to consult an HTML manual for more details.

  BRACKETS

All HTML tags are enclosed within < > brackets.
Anything that is written between the < and > brackets will be invisible, and not appear on your page.

CASE SENSITIVE?

HTML tags are NOT case sensitive.
So, <center> is the same as <CENTER> is the same as <Center>.


OPENING & CLOSING TAGS

Almost all HTML commands have an opening and a closing tag. For example, the opening tag, <center> causes all text and graphics that appear after the tag to be centered in the page. Everything will remain centered until the closing tag </center> is used.
The / is the command to close that particular function.

LINE BREAKS

<br>
This starts a new line. NO closing tag is needed. In the HouseFlash software you shouldn't need to use this tag as if you hit a carriage return, the software will insert a break for you automatically.

PARAGRAPHS

<p>
This misses one line and starts a new line. NO closing tag is needed.
Note: In some documents you will see the closing tag </p> used. You do not need to use it.

In the HouseFlash software you shouldn't need to use this tag as if you hit a carriage return, the software will insert a break for you and start a new paragraph automatically.

If you add <p align=right> to the tag, then it will make the text form on the right hand side of the page.

For example, <p align=right> See, this text is over here!!!
Will appear as

See, this text is over here!!!


BOLD LETTERS

<b>
This tag causes the letters to be bold. You must always close with the </b> tag. The same effect can also be had with <strong> tag.

UNDERLINED LETTERS

<u>
This tag causes the letters to be underlined. You must always close with the </u> tag. It is not recommended to use this as most people assume that underlined text is a link therefore you may cause confusion.

ITALICS

<i>
This tag causes the letters to be italicised. You must always close with the </i> tag. The same effect can also be had with <em> tag, meaning emphasize.

HORIZONTAL LINES

<hr>
This tag makes a very fine shaded horizontal line such as is used throughout this page. NO closing tag is needed.
You can also control the thickness, length and alignment of the line, by combining the following attributes:
Width is expressed as a % of the width of the page.
For example, <hr width=50%>


Size is (thickness) expressed as a number (of pixels).
For example, <hr width=50% size=10>


Align can be left or right. If not specified, it will default to the center.
For example, <hr width=50% size=10 align=right>


Noshade You can make the line dark by specifying noshade.
For example,<hr width=50% size=10 align=right noshade>


TO CENTER TEXT

<center>
This will cause whatever follows to be centered in the next line in the page. You must always close with the </center> tag.
For example:
<center> This text is centered </center> will appear as:


This text is centered

There are several different types of lists that can be very useful. Please note that they are not always read EXACTLY the same by all browsers. There can be some variation in the line spacings and the type of bullet displayed.

Un Numbered Lists
Numbered Lists
Nested Lists
Definition Lists



UN-NUMBERED LISTS

<ul>
Begins an un-numbered, indented list. Each item in that list is then prefaced with the <li>tag. It is not necessary to insert a break at the end of each line. The <li> function will automatically create the new line. You must end with the </ul> tag.

<ul>
<li>
Kangaroo
<li>Koala
<li>Emu
</ul> appears as:


  • Kangaroo
  • Koala
  • Emu

ORDERED or NUMBERED LISTS

<ol>
Begins a numbered, indented list. Each item in that list is then prefaced with the <li>tag. It is not necessary to insert a break at the end of each line. The <li> function will automatically create the new line. You must always close with the </ol> tag.

<ol>
<li>
Wombat
<li>Wallaby
<li>Tasmanian tiger
</ol> appears as:


  1. Wombat
  2. Wallaby
  3. Tasmanian tiger

NESTED LISTS

A nested list begins in the same way as an un-numbered list. The nesting (or subsequent indenting in of the list) is created by typing in the <ul> tag several times.
You must close with the </ul> tag, repeating once for every time that the <ul> tag is used. In the following example, <ul> is used 3 times, therefore </ul> MUST also be used 3 times.

<ul> <li>Jabiru
<ul> <li>Kookaburra
<ul> <li>Quokka
</ul> </ul> </ul> appears as:


  • Jabiru
    • Kookaburra
      • Quokka

DEFINITION LISTS

Definition lists are different to other lists in that they do not use the <li> tag, and no "bullet" appears at the beginning of each listed line.
There are 3 tags used within a definition list:

<dl> Begins the list. The list is closed with the </dl> tag.
<dt> Is the term to be defined.
<dd> Is the definition.

<dl>
<dt>
Marsupial
<dd>Animals of the class of mammals that produce their young partly developed and carry them for a time in a pouch.
<dt>Platypus
<dd>A primitive aquatic, burrowing, egg-laying mammal of Tasmania and Eastern Australia with a bony duck-like beak and flattened tail.
</dl> appears as:


Marsupial
Animals of the class of mammals that produce their young partly developed and carry them for a time in a pouch.
Platypus
A primitive aquatic, burrowing, egg-laying mammal of Tasmania and Eastern Australia with a bony duck-like beak and flattened tail.

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