Digital Tool Tips

We’ll use this page to catalog tips for using digital tools.

HTML. Knowing a little html never hurt anyone. This allows you to edit the code of a webpage, and it’s helpful to know if you don’t have a WYSIWYG. Here are some of the most common features.

<b>Bold</b> or <strong>Bold</strong>
<em>Italics</em>
<a href=”[url]”>Hyperlink</a>
<a href=”mailto:[email address]”>Email</a>

So, for example, even though WordPress offers a WYSIWYG and gives you buttons for bold, italics, and adding links, it doesn’t offer an “embed email address” option. When you are editing a page or a post, note that you can switch between “Visual” and “Text,” and “Text” allows you to edit the html. If I went into “Text” edit mode and wrote <a href=”mailto:mrking@sbu.edu”>Email me!</a>, you would then be able to email me by clicking on the link.

Note that several different platforms allow you to “embed” the content that you find there by providing the html. YouTube offers this with the “Share” button under a video. Twitter offers it under the “…/More” button on a tweet. This makes it easy to copy the embed code and paste it on your site.

Tumblr. The Tumblr. dashboard doesn’t offer a WYSIWYG, but when you create a new post, you can edit the settings of the post to switch from “Rich text” to “html,” and this will allow you to stylize your writing, add links, etc. If you want to add tags to your post, you can write them into the #tags field, but keep in mind that Tumblr. will make anything you write all one tag unless you click in the box again to start a new tag.