Is this because I'm new? November 22, 2004 12:58 PM   Subscribe

Help! I can't set up links within my comments. Beneath the comment box I only have Preview and Spellcheck: no link button, no bold, no italics. Is this because I'm new? I sure would like to be able to link to things to, you know, back up my comments. Thanks for your help!
posted by Fuzzy Monster to Bugs at 12:58 PM (22 comments total)

What browser are you using?
posted by zelphi at 12:58 PM on November 22, 2004


I'm using Internet Explorer.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:07 PM on November 22, 2004


you can always link just using the html. Just switch the [ and ] with a < and> respectively.

Link
[a href="http://www.foo.com"]Link[/a]

Italic
[em]text[/em]

Bold
[strong]text[/strong]
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 1:08 PM on November 22, 2004


Back in my day we hand coded links... and we liked it!
posted by jpburns at 1:16 PM on November 22, 2004


Ah, yes, coding by hand... just like Grandma used to do. In minus fifty degree weather. Before another twenty-hour shift in the acid mines.

Seriously, though-- coding by hand is a good idea.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:23 PM on November 22, 2004


Links cost extra.
posted by Shane at 1:35 PM on November 22, 2004


Shane, that made me chuckle:
like selling 'Elevator Passes' to wide-eyed freshman on their 1st day of school.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:38 PM on November 22, 2004


*ahem* freshmen, that is.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:40 PM on November 22, 2004


You thought I was kidding..?

Wait -- hey Matt, I want my ten bucks back!
posted by Shane at 1:42 PM on November 22, 2004


It's not the browser, it's the OS. I'm going to take a wild guess and say you're using a pre-OS X Mac. Any Mac running IE I've ever used didn't have the buttons up there.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:52 PM on November 22, 2004


I know it's evangelising, but why not splash out on a copy of FireFox?
It's free, and it works - woot!
posted by NinjaPirate at 2:17 PM on November 22, 2004


If XQUZYPHYR is correct, then Firefox won't help, mostly because there is no OS9 port of Firefox.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 3:19 PM on November 22, 2004


no, I'm a new user too, and using OSX mac, safari, and I don't have the buttons there.
Of course, I know HTML so I don't really care. Nor did I notice until this was brought up.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 4:11 PM on November 22, 2004


Hey, I never noticed that either, Buddha. Same setup, no buttons. Cool.
posted by tracicle at 5:30 PM on November 22, 2004


Tracicle, this has to do with the fact that Matt figures us safari-using mac-owners are savvy enough to figure out HTML without needing special little buttons.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:33 PM on November 22, 2004


safari doesn't support the right kind of javascript. In many apps you won't get helpful UI hacks like html buttons in safari.

Use firefox. You'll even get to use keystrokes (control-shift-a to build a link after highlighting the text).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:23 PM on November 22, 2004


this is eerie-- just as BuddhaInABucket can't see the link buttons using OSX and Safari, I (Buddhanarchist), cannot see them... You guys messin' with our prajna? Are we not sufficiently piercing the veil of Maya to see... The Buttons?
Would love to get those buttons on safari as I (*ashamed*) know no html.. pathetic no-button-seein' buddhanarchist that I am...
posted by buddhanarchist at 1:54 AM on November 23, 2004


Mr. Fuzzy_Monster? Yes, welcome to MeTa. I'm the Wallet Inspector...now if you would be so kind as to let me carefully inspect your wallet...thank you...let's see, everything appears to be in order...(YOINK)
posted by davidmsc at 7:04 AM on November 23, 2004


I (*ashamed*) know no html...

All the HTML you need to know:

<strong>Bold</strong>

<em>Italic</em>

<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/">Link</a>

<big>BIG</big>

<small>small</small>

&hearts; = ♥
(IMPORTANT: After you hit Preview, the &hearts; will turn into an image of a heart. Delete this image, replace it with &hearts; again, and THEN hit post!)

<img src="http://whatever.jpg"width=25%> =

(Use images RARELY.)
posted by Shane at 7:19 AM on November 23, 2004


Hey, wait a minute! That wasn't the Wallet Inspector!

Thank you for the welcome, Mr. davidmc. And thanks for your help, everyone.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:32 AM on November 23, 2004


I get it: html makes bunnies. I thought it would be harder than that.

(Actually: I got Firefox for OS X, as to avoid html altogether-- but its good to know both. Thanks Shane)
posted by buddhanarchist at 12:26 PM on November 23, 2004


(Upon seeing infamous pancake bunny...)

*SPEWS ROFLCHINO SUPER LATTE COFFEE ALL OVER MONITOR; CHOKES TO DEATH*
posted by Kleptophoria! at 2:35 PM on November 23, 2004


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