I can't get my posts to switch font modes in a single text area. July 29, 2005 11:27 PM   Subscribe

I can't get my posts to switch font modes in a single area of the text, it's all or nothing. I have a mac with OS 10.4 and use safari.
posted by iwouldificould to Bugs at 11:27 PM (13 comments total)

you mean ital and bold, or actual different fonts?
posted by amberglow at 9:52 AM on July 30, 2005

ital and bold, sorry I should have been clearer.
posted by iwouldificould at 7:54 PM on July 30, 2005

do you have a screenshot? i'm able to do it on 10.3 and every browser (safari, firefox, explorer, opera)
posted by amberglow at 7:58 PM on July 30, 2005

Screen shot? I don't have one, are you referring to a link, to a post of mine? or a screen shot of what my screen looks like. I assume the second, and I don't (nor do I know how to get one). I can say that on my PC there is no problems as there are little icons at the bottom right of the comment box for most functions just not on the Mac. At least there used to be.
posted by iwouldificould at 9:33 AM on July 31, 2005

Blimey - you're right. There are no little buttons in Safari. I could've sword there used to be.

I'm not too clear on what you mean by 'all or nothing', though - can you do the same stuff that the little buttons do, but manually, so to speak?

As in by typing something like:

<em>This is some text I want in italics</em>, <strong>but this must be bold!</strong>

Because going by the live preview, I can use italic and bold in Safari on 10.4 with no problems.
posted by jack_mo at 12:55 PM on July 31, 2005

Um, sworn.
posted by jack_mo at 12:55 PM on July 31, 2005

i use < i> and < /i> myself for ital; < b> and < /b> for bold (but without the spaces)
posted by amberglow at 1:18 PM on July 31, 2005

Amberglow's method is more literally correct, but jack_mo's method is probably the better solution, since on MeFi those two font choices are almost always used for emphasis. Contextual tags, instead of merely presentational ones. The buttons use em and strong.
posted by Plutor at 4:41 AM on August 1, 2005

If in the future, Matt was to switch the whole site to all-italics (not likely, but I do not claim to know the future of MeFi), it would be a simple CSS matter to make <em> tags be not-italic. Whereas all of amberglow's italics would be lost.
posted by Plutor at 4:42 AM on August 1, 2005

The buttons use em and strong.

As do all right-thinking people.
posted by grouse at 5:21 AM on August 1, 2005

Thanks for the help. I was just doing things a little off. I have just switched to MAC from PC and find myself a little more easily panicked in the new environment. Again thanks to all those who replied.
posted by iwouldificould at 12:33 PM on August 1, 2005

. . . thanks for coming. Sigh. Please hold.
posted by nobody at 9:55 PM on August 4, 2005

Oh, my. It's that neighbor boy and his damn friends. Quick, in here...
posted by nobody at 11:05 AM on August 25, 2005

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