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Editado: Fev 2, 2009, 11:22 am

For the three who sent messages asking about how to make things's a "centralized" answer. :-)


You change the text style by using opening and closing commands around the text. So:

This is <b>bold</b>, <i>italic</i>, and <u>underline</u>.


This is bold, italic, and underline.

You can even do strikethrough with a <strike> + </strike> block.

You create a link to another Web page by enclosing with the 'a' tag. The actual link goes in the opening tag, the English version in between the tags. So:

This will take you to <a href="">LibraryThing</a>


This will take you to LibraryThing.


You embed an image with the 'img' tag. It has no closing tag. So:

<img src="">



Most other HTML—such as tables, font changes, etc.—is not supported in LT's forums. You can trick it occasionally. For example, using the <center> tags to center text is not supported. However, they missed blocking the <div> command, so:

<div align="center">Some centered text</div>


Some centered text

Editado: Dez 16, 2008, 12:45 pm

I woul like to add one thing, for a link within LibraryThing (like an image, a book, a profile), you can replace the "http :// www. librarything. com" or "http :// www. librarything. nl" by ".." (two dots), that way you stay on the site in your language.

<a href="">Profile FAMeulstee</a> on LibraryThing in Dutch.

<a href="../profile/FAMeulstee">Profile FAMeulstee</a> is usable in all languages

Editado: Dez 16, 2008, 12:53 pm

Thanks for the tips

Dez 16, 2008, 5:42 pm

Me also too!

Dez 22, 2008, 6:27 am

And here I thought "Basic HTML" was someone's very original sig.

Dez 29, 2008, 7:17 pm

Thanks to all!

Jan 4, 2009, 8:59 pm

Thank you so so much.

Jan 10, 2009, 12:22 pm

Thx guys :)

Jan 10, 2009, 12:27 pm

How about smilies? Can I use smilies?

Jan 13, 2009, 10:56 am

Susan interrupted my bagel with scallion cream cheese to copy this here so she could find it later. The subject is linking to one of your own reviews.

1) Go to your home page.
2) Click on Reviews
3) Find the review you want and click on the little chain link symbol below it.
4) Copy what's in your address bar to the clipboard.
5) Now come back here and type:

<a href="PASTE CLIPBOARD HERE">Interview</a>

Jan 13, 2009, 11:07 am

You're the best!! thx a mil!

Jan 13, 2009, 11:09 am

Uh, sorry if I sound totally dumb, but by "clipboard" do you mean just 'copy,' or ...? Is this an LT thing or a PC thing?

Jan 13, 2009, 11:20 am

>12 bonniebooks:: just Copy and Paste.

Jan 26, 2009, 8:31 am

Just used this again today Tad. Thx so much! But I had trouble finding it so I'm starring it :)

Jan 29, 2009, 11:49 am

Hey Tad, Can you help with this question? Originally, when I came into the group, the latest messages were first, followed by others in date/time order--actually whatever is the default format. Somehow I managed to hit some key combo that the messages scrambled up. Do you know how I can restore the default set-up? Many thanks!

Jan 29, 2009, 12:10 pm

I'm not Tad, but I might be able to help. From the 'Talk' tab, click "Last Message" at the top of the right column. This will order the messages from with the thread with most recent message first. I use "unread" which lists them in quantity of unread (except for those x'd threads) followed by threads where all messages are read in date order, most recent first.

Jan 29, 2009, 12:27 pm

Sort by Last Message has not been working for me for about a week.... So, I'm living in the read/unread world for now.

Jan 29, 2009, 12:33 pm

>15 Prop2gether: & 17 so it could be an LT issue rather than anything Prop did.

Jan 29, 2009, 1:20 pm

I haven't been able to get them to sort by Last Message either for the past week or so. I figured it was an LT issue because I tried different computers and browsers and it still wouldn't work. Oh well.

Jan 29, 2009, 2:05 pm

Sort by Last Message has not been working for me for a long time

Jan 29, 2009, 2:11 pm

I checked and Last Message works just fine for me. What a drag it's not like that for you guys.

Jan 29, 2009, 3:01 pm

I think they fixed it because now it works for me.

Jan 29, 2009, 3:14 pm

I must be the odd one out. It still doesn't work for me. It could be the browser. I'm used to the sort by unread messages now.

Jan 29, 2009, 4:08 pm

You and me both, blondierocket. I even rebooted just to see, but I still can't sort on last message read... oh well!

Jan 29, 2009, 4:11 pm

I am not having the dilemma of the Last Message, but last night while I was on LT all of the headings on the right hand side of my screen suddenly turned a sickeningly bright shade of red and then when they turned back to their normal color, were shrunk to about half of their normal size, which is how they remain today.

Perhaps Tim's son Liam has gotten in to play on Daddy's computer? lol

Jan 29, 2009, 7:24 pm

It's really nice to have company in this! I still can't get the messages to order properly but I sure appreciate knowing I'm not the only one!

Fev 2, 2009, 11:09 am

This is great!

Fev 3, 2009, 5:56 pm

Got an answer from Abby! It seems my LT cookies were out of order and I had to delete them which leads to a logout and reset! Yea!!!!

Fev 3, 2009, 7:19 pm

Prop2gether, sorry for my ignorance - but how exactly do you do that?

Fev 4, 2009, 11:30 am

Straight from Abby's email.....

Ok, let's try clearing your cookies.
Go here:

Then click "delete all cookies" at the bottom. That'll log you out of LibraryThing, so then log in again and see if you can fix the sorting...

Editado: Mar 6, 2009, 6:25 am

A hint about pictures.

Have you noticed how, on some threads, you click on "2 unread" in the forum list to go to the first unread message, it jumps into view, then immediately scrolls away off the bottom of your screen?

The problem is the browser doesn't know how much room to leave for the images. When they come in bigger than its guess, it has to move things around...hence, pushing the text you wanted to see down out of view.

You can tell the browser how much room to reserve for an image by specifying the "height" attribute. If you're editing your own images, you can get the height from the editing software. If you're just using an image you found elsewhere on the Web, you can right-click on that image and select Properties. Down under "Dimensions" it will say something like "92 x 16 pixels". That second number is the height.

As an example, for this picture:

I'd type:

<img height="16" src="">

ETA: Width is less of a problem on this kind of page, but you can specify it the exact same way.

Mar 6, 2009, 8:26 am

>31 TadAD: Thanks -- I've had the problem, but not on my thread.

Jan 11, 2010, 3:15 am

Hi Anita!

Couldn't find you on the 2010 thread yet, see you are a veteran in this business. This is my first. Very curious how it will work.