FAQ: Using the Typographical enhancements


Unless you use the Firefox browser (see separate FAQ), applying the typographic enhancements is fast and easy.

Simply click on the command box in the tool bar above your window. An opening command such as “[“b”]” (absent the quotation marks), corresponding to the B command will appear and everything typed after that will be in Bold format until the command is clicked again. Note that EACH open command MUST be balanced by a companion close command at the point you wish the enhancement to cease - a point emphasized again below.

Multiple commands may be nested to produce results such as THIS - note, however, that closing the first one chosen closes all, so a result such as this one, you must select bold first, underline second, close underline and then close bold.

These are type sizes available:
TINY (8 point)
SMALL (9 point)
NORMAL (10 point - the default)
LARGE (12 point)
HUGE (14 point)

The font size is NOT limited to these choices - it is entirely possible to create text in MUCH SMALLER or much larger fonts, but these must all be done manually; seven point is the smallest one can use and still have the text legible, however. The preceding example employs 7 point and 24 point typefaces.

IMPORTANT Note: with both the font size and the color changes, selecting a color other than the default black or size other than the default “Normal” puts both the bracketed opening and closing codes commands in the message field. To use these commands in the auto-generated mode, after making your selection, you will have to position your cursor immediately between the “]” bracket of the opening command and the “[” bracket of the ending command and type the material you wish to be displayed with these characteristics. If you wish to use either with other characteristics such bold or to combine a color and size, this must be done manually.

To do that, you can either cut & paste commands generated using the tool bar or type the commands in from scratch. Note that all commands must be balanced, with the opening command offset by the same command preceded by a “/” (minus the quotation marks) to end the appearance presented. There are two exceptions - shown here without brackets - color: color=whatever and /color; size=number and /size . . . e.g., color=green or size=14.

In sum, the commands each must be enclosed in a set of brackets and must be used in pairs. Neither your system or the web site will melt down if you fail to do this, but the display will NOT[/b] be correct (this error being intentional).

Being able to enter the commands manually is not necessary, but knowing how to do it enables one to be much more flexible.