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Basic HTML Formatting Guide

Sat Oct 5, 2013, 8:39 AM


HTML is a markup language used to create web pages. It primarily consists of content placed between named tags that define the layout or style of that content.

Is it just me or does trying to explain HTML and what it does always seem to make it sound more complicated than it actually is? Very simply, HTML is the building blocks of the web. With it you can create a web page right from the foundations of the layout to the finishing touches of style. Don't get me wrong, it is a fairly involved topic but it really is quite simple to pick up the basics.

What I'll be helping you with here is the formatting aspect of HTML. These are the things that add colour to your page and make your font fancy.

Below you will find a number of examples of HTML formatting that you can use to style your own web pages, dA profiles and journals. All you need to do is copy/paste the code and replace the sample text with your own content. Along with the quick reference I've also written a brief glossary of terms and provided a list of useful links in case you wish to do some further reading.

As always, if you have any questions or problems just let me know.

Text Formatting

Bold text
<b> sample text </b>

<strong> sample text </strong>

<em> sample text </em>

<i> sample text </i>

<small> sample text </small>

<sup> sample text </sup>

<sub> sample text </sub>

<strike> sample text </strike>

<s> sample text </s>

Deleted text
<del> sample text </del>

Inserted text
<ins> sample text </ins>

<u> sample text </u>

<code> sample text </code>

| Blockquote
<blockquote> sample text </blockquote>

<h3> sample text </h3>
You can define h3 - h6

Font Formatting

Replace the green text in the examples below with your own values.

<font face="verdana"> sample text </font>

<font size="3"> sample text </font>
You can define sizes from 1-7

<font color="#888888"> sample text </font>
<font color="white"> sample text </font>
<font color="rgb(255,255,255)"> sample text </font>
You can define colour using the colour name, hex code or rgb number. Please note that the font color attribute does not work on deviantART profiles.

Paragraphs & Breaks

<p> sample text </p>
Adds a margin around a block of text

sample text <br> sample text
Moves following text to the line underneath. It has no end tag.

Horizontal rule
sample text <hr> sample text
Creates a line to separate sections of content

Layout & Alignment

<div> sample text </div>
Creates a block within which to display content. Used for creating different sections on a web page.

<span> sample text </span>
Defines an area of text that can be styled in-line. It doesn't do anything by itself but allows the use of attributes to style a certain section of text.

<div align="center">sample text</div>
Aligns content.


<img src="">
Used to display images. Replace the green text with your image URL


Text link
<a href=""> sample text </a>
Creates a clickable text link. Replace the green text with your page URL.

Image link
<a href=""><img src=""></a>
Creates a clickable image link. Replace the green text with your page URL. Replace the blue text with your image URL.


HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a markup language used to create web pages.

Tags are used to define layout and styles. Tag names are enclosed in angle brackets and usually come in pairs consisting of an opening tag and closing tag. The closing tag includes a forward slash before the tag name.
<tag> </tag>

Element refers to the entire content of a pair of tags, including the text between.
<tag> content </tag>

Attributes can be added to an element to further define them. They come in name/value pairs in the form name="value"
<tag color="red"> sample text </tag>

URL (uniform resource locator) refers to the specific location of an item on the internet. It is also refered to as a web address and is used to identify and link to specific pages and content.

Hex codes are a string of six digits and letters preceeded by a hash tag used to define a certain colour.

RGB numbers use a combination of red, green and blue numerical values to define a colour.

Helpful Links

deviantART Customisation FAQ
A list of the most frequently asked questions regarding customising your deviantART account. Answers include information and instructions.

Basic CSS style Guide
A quick guide to styling HTML content with CSS.

A comprehensive information resource covering all aspects of HTML.

Hex and RGB values
Get hex and rgb numbers for any colour

Google Fonts
A collection of Open Source fonts you can use on your pages for free.

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RinFoxie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
do you know how to display video ?
xxtiffiee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a question: I want to center text in my deviantID box. However, while it does "center" the text, it's not centered in the middle of the box. The code is written correctly and I just can't figure out what the problem is :O
Keenami Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, this is super helpful, so thank you very much!
Secondly, I have a question.
Do you know how to make a text box go to one side of a custom box? The align code doesn't seem to work for that, so I was just wondering.
4L3KS Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014
do you know how to remove the unnecessary < /span> s that show up in my formatting in the artist's comments? they don't show up when editing, so i can't delete them that way.
Tish-Marie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Color code doesn't seem to work, I've tried it in my custom box and it's just black.
PeepKun Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They said that the color code(s) won't work in dA profiles

"...Please note that the font color attribute does not work on deviantART profiles."
Tish-Marie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Ah I though dA profiles meant deviant ID box, but That's odd, how does gasara have it working on her front page?? Oh well I found another solution so it's all good, thanks though. :)
PeepKun Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think maybe those are like journal skins and like special widget thingies, but you're welcome anyways >.<
CindyMad Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
ooh kewl
Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
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