Friday, December 29, 2006

Publishing a post in the Edit HTML mode

After you have created a blog or blogs, you can start publishing posts. You can either prepare your post using the Edit HTML mode, or the COMPOSE (WYSIWYG) mode. Edit HTML mode is my preferred mode of publishing posts because I have better control over the appearance of the post and the post is easier to edit. It is also the default mode and will be the mode that you will be preparing your post if you don't do anything.

To publish a post, you first sign into your Blogger account after which you will be presented with the Dashboard (see screenshot below. Click to enlarge):
new Blogger Dashboard
You will see a list of blogs divided into sections. Of course, if you have only one blog, you will only see one section in the list.

To start a new post, you click the NEW POST link (the one with a green + sign in front of it, in the bottom left corner of the blog section). A post editor window will appear as shown in the screenshot below:
new Blogger post editor window
If you are just starting a post, the title field and the post editor window will be empty. You type in the title into the title field (otherwise, the title will be the first few words of your post) and start typing in your post in the post editor window.

If you already have published a post and want to edit it, or you have saved a half finished post, you click on the manage "Posts" and a list of posts that you have published or saved as draft will appear.
new Blogger list of posts
In the section of the post you want to edit, you click the EDIT link (circled in red) and the post editor window you see in the first screenshot above will appear and you can start editiong it.

Using the post editor toolbar

At the top of the post editor window will be a toolbar consisting of various tool icons that will enable you to do various things without the knowledge of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language).
new Blogger post editor toolbar in Edit HTML mode

For example, if you want this word bold to be in bold, all you have to do is to highlight it highlighted word and then click the "bold" tool icon Blogger icon for bold and the word will be in bold. You can do the same thing for phrases. What the tool icon do is to surround the word "bold" with a pair of HTML tags: <span style="font-weight:bold;">bold</span> and the surrounded word will be displayed in bold on the Web. You will not see the HTML tags.

You can also use the italic tool icon to make any word or phrases italic by highlighting it. For example, the above phrase"phrases italic" was highlighted highlight phrase for conversion to italic and then the italic tool icon new Blogger italic tool icon was clicked, and you can see the result above. What the italic tool icon did was just to surround the phrases italic by a pair of HTML tag (<span style="font-style:italic;">phrases italic</span>).

(to be continued)

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