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The 'How to' to "Writing it like this" and "Writing it like that"

I am aware of the fact that a discussion on this topic (I guess the title startled you a bit?) had been started once. But I lost track of it. Edit: rumnraisin linked it. Here it is: Formatting Codes

So I'm here to record how to write stuff in italics, bold, italics+bold, extra-large, highlighted, make separate points, get horizontal lines, etc on here. So any information on any of these will be highly appreciated. Once I get all of it, I'll make sure I'll add it over here.

<h1>Italics</h1>

Add an asterisk (*) on either side of the portion of the text you want italised. Eg., *Italics*

<h1>Bold</h1>

Add two asterisk marks (*) on either side of the portion of text you want to see in bold. Eg., **Bold**

<h1>Italics + Bold</h1>

Add three asterisk marks (*) on either side of the text. Eg., ***Bold Italics***

<h1>Extra-large</h1>

Add a "hash-tag" before your writing. This is what I'm doing for the sub-headings here. Eg.,
#Extra-large writing
There are five different sizes for you. Adding a single # will give you the largest text while adding five will give you the smallest. Adding a sixth.....

creepy grey writing in full block. :P
<h1>Make separate points</h1>

Add one asterisk (*) before the specific point when you begin in a new line. The asterisk will appear as what I usually call a "bullet". Eg.,
*Point one
*Point two

<h1>Get a horizontal line.</h1>

With the help of aaditsingh8, HappyEvilSlosh and Pratyush., I found that you can get a horizontal line by putting three or more hyphens. [All three provided different values...] Like so: --- or ---- and so on. Eg., ----- becomes


<h1>Add a link</h1>

You can just copy and paste the URL.
Or if you want to add words, you write the text you want in square brackets [] and the URL right next to it in brackets (). Eg., [Text you want](URL) Eg., [TanytopiSal](https://www.duolingo.com/TanytopiSal) becomes TanytopiSal

<h1>Add a picture</h1>

[According to HappyEvilSlosh]
First put an exclamation mark. Then empty square brackets [] and put the image URL in the regular brackets (). Like so: ![](URL) For eg.,

Duo

<h1>Highlight something with that yellow colour</h1>

[According to @HappyEvilSlosh] To get text like this, we use backticks (`) on either side of the text.

<h1>Quote</h1>

Add a "greater than" sign (>) before you write the text. Like so: >This is a quote. Eg., It becomes this:

This is a quote.

<h1>Thanks</h1>
April 7, 2015

106 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

I finally know how to put a picture on!!! This picture makes me smile! :)

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Here4SchoolOnly

PANDAS!!!!!! PANDA BABIES!!!!!

October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

Yep!! :D

November 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HunterKnight109
i will kidnap them
March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

Tell me how it works out for you having 10 pandas. xD

March 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FRENCHCHEF9

How do you find the URL for the pictures?

April 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

Italics is *italics*
bold is **bold**
italics and bold is ***italics and bold***

<h1>heading 1</h1>

is # heading 1 on its own line

  • this
  • list

is
* this
* list


is ----- on its own line

a link is [text you want](url)
a picture is ![](url)

Duolingo implements a subset of a language called MarkDown that you can google or wikipedia for more markup options.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

I want to know how to get that yellowish colour.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

Using backticks (`), it should just be a fixed-width font but for some reason Duolingo's designers decided to highlight it as well.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pratyush.

backticks are on left of '1', below Esc key

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Wait... So yellow is (yellow) ^-^

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

No... ^-^

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FRENCHCHEF9

YELLOW HIGHLIGHT

April 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

So like, weird duo thing ^-^

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Didn't work... ^-^

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

I fixed it! ^-^

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

It looks like you have a space between ] and (

weird duo thing

Works fine for me.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Okay, I'm gonna try the URL thing. Funny

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Woah, yay! ^-^

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DetErMinNavn

Also, you can do the following

<h1>X-Large</h1>

Large

Medium

Small

X-Small
XX-Small
June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Ok, so, first the picture:

April 20, 2015

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Yay!

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Italics

April 20, 2015

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>Quote PPL

April 20, 2015

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Uhh...

April 20, 2015

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(>)Quote

April 20, 2015

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>m<

April 20, 2015

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Quote

Yay!

April 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

How about you add a space before you write the text?

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

> Quote

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Nope... ^-^

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

Quote

April 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

Okay, look, click on "edit" on this comment. In place of ">", you should find "gt;". That is probably how HTML reads it. Clear out the "gt;" and replace it with ">". See if it doesn't work and then tell me, okay? :)

Quote PPL

What's PPL, by the way? It reminds me of "Pix Premier League" which is basically a marathon of awesome movies on the TV channel Pix...

April 25, 2015

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PPL, is people.

I'm gonna quote all you PPL. ^-^

May 4, 2015

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Grumpy Cat Is So Happy! (Not)

April 20, 2015

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Bold

April 20, 2015

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<h1>ExtraLarge</h1>
April 20, 2015

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Ooh...!

^-^

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Where is my line...?


^-^

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Hi

April 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/truelefty

Finally!! Great compilation

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

^_^

June 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

This is really helpful!

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

I still don't understand how to put pictures on.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

Still not?

October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

Wait, yes I just did it. Thank you.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson
I think I'm doing this right
October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaughterofThor
<h1>Cool</h1>
October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

Hey, girl. You could've tried all that out in one single comment. You didn't need seven. It kinda clutters up, you see.

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaughterofThor
<h1>Yay! It worked! Thank You!</h1>
October 13, 2015

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okay
October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaughterofThor

huh*

October 13, 2015

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alright

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaughterofThor

what

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaughterofThor

sorry, just testing this out

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tamuna10

testing out

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tamuna10

Wow, it worked! :D Cool!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abitto03

This is awesome! Thanks for share this!

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

Testing this out

October 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson
Well, I think this works...
October 14, 2015

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Creepy Gray Writing
October 19, 2015

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October 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

Point one Point two

October 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

November 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissThorson

Just practicing

Click here

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

I think you can do italics with command+I , and bold command+B. ^-^

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

NVM...

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

I don't get it. Command?

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

Do you have a windows computer?

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

Yes, of course.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

I have an apple laptop, so there is a command key.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dobie42

So like

YouTube

Ahh! I always wondered how to do that! Thanks!

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

Most welcome. Any information on the rest would be highly appreciated. :) YouTube YAY! :D

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dobie42

I actually watched more than a few of those thanks to your link, despite having no knowledge of french whatsoever...Interesting!

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaditsingh8

I guess that horizontal line is obtained by putting exactly 7 (correct me if I am wrong) -'s (-------)

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pratyush.

It's 4 hyphens (----)

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaditsingh8

And somewhere I saw five XD Haha. I don't know! :P

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs

It's just any number more than two, really.

April 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaditsingh8

I don't know really. I remember it was a specific number.

April 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

These are all HTML

A tutorial for horizontal lines can be found here

Edit: Having read HappyEvilslosh's comment, I stand corrected. These commands are "MarkDown" which appears to have some overlap with HTML. In that case, one might still have to use commands like the ones I mention below on sites other than Duolingo (which don't necessarily support all of these commands as is). HTML, on the other hand, is read directly by the browser and does not require support from the host site.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

To my surprise, the brackets and parenthesis work perfectly. Before, I had been using the <href>...etc tag, which is a much more complicated command to type.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

As for pictures, the command is <img src="URL of picture">. With sites which facilitate image linking, you should be able to find the proper address by clicking on the picture in situ.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

Keeping in mind that hotlinking to a picture on a third party site that doesn't explicitly give you permission to do so (like imgur) is bad netiquette.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

I had considered mentioning this and am glad that you did for me. The reason for this is that loads it the file from the website's server each time, which eats into [NOT FREE!] bandwidth charges. When abused (intentionally or not) this is called "bandwidth banditry" and can actually cause "small" sites with low bandwidth plans to to go offline for the remainder of the billing period. So, definitely use this tag (and other remote linking operations) only with foresight and caution. One solution I have heard is hosting all images you want to link (again, with proper permission) on your own server.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

I had considered mentioning this and am glad that you did for me.

I'm pleased that's the case. I umm-ed and uhh-ed a bit before posting because I have work that needs doing and posting about things that in general shouldn't be done can be quite the can-of-worms opener. :P

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyEvilSlosh

These commands are "MarkDown" which appears to have some overlap with HTML.

The overlap is that one day someone, John Gruber, decided that for writing things like forum posts HTML was a pain. So they created MarkDown as a language for which the source code is both easily readable by a human and describes formatting achievable by HTML. I actually like it so much that I use it in in e-mails (people who send HTML e-mails should be ashamed of themselves, *cough*Duolingo*cough*).

HTML, on the other hand, is read directly by the browser and does not require support from the host site.

Try it. You'll find on Duolingo at least, and I bet many other websites, a lot of HTML will be stripped out of what you want to post.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ComradeFrancis

Yes, HTML (as well as javascript etc.) provides ample opportunity to wreak havoc on a site; so, many sites will automatically disable many commands. I had been wondering why HTML sometimes doesn't work on Duolingo. Now that I have been introduced to MarkDown I am going to start experimenting with other sites to see where it works.

April 7, 2015

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<h1>Anything else will be highly appreciated.</h1>
April 8, 2015

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<h1>big text</h1>

testing

April 18, 2015

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hey

April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs
<h1>Hey</h1>
April 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

I really like all this stuff, thanks for showing us!

April 20, 2015

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<h1>You are awesome!!!!</h1>
May 4, 2015

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#AWESOME
May 4, 2015

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#WOAH
May 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/katlover13

WOAH!!!!! CLICK ON IT

May 4, 2015

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<h1>Thank you for the help!</h1>
October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feeniqs
You're most welcome!
October 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Double100

:)))) you're very kind. :))))

October 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SH1ELDs

You could also use "! [Duo] (image_url)" to post pictures, just without the spaces. Duo

December 1, 2015
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