How to bold, italicise & underline some of the text in your LDV comments

A reader has asked about this.

If you want to add some special features to your comments on this site, you can use HTML coding.

Don’t be frightened.

In a simple example, if you want to do a bit of bolding and a bit italicising, you simply type as in the following example:

Writing normally
<strong>Then bolding a bit.</strong>
<em>Then italicising a bit.</em>

This will then come out on the site as this:

Writing normally.
Then bolding a bit.
Then italicising a bit.

So, basically the HTML code involved is not complex. Basically you use the < and > signs with a / thrown in at the end.

So, every time you want to start some text in a special way, you put the relevant command within < > signs and then when you want the special treatment to stop you put the same command within </ > signs.
So if you want to bold text, you go <strong>your text</strong>
If you want to italicise text, you go <em>your text</em>
If you want to underline the text, you go <u>your text</u>

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Mick Taylor 3rd Aug '19 - 4:33pm

    Great. So how do you add pictures?

  • Peter Martin 3rd Aug '19 - 4:38pm

    I think you can also use ‘b’ instead of ‘strong’. I’ll test that here:


    and ‘i’ instead of ’em’


    And you can do all three if you want


  • Peter Martin 3rd Aug '19 - 4:47pm

    Maybe not all three!

    I think this might work for a pic

  • Lloyd Harris 3rd Aug '19 - 5:00pm

    so exciting

  • Thanks Paul. Always wondered how to do this.
    @Peter Martin – what do you mean “This might work for a pic”?

  • Thanks for this Paul.

  • Exciting,, thanks.

    Although the lack of preview facility makes me a bit nervous of using much in the way of code because it’s very easy to miss a bit if you aren’t careful.

  • Peter Watson 4th Aug '19 - 1:23pm

    A favourite of mine is the blockquote

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