A LG sandbox: Experiment with HTML formatting in comments

sandbox Interested in using more formatting in your comments?

Here’s a blog post where you can practice attaching comments and not have to worry about disrupting the conversation.

I think the three handiest uses of HTML formatting in comments are:

If you use FireFox for your web browser (and you should), there’s a very handy add-on that does all of the above and more called Xinha, a “portable WYSIWYG editor.”

Feel free to ask questions here, too.


  1. Rob Hardy said:

    Okay, Griff.  I’m using the space you’ve kindly provided to test Xinha Here!

    Is this a bullet point?
    Is this a second bullet point?


    April 21, 2008
  2. Rob Hardy said:

    Nope, the bullet points didn’t work. I wonder how come? The link feature worked, though. At least that’s easier than always writing out <a href=”…., etc.

    April 21, 2008
  3. Patrick Enders said:


    I have twice tried to post a comment with HTML links in it (first in the Housing thread, and then here). In both cases, it has not appeared. However, attempts to repost have resulted in a “you already said that!” message.

    April 22, 2008
  4. Patrick Enders said:

    … And it has again failed to appear. I’ll email you the post (which is, again, for the “Good Investments for Successful Housing,” aka “The New Slums,” thread.

    April 22, 2008
  5. Patrick Enders said:

    Or rather, I won’t. Lost my “copy.”

    April 22, 2008
  6. Felicity Enders said:

    Could there perhaps be a setting issue? I’ve also encountered the problems Rob and Patrick stated above.

    April 22, 2008
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    After you compose your comment in Xinga and click OK, the HTML code should appear in the comment text box, and from there, you click the Say It button to attach the comment.

    You’re saying the HTML is discarded and only plain text gets posted?

    April 22, 2008
  8. Patrick Enders said:

    No, my problem was more fundamental. If there was an unembedded HTML address in my post, the entire post would not appear.

    We’ll see if it’s better in my next post…

    April 22, 2008
  9. Patrick Enders said:

    Well, it worked that time, but it didn’t earlier. Either in this thread, or in the Housing thread.

    April 22, 2008
  10. Patrick Enders said:

    …but it still won’t let me post the Strib address I wanted to post earlier. I’ll try again.

    April 22, 2008
  11. Patrick Enders said:

    …maybe if I break up the address, it’ll let me post it in pieces?


    April 22, 2008
  12. Patrick Enders said:

    Oh look, that worked!

    April 22, 2008
  13. Patrick Enders said:

    …but I can’t post any comment which includes that HTML address in its uninterrupted entirety.

    Griff, your sandbox is odd.

    April 22, 2008
  14. Rob Hardy said:

    Griff (#7): That’s exactly what I did, but:

    the bullet points didn’t work; on the other hand

    the link did work. Therefore,
    it’s not my fault.

    We’ll see what happens this time. 


    April 22, 2008
  15. Rob Hardy said:

    Once again, link but no bullet points.

    April 22, 2008
  16. Felicity Enders said:

    Griff (#7)- 

     Here are my steps for this message:

    Writing this in Xinha
    Clicking ok, and then seeing the html-coded version in the LGN textbox
    Copying and pasting into an email, which I’ll send you so you can compare.

    It’s odd, because this used to work quite easily (around about Dec/January, if I remember correctly)

    Any thoughts?


    April 24, 2008
  17. Griff Wigley said:

    Yeah, something’s FUBAR here.

    I’ll see if Sean has a clue.

    April 24, 2008
  18. Griff Wigley said:

    Sean, I’m wondering if certain HTML is allowed by those with WP admin privs like you and me but not by commenters.

    April 24, 2008
  19. Griff, I made both those comments when I was not signed into WordPress. The change has happened on the server.

    So everyone, all new lists should work, though the change is not retroactive.

    April 24, 2008
  20. Felicity Enders said:

    I’ve just lost two messages into the ether:

    • one included an embedded url
    • the other included just an http reference without the embed

    Both disappeared.  Sad.  BUT do these bullets work? 

    April 24, 2008
  21. Felicity Enders said:

    YES – hooray for bullets!!!

    April 24, 2008

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