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Over the last couple of days we’ve had some questions about how to do things like quotes and smilies in comments. Included below are instructions on both topics. For those of you who want to do some experimenting – feel fee to try things out in the comments below.

Including quotes in your comments

The following is a quote from Mark Twain (1835 – 1910):

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

To replicate the same thing in your comments, you need to add a <blockquote> instruction before the quote and a </blockquote> terminator at the end of the quote. For example:

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Links and URLs

WordPress will automatically convert a url to a link providing it starts with a recognized protocol (such as http) and ends with either a space or end of line character. If you want to do a full embedded link you need to do the following:

<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/">The Sydney Morning Herald</a>

The above link will appear as The Sydney Morning Herald.


Smilies are those cute little faces you sometimes see in comments expressing things like a smile, a frown, laughter, etc. The technology we use to run this blog recognizes a bunch of simile codes. The following list shows the smile and the corresponding text code to use in a comment or a post.

:) :) or :-)

:D :D

:wink: :wink:

:cool: :cool:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

:neutral: :neutral:

:twisted: :twisted:

:arrow: :arrow:

:shock: :shock:

:smile: :smile:

:???: :???:

:evil: :evil:

:grin: :grin:

:idea: :idea:

:oops: :oops:

:razz: :razz:

:roll: :roll:

:wink: :wink:

:cry: :cry:

:eek: :eek:

:lol: :lol:

:mad: :mad:

:sad: :sad:

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71 Responses to “Playground”

  1. 1
    megan says:

    Thanks,Cat….all tres confusing!

  2. 2
    Chris B says:

    Hey I’m back.

  3. 3
    Chris B says:

    Having a bit of trouble, I’ll try and sort it out.

  4. 4
    megan says:

    Am going out now,Chris,but if you need further testing ,just leave a note and I’ll check in when I get home.

  5. 5
    roxanna says:

    Thank you!

  6. 6
    roxanna says:


    Just seeing.

  7. 7
    gaffhook says:


    Over the last couple of days we’ve had some questions about how to do things like quotes and smilies in comments. Included below are instructions on both topics. For those of you who want to do some experimenting – feel fee to try things out in the comments below.

  8. 8
    KatieLou says:

    So how do you insert a url?

    Just testing……


  9. 9
    Catrina says:

    KatieLou at 8

    WordPress will automatically convert a url to a link providing it starts with a recognized protocol (such as http) and ends with either a space or end of line character (which is what has happened in the above example. If you want to do a full embedded reference you need to do the following:

    <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/">The Sydney Morning Herald</a>

    The above link will appear as The Sydney Morning Herald.

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    Gaffhook says:


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    Gaffhook says:


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    Gaffhook says:


  13. 13
    Gaffhook says:

    Why does that happen

    when i type bracket one four eight then close with the end bracket it becomes a smiley.

  14. 14
    Gaffhook says:

    Test run

    With this

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    Catrina says:

    Gaffhook at 13

    The problem is that WordPress (in its default configuration) recognizes the character combination 8) as a smiley from someone wearing sunglasses. If you want to be really clever you can work around this by entering the character sequence &#41; which will generate the ) character – for example I can write a number like 18 in brackets (18) and I’ve solved the problem because what I actually typed was (18&#41; (but I’m guessing that you didn’t want to know that).

    For more info about the intriguing possibilities that HTML Character Codes open up to you – take a look at the following page.



  16. 16
    Gaffhook says:

    Thankyou very much for your helpful hints and advice Ms Catrina ♥

  17. 17
    Catrina says:


    and a &#9829; to you too!


  18. 18
    Gaffhook says:

    Can you add these to the list as the arsecons!

    We all know those cute little computer symbols called ‘emoticons,’ where:
    :) means a smile and
    :( is a frown.
    Sometimes these are represented by
    Well, how about some ‘ARSE-ICONS?’
    Here goes:
    (_!_) a regular arse

    (__!__) a fat arse

    (!) a tight arse

    (_*_) a sore arse

    {_!_} a swishy arse

    (_o_) an arse that’s been around

    (_x_) kiss my arse

    (_X_) leave my arse alone
    (_zzz_) a tired arse

    (_E=mc2_) a smart arse

    (_$_) Money coming out of his arse
    (_?_) Dumb arse

    You have just been e-mooned!

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    Enemy Combatant says:

    Emoticon check……………..


  21. 21
    Catrina says:

    EC – you need to include a space before and after the respective ‘:’ characters (or a beginning of line or end of line)

  22. 22
    Joe User says:

    I’m told that name and mail fields aren’t remembered properly by this blog. Testing.

  23. 23
    Catrina says:

    Joe User at 22

    Problem has been solved. The issue was with the comment pagination plugin. Version 2.7 and 2.8 have a bug related to session state but version 2.6 seems to be standing up ok.

  24. 24
    Gaffhook says:

    I will just put this in safe keeping so that we may play with it later.

    Adam in Canberra
    Posted Monday, October 13, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
    Dario, yes of course, and that’s why Obama is ahead. But he should be much further ahead given the objective situation. The reason he isn’t is that there is still widespread unease about him. My prediction is that Obama will win, but not by much.

  25. 25
    Catrina says:

    Gaffhook at 24

    Works for me.


  26. 26
    Gaffhook says:

    I have loaded it on my machine.
    Will try it later.

  27. 27
    Chris B says:

    It looks very simple and it is very easy to use. Make sure you have a lot of free space on the drive where you store it. The default is the drive windows is on.

  28. 28
    Chris B says:

    I ran out of space on my drive. Have changed where it is to be stored. Plenty of space on that drive. It is VERY user friendly I like it a lot already. Just have to wait till it runs again. I will be using it from know on. Unless the quality is crap.

  29. 29
    Chris B says:


    It completed the conversion OK. But I can’t get my real player going. I’ll try again tomorrow.

  30. 30
    paddy says:

    Chris B and Gaffy.
    Just tried it on my machine using an encrypted commercial dvd that refused to copy using Nero.
    Original DVD size including extras. 5.61Gb.
    Ripped AVI size including extras. 602Mb.
    The default location for the store on this windows XP box was a newly created folder called my DVD backups in the my documents directory.
    The original DVD had 7 tracks, of which the first one was encrypted.
    This one would not copy, but by moving on to the second and following tracks it copied and compressed the lot OK.
    Not exactly fast, but the quality was fine.
    One minor annoyance. After it finished copying each track, it required manual intervention to start the next one. It also defaulted to calling each track the same name. Requiring manual renaming or moving the copied track to a new directory.
    Verdict. 7/10 and I’ll use it with thanks. :)

  31. 31
    Chris B says:

    Thanks Paddy.
    Catrina, what am I doing wrong with my links? I can’t figure it out.

  32. 32
    Chris B says:

    Paddy & Gaffy. I just tried to run it. The colour was pretty crappy. But I may have a higher resolution monitor than yours. My score 2/10.

  33. 33
    Chris B says:

    What that means is, if you copy all your DVD’s, then eventually up grade your monitor, they will look pretty crappy.

  34. 34
    Chris B says:

    Catrina I have found the problem. I have been using the example provided above, The Sydney Morning Herald Changing the ” ” made it work. I’m not sure why the quotation marks are different.

  35. 35
    paddy says:

    Well there’s clearly going to be a drop off in quality when you go from 5Gb to 602 Mb.
    But the difference in picture quality on my (beautiful) fujitsu 19″ LCD monitor is barely noticeable. :)
    Mind you, I’m sure those “spendthrift types” with their flashy plasma widesceen TVs would no doubt complain. :evil:
    What media viewer were you using to view the file through?

    I use either VLC or media player classic here.

    It’s probably just that awful Vista OS you’re using. :lol:
    Here’s a great clip on how the Internet developed.
    Via Crikey today.

  36. 36
    Gaffhook says:

    Won’t be long guys i am still learning how to put the DVD in the slot.

  37. 37
    paddy says:

    For Gawd’s sake Gaffy, don’t break the cup holder!!
    They’re a bugger to replace. :)

  38. 38
    Catrina says:

    Chris B at 34

    With the painful introduction of a couple of special character codes into the example (which make the raw HTML expression practically unreadable) the visual rendering and copy-paste now works as expected.


  39. 39
    Chris B says:

    Thanks Catrina.

    35 paddy My screen isn’t as good as yours, but the drop in Colour was noticeable. I’ll have to have another go.

  40. 40
    paddy says:

    A new discovery (for me at least) re. file converters.
    This one rocks!!
    Freeware, no nasties buried inside it and it does everything I’ve asked of it.
    Converts any media file you care to throw at it, into one you can use in different devices.
    I’m currently burning wav files from MP3’s for the CD player in my car.
    It also happily turns FLV (utube) files into video compatible files.

  41. 41
    Jen says:

    WTF are you all talking about !??

  42. 42
    Chris B says:

    40 Paddy. Use the German site to download, as the US and Chinese site show yellow on Mcaffee. Which means they have a small percentage of problems. The German site shows green.

  43. 43
    Chris B says:

    I’m not having any drop in quality in this one. Use the German site for safety. There is no problem with the program even though I downloaded it from the US site. EG viruses or Trojans.

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    Chris B says:

    I have mostly because it tends to put more than you want on your computer. But it now has a great new feature. You can download ANY I repeat, ANY video you watch. This means you can watch the inauguration over and over on your computer. When you are watching a video a message comes up when you put the arrow over the video. Download this video. No conversions needed. Instant access to the video.
    Just install it carefully, by selecting only what you need at the start.
    There is a free version.
    Real Player

    Caution. You may overload your downloads.

  46. 46
    asanque says:

    44 Chris

    Just in relation to the free anti-virus, I’m sure I’ve used it previously and whilst it was okay, it would annoying frequently keep asking me to upgrade to a paid version.

    I ended up going back to AVG.

    However, if I’m mistaken please let me know :)


  47. 47
    asanque says:

    Realplayer is looking pretty cool though.


  48. 48
    paddy says:

    Jen Says:
    WTF are you all talking about !??

    Haven’t a clue jen. :mrgreen:
    (I blame Chris myself. He started it!)
    I mean, I just had couple of glasses of that cheeky little shiraz….
    When I suddenly started talking in tongues…………..Geek tongues.

    Hopefully, it’s not a permanent condition and I’ll feel better in the morning. :)

  49. 49
    paddy says:

    Chris B Says:
    (I think it might be better expressed as “This tool has a very useful function.) :evil:
    Disclaimer: I still have an innate prejudice against realplayer that goes back years.
    When they first started data mining for profit and charged for their “free” apps via embedded spyware.
    They might well have changed their MO since then. But plowing through that piece of crap they call their privacy policy, just brought back lots of bad memories.
    [Plus, installing Realplayer is like trying to herd a mob of feral cats!]

    But the instant record feature is pretty sexy. :lol:
    On other matters “geekish”. If you’re ever looking for a piece of software for whatever reason.
    It’s always worth looking here.
    This is an excellent list that is maintained by a couple of trustworthy oldtime geeks from the gang at GRC.com
    Always worth a look and misbehaving software tends to get pulled off the list fairly quickly.

  50. 50
    Chris B says:

    Thought you may be interested in an email I received regarding my reading site.

    My name is Joaquin. I am a Spanish Teacher. I teach English and I think that my children will enjoy your videos a lot. I think that it’s a fantastic idea using music to teach (in my case) a foreign language. But I have a problem, and that’s why I am writting to you. The problem is that I don’t have internet in my school, and I have any idea of how to download your videos, so I write to you hoping that you could send me one or two of them. I love all of them and I hope that you understand me and send me any of them, please.

    If I can help you anyway, please contact me in this e-mail. And that’s all. I hope you answer me whenever you can.

    Recieve a big hug from Spain and thank you very much, muchísimas gracias.

    And a Happy New Year!

    My reply.

    Hi joaking, Thank you for the compliment.
    I eventually hope to have more on the
    site, till You Tube pull my site. Then
    I’ll put them on under another name.
    Here is a very easy way to download
    all movies. It’s real player. When you
    install it, Real Player asks you if you
    want to download every movie you
    watch. If you have a bit of trouble ask
    someone to help this is a very good
    program and will be very helpful for
    all teaching.

    Here is the link.

    Here is another very good site with
    better videos than You Tube

    All the best Chris

    This is my site.

  51. 51
    Chris B says:

    49 paddy I had the same problem. I think it was sorted out when the BBC site used it. I suspect people started kicking up a fuss about it. because other options started to appear.

  52. 52
    megan says:

    Checked the kidfunstuff and looks good- suspect a useful tool especially for kids with autism-spectrum condition/s.
    Will test on my lot later.

  53. 53
    Chris B says:

    52 Just caught that megan. Hadn’t been back for a while. Sounds interesting, keep me informed. I hope to get some volunteers soon. I have other things on the way as well.

  54. 54
    Chris B says:

    For those of you having trouble making this work, jut copy from the <a to the inclusive, then replace the URL or link between the ” ” and then type the description where The Sydney Morning Herald is.

    The Sydney Morning Herald

  55. 55
    megan says:



  56. 56

    Catrina, comments are currently closed in the new thread.

  57. 57
    Catrina says:

    GWV at 56:
    I was just trying to keep a lid on you guys.

  58. 58
    HarryH says:

    test :grin: test

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    This is a copy ‘n’ paste of Catrina’s example:

  63. 63
    Catrina says:

    GWV – what were you copying and pasting?

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    src=”http://www.osm.net/images/08/07/soup/soup-400×300.jpg” width=”500″

  65. 65

    Your ‘baner’ example. :roll:

  66. 66


    Nothing, the picture in that ‘img’ link doesn’t exist.

  67. 67
    Catrina says:

    OK – my mistake, the URL was wrong.
    Should have been the following:

    <img src="http://osm.net/images/banner.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

    Which creates …

  68. 68

    Catrina, a half-arsed guess, do non-admin users actually have the right to post images?

  69. 69
    Catrina says:

    GhostWhoVotes at 68
    Your half-arsed guess is on the money. Seems that anything less than a loged-in admin or editor do not preserve the img tag in comments. As such I’ve dropped the instruction from the post. Sorry about that! But just for reference – I could go digging into WordPress code but that is kind of a dead end proposition. We have just upgraded to 2.8.3 and today a new announcement is out about 2.8.4 with some super important security updates – which means that trying to fix this will be painful and probably less than practical from an operational perspective in the short term.

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    HarryH says:

    A VERY

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    gaffhook says:


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