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More CMS Tags

In addition to being able to control the spacing and size of text on the page through the formatting menu, there are number of square bracket tags that can be used to achieve other formatting effects:

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In full editing mode (which we'll cover later) it's possible to directly enter the html tags that control formatting. While all of these formatting options are available through the normal interface here is a list of the html tags that the system will accept when in raw html mode.


  • <p> and </p> start and end a paragraph.
  • <br> forces a single line break
  • <hr> makes a thin horizontal line: a horizontal 'rule'. Often overused on websites so show some discretion
  • <ul> marks the start of an unordered (bulleted) list, with </ul> marking the end. In turn each item in the list should be surrounded with a <li> and </li>
  • <ol> and </ol> work similarly creating an ordered list with the items automatically numbered. Again each item in the list must start with <li> and end with </li>. Multiple lists can be nested within each other and will automatically be appropriately indented. To get different numbering schemes for different levels of indentation you can use the variant <ol lower-alpha> which will give you lower case alphabetic labels. Other variants available are: upper-alpha, lower-roman abd upper-roman.
  • One can also create a definition list with series of terms and definitions. Surround the entire list with <dl> </dl> tags. Each term/definition pair should be surrounded by <dt> </dt> tags and each definition by <dd> </dd> tags.
  • The <h1> (and it's partner the </h1>) is the first in a series of tags which surround headings. <h1> is the top-most heading (e.g. the title of a page), which the others are used on headings of declining prominence:<h2>, <h3>, <h4>.
  • The <strong> and <em> tags place strong or weak emphasis on a bit of text (normally indicated by bolding or italicizing the text). As expected the emphasized text should be ended with an appropriate </strong> or </em> tag.
  • Superscripts and subscripts can be obtained by using the <sup> or <sub> tag to start and the </sup> or </sub> tag to finish.
  • [lb], [rb], [gt], [lt] create left and right brackets and greater and less-than signs in a way that won't be interpretted as tags. These can be useful if you're trying to write documentation about tags.
  • [vocab 123] will look up the controlled vocabularies for the current page. If vocabulary 123 has any terms checked it will be replaced with the text of those terms.




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