HTML guide

Thanks to HTML-based security exploits, all submission forms on Linux Today go a basic filter which only allows the following tags:

BOLD These are represented with the <B> and </B> tags.

ITALIC These are represented with the <I> and </I> tags.

UNDERLINE These are represented with the <U> and </U> tags.

BREAK These are represented with the <BR> tag.

EMPHASIS These are represented with the <EM> and the closing </EM> tag.

STRONG These are represented with the <STRONG> and the closing </STRONG> tag.

A HREF [anchor tags]

Anchor tags take one of two forms (for the purposes of Linux Today):

<A HREF=”http://someurl.com”>


<A HREF=”mailto:[email protected]”>


[1]You don’t need to specify anchor tags — our filter will auto-magically add them to your http://somewhere.com/somepage.html links for you. Please enter URL’s with the http: prefix, and it finds and does the rest for you.

[2]All other tags, Java-script, web-TV specific enhancements, embedded Cobol and active/viral-X will be filtered and either exposed or removed. Please don’t bother with silly tricks in other words. It’s pretty straight-forward, we just want some text and some highlighting, that’s all.

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We moderate all posts, and we will delete those we don’t find acceptable. We screen for profanity, “first posts,” personal attacks, flame-inducing language, and trolling. In short, keep it honest, to the point, on topic, and polite.

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HTML in Talkbacks

Unfortunately, where HTML is concerned, we’ve been forced to limit the number of tags we allow in talkbacks. <b>old, <u>nderline, and <i>talics tags are all welcome, but we won’t allow any hyperlinks. If you want to relate a URL to other readers, please just enter the URL without any tags. Otherwise, it will be stripped, leaving only the link text itself, which will probably confuse other readers. We’d rather not have to do this, but the number of readers who think it’s cute to link to objectionable content in the guise of informing other readers of useful information has gone up over time and our moderators are supposed to be out looking for interesting stories, not checking out every link to make sure it isn’t obnoxious.

Advertisements for company products by employees of those companies can be found at times. This is frowned upon by our staff, and if it becomes annoying or obvious, the post may be deleted.

The Linux and Open Source / Free Software movements are many things, but we all strive for honesty and objectivity. We may not always succeed at holding to these goals, but we strive to do it, and we appreciate your support.

The Linux Today management.