We’re not all experts on using HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language, a type of programming code), so here’s an idiot’s guide to enhancing your comments in three simple ways.

1) Take a relevant quote, put it on the commenting plate and garnish with a "<i>" before it and a "</i>" afterwards – italicising in this way helps the reader distinguish which words are yours and which are not.

E.g. <i>Sir, you are mistaken</i> Forsooth, so I am.

2) If you want a word to have a particularly strong flavour, simply sprinkle it with "<b>" followed by some "</b>" – emboldening shouldn’t be overdone, but it is useful for general emphasis.

E.g. Sorry for the confusion everybody, my last post should have said "I <b>didn’t</b> shoot JR!"

3) A long URL (Uniform Resource Locator, i.e. website address) sometimes rolls off the blog table. You can keep it together nicely with a dollop of "<a href=", followed by your desired URL (must have "http://") and a hint of ">", then adding your new topping, and a last dash of "</a>" – taking the time do this will also make it a proper hyperlink rather than normal text.

E.g. I do have a credible source actually, it is the <a href=>Monster Raving Loony Party</a>

Please feel free to use this post’s comment section to practice.

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