Creating Valid HTML
By following the procedures on this page, you can create valid HTML -- without having to know HTML.
There is one very important rule:
NEVER paste in content copied directly from Word, Google Docs, or another web page!
Doing this generates TONS of needless garbage markup with no valid structural HTML, such as header and paragraph tags.
To re-use content from a Word document or another web page, you must first paste it into a plain text editor (like Notepad++ for Windows or BBEdit for Mac OS; both free downloads). Then copy the bare text from the text editor, paste it into Sharepoint, and format the content using the procedures below.
Applying Valid HTML Tags with Sharepoint's Toolbar
Sharepoint's "ribbon" toolbar includes a "Markup Styles" menu that helps you apply valid Header and Paragraph tags to content.
Creating HTML Headers
- Enter text for the header content and select the text
- Select the appropriate level header.
NOTE: There should only be one h1 on each page. In our templates, the site title is an h1 (1st-level header); so the page title should be an h2.
Creating HTML Paragraphs
The process is similar, except you select "Paragraph" from the "Markup Styles" menu.
- Select the text for a paragraph.
- Select "Paragraph."
TIP: To easily create additional paragraphs after your first, place your cursor at the end of the paragraph, and press your keyboard's "Enter" (or "Return") key. You've now started a second properly-tagged paragraph!