The html you can use when commenting on someone else’s blog is very limited. Strangely, the Support docs are silent on this. So is the comment area in most themes – with some exceptions.
In Vigilance you get this (almost useless) notice below the comment box:
“Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.”
Basic XHTML? What is “basic” XHTML?
Well, in some themes you get this list:
The list shows up above or below the comment box in the following themes:
Benevolence (after “Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed:”)
Beach, Choco, Coraline, Elegant Grunge, Enterprise, Fusion, Inuit Types, Liquorice, MLB Fan, MLB Modern, MLB Retro, Mystique, Notepad, Oulipo, Paperpunch, Pilcrow, Sandbox 1.6.2, Spectrum, Structure, The Morning After, Toolbox, Twenty Ten, Under the Influence, Vertigo, Vostok, zBench (after “You may use these HTML tags and attributes:”)
Andreas 09, Hemingway (after “XHTML: You can use these tags:”)
Blix, Flower Power, Sweet Blossoms (after “Some HTML allowed:”)
Fjords 04 (after “HTML-Tags:”)
Pool (after “XHTML:”)
This list looks so out of place on a blog page, and so strange to users not familiar with html, that some think it’s a bug.
The only elegant case is Fauna. Above the comment box you get a tab saying “Formatting your comment”; clicking the tab reveals this:
And what exactly do all these mean or how exactly are they used? Details in the next post on the subject.