The Memory Bank uses a web-based forum which generates text using simple HTML mark-up codes (HTML is the standard word-processing language for creating hypertext on the web). The menu above the text inputting box allows you to format text in a range of ways. The ‘B’ and ‘I’ tabs allow you to create bold and italic text. These work as on/off toggles and create visbible rather than embedded text code (this is not a wysiwyg editor – ‘what you see is what you get’).
The ‘B-QUOTE’ tab allows you to create an indented block of text for quoted matter. Again the block is ended by pressing the tab a second time. By default indented blocks of text are generated in italic font.
The ‘UL’ and ‘OL’ tabs allow you to create unordered and ordered lists of text (i.e. not in or in a numbered sequence) – individual items on the list are then demarked by using the ‘LI’ tab – again all these tabs represent on/off toggles. You need to press ‘UL’ or ‘OL’ a second time to mark the end of the list, and ‘LI’ a second time to indicate the end of each item/line in your list. If you copy and paste text into the editor any hidden mark-up code (bold text, indents etc.) will be lost and will need to be re-created. This is why it’s best to import plain text.