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Blockquote, Strong, & Emphasize Tags

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Jen demonstrates usage of the blockquote tag, the strong tag, and the em tag for designating various kinds of emphasized text.

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>> Jen Kramer: So let's go back on over to, Hobbies page has more room, let's continue on the Hobbies page. One of the things that you may occasionally want to do is put in a quotation from somebody. Somebody said something smart, right, and you wanna put a quote in on your webpage.

There are tags for this.
>> Jen Kramer: The blackquote tag is one of them.
>> Jen Kramer: blockquote, that's our tag. That's for somebody who said something, okay. The blockquote tag. Inside of that, we need the thing that people said, right? Anyone who wanna take a guess at what kind of tag it might be the, be a good tag for that?

Hint, you already know it.
>> Jen Kramer: How about a paragraph tag, yeah? Some smart person said a really smart thing. Okay, so that's our quote. Whatever it is that they said, all right? And then we're gonna use the cite tag, C-I-T-E, that is a citation. In other words, that's the attribution, who said that smart thing.

So this is a very common thing, we quote people all the time. You can take some CSS styling, you can make this look absolutely beautiful on webpages. You actually see that trick all the time in newspaper. Have you heard of a thing called the poll quote in newspapers?

Sometimes the newspapers will take some thing from an article, that they sort of pull out a couple of sentences and they make them really big and scripty and kind of pretty looking? This is the fundamental part of that, the first part of getting that kind of thing started.

So you gotta quote what it was that they said. All right, if you save that and look at your webpage.
>> Jen Kramer: Mine's right there under the picture.
>> Jen Kramer: Some smart person said a really smart thing by smart person. And two more little tags for you. Now, these two tags are the most abused tags in HTML, the last two that I want to talk about.

I am talking to you here today. I am here talking to you today. You heard the difference in those sentences, right? Okay, so, what did I do differently? I am here talking to you today. Those are emphasized words, aren't they? We have tags for emphasizing those words in sentences or strongly emphasizing those words.

I am strongly emphasizing this concept, okay? These two tags are called, shockingly, the strong tag for strong emphasis and the tag for regular emphasis. They are horribly abused because they are thought of as the bold tag and the italic tag, okay? But they're not. They're the strongly emphasized and the emphasized, make sense?

Okay, so if we were to emphasize the really smart thing that somebody said, we would put in a strong tag around it.
>> Jen Kramer: So some smart person said a really smart thing.
>> Jen Kramer: These are really smart thing. We're gonna really emphasize that. Okay, so that's what the strong tag is for and then down here where I say.

I enjoy doing many things with my spare time. I'm just going to emphasize that so that's just the <em> tag. Yes,
>> Speaker 2: If you had a browser extension that read this aloud,
>> Jen Kramer: Yes
>> Speaker 2: Actually read it like that.
>> Jen Kramer: I would hope so. I don't actually know the answer to that question.

There are some screen readers that are out there and available that will read webpages. Hopefully that it would put in that kind of emphasis, but they're often computer voices and I don't know how far computer voices have come whether that's a thing yet. But maybe one day.