Article Writing Tips – Break Tags

When writing articles to be published on the internet, one of the most common mistakes is made in the use of break tags. Break tags are used to avoid the natural formatting of many websites when the author wants lines of writing to be separated by the use of the Enter key, without having to enter an additional space (which would be shown by hitting the Enter key twice). Some of the most common mistakes seen when using these tags include mistyping the code itself, using the tag in the wrong spots in the article, and being inconsistent with the use of these tags throughout the whole of the article.

The most common mistake is seen in using the wrong HTML code to signify a break tag. Although there are more than one way to signify a break tag, I recommend using the simplest form, or simply “br” in the HTML brackets. This way, you avoid mistakenly putting the “/” key in the wrong spot. If the “/” key is put in the wrong spot, two problems can occur. Dependent upon the website, the HTML code will not be read, and thus the sentence structure of the article will include run-on lines that when read, will seemingly not make much sense. The other problem that can occur is that if the website has editors who fix HTML coding problems before an article goes live, they will have to manually fix all those mistakes, taking up both the editor’s time, but also being done without the author knowing, and thus the author will continue to write articles that include mistakes in the coding, which could then lead back to the first problem.

As I have said before, break tags are commonly used to separate lines of text without using punctuation or the list HTML coding. The most used examples of this are lists of short, succinct points. Two examples I’ll show you include an ingredient list, and a list of points using some form of manual bullet points to signify each different point.

Example #1: List of ingredients – Any short list that you do not want separated by punctuation should be separated by break tags if you feel that separating it by two Enter keys would make the list harder to read. For example:1 whole onion, diced ½ cup celery, chopped ½ cup carrots, chopped ¼ cup butter pinch of salt black pepper

*Important – Do not put a break tag after the last item in your list if you intend on using two Enter keys. The space left by the Enter keys will automatically format the spaces you are looking for.

Example #2: Bullet Points – If you do not want to use the list HTML coding, but instead want to manually enter in numbers or bullet points, you can use break tags to condense the list to create a block of points rather than points that can get lost in the similar formatting of the rest of your article. However, this is a choice you as the author can make, dependent upon which style you like.

But, that leads me into my final point. No matter how you style the formatting of your article,꽁머니  stay consistent throughout the entire document. Although it is not a requirement, it makes the reading of the article easier and will make the viewing of your article more enjoyable, thus making them more likely to read future submissions of yours or to visit your sites you link to.

The best example of this is when using sub-headings in your document. Although there are multiple ways to create sub-headings, and no one way is wrong, consistency is key here. For example:

Sub-heading 1

This is the text that follows and relates to sub-heading #1.

In this example, the sub-heading is highlighted using the bold HTML coding, and the text follows after a double Enter. If you are going to use this formatting for your first sub-heading, do the second for the second, third, etc sub-heading. Do not change to a different sub-heading format, such as:<b>Sub-heading #2</b> This is the text that follows and relates to sub-heading #2.

Although this is also a valid sub-heading format to use, if you switch formatting mid-article, your article does not have as clean of an appeal as a well formatted article does.

Another example of this formatting issue is when certain portions of the document are separated with break tags, and other portions which are very similar in style are not. If you choose to use break coding in the first section of your article, do the same later in the article as well.

As I have stated from the beginning, break tags can cause a lot of common mistakes when writing articles. These mistakes can be avoided by learning appropriate times to use these tags, using the same HTML coding in each article, and by using consistent formatting throughout the entire document.

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