Cheers, all ^.^
Smogon has a somewhat complicated inner workings that relies on both HTML and SCMS. Every article, analysis, Smog article, Competitor announcement, or hub update requires the use of HTML. Some of you C&C writers might not even realize it, but you're using HTML when you wrap those <p> tags around each of your paragraphs! You're also using SCMS tags when you use [SET], [SET COMMENTS], etc. :P
Between C&C articles, Smog articles, and hubs, we're always on the lookout for peeps with HTML knowledge. There also will likely be some new additions coming soon that will require a lot of HTML, which means a lot of contributors willing to help out with it all. HTMLing for Smogon has its perks as well; it can lead to Pre-Contributor
, which can grow into Contributor
or Contributor to Smogon Media
depending on what you HTML! HTML knowledge is also a requirement for Site Staff
, although that badge is given on a need basis. If you are already a badged user, you can view the SCMS to get a better idea of how HTML and SCMS works!
If you're looking to learn HTML, this
is a fantastic resource. HTML requires precision, as messing up a single tag can throw your results completely out the window. The best way to get this precision is through practice. Trial and error will eventually get you the results you want, but it's not the most effective method. As such, this dojo will offer up various articles for you to practice HTML on. I'll include an answer key in hide tags as well, so you can compare your results and see what you got wrong. The goal here is to help you learn, so simply C/Ping the answer won't do anything for you. Instead, use this as an opportunity to pick up on a useful coding language to know.
Notepad is a great text editor to use for these practices. It allows you to save your document as a .html file, so you can validate it with this
. Notepad also handily uses straight quotation marks (") rather than curly ones (“) that break HTML.
Some handy resources for you:
W3School's HTML Tutorial
The W3C's Validator
W3School's TryIt Editor
Chaos's HTML Primer
Desolate's Intro to SCMS
Those last two might be a bit outdated, but they're still useful overall. For now, get out there and start reading up on this stuff. I'll post up a practice article sometime tomorrow. Feel free to ask any questions here, or you can VM/PM Omicron
, and Jellicent
for any help that you need ^.^
Happy HTMLing :)