If you’ve ever tried to paste a commandline or HTML into a Blogger blog, you’ve ended up with missing characters, weird linewraps, and “smart quotes” where there shouldn’t be any. This frustrates readers and makes you look like an idiot.
There’s a couple of ways to get around this.
The first is to store snippets of code in something like Pastebin (which I’ve used in the past), but a better (and more professional) option is to use GitHub. While GitHub is a bit overpowered for code snippets alone, it allows you the flexibility to do and save a lot more if you ever get into it. Make a free account, and then click on the “Gist” button at the top. You’ll get a nice place to post your code. And I think this is cool – you can also “star” the gists you use to help keep track of them later.
But what if it’s just a commandline? You’ve got some options:
NOTE: If you experience problems with brackets and ampersands, you would want to use this online urlencoder. It’s how I created the little bit of code below.
- Ad-hoc simple (but ugly) solution:
Click the HTML tab at the top of the compose window. Then paste these lines:
<textarea name=”textarea” cols=”40″ rows=”4″ wrap=”VIRTUAL”>
YOUR CODE GOES HERE
Example of what it looks like.
- Edit your blog’s HTML code.
a. Follow this guide to get to where you press “Edit HTML”.
b. Then Find (press CTRL+F) this: ]]></b:skin>
c. Add this code ABOVE ]]></b:skin>
border: solid #5C7B90;
border-width: 1px 1px 1px 20px;
font: 13px ‘Courier New’, Courier, monospace;
margin: 10px 0 10px 10px;
padding: 10px 10px 10px; width: 90%;
d. Click Save Template.
Then when you go to post your code, click the HTML tab, and just paste this code: