OvationTix may utilize certain fields to optimize searches for your events. Because of this, using double quotes in those fields
" can cause the public-facing page to display strangely --usually a block of text at the top of the page.
Best practice is to avoid using double quotes in these description fields (e.g., series description, package description). An alternative when entering basic text is to use two apostrophes
'', but that won't work if you're using HTML in those description fields to format and increase readability.
If the HTML entered is not well-formed, it could affect the formatting of your entire event page --possibly disabling the ability of a web patron to make a purchase, and nobody wants that.
If you are using HTML, follow the guidelines below and you should be good to go.
- Simpler is better. Stick to paragraph
<p>or line break
<br>tags, and bold
<i>, and underline
<u>formatting whenever possible.
- Single quotes for attributes! If, for example, you are doing something more complicated like linking to another page, the anchor
<a>tag will have an attribute called href. In an OvationTix text field it should be defined like this:
<a href='//www.externalurl.com'>Notice the single quotes
'around the attribute value. Using double quotes
"can make the online event page look weird or can affect functionality, like keeping you from accessing your storefront sections in QuickSell.
- Close what you open. Except for line breaks
<br>and horizontal rule lines
<hr>, tags should be opened
<tag>and then closed
</tag>. The closing tag is formed by putting a slash in front of the same letter or word that represents the opening tag. Closing tags do not take attributes.
- Last opened, first closed. If you have text that will have multiple tags applied to it, it is always best to close the tags in the reverse order of opening. Instead of
<a><b>text</a></b>, you will want to have
<a><b>text</b></a>. Think of them like nesting bowls.
- Special character codes avoid problems. Especially in the description field, pasting in special characters from another program can be dicey and may end up incorrectly rendered on the page. Using the HTML code instead (an easy reference is here: http://www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes.htm) guarantees proper rendering in any browser. Using
'for apostrophes and
"for quotation marks also alleviates possible confusion between text punctuation and the quotes used for attribute definitions.
- Online resources help. If you're unsure about writing the HTML yourself, you can use an online editor tool that creates the HTML code for you. One is http://www.html.am/html-editors/online-html-editor.cfm. If you're good with writing the code but want to check your work, an HTML Validator tool (http://htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/direct.html.en) can help you make sure you're following the rules.
Thanks for keeping these in mind when using HTML to format text entered into OvationTix.