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Moodle editor – HTML format

The text editorĀ is available in many areas of Moodle and is set to the default Atto editor.

Formatting text options

The Text editor is available for all text areas in Moodle and the format is automatically set to HTML format (Atto being the default editor).

However, if the setting ‘Editor preferences’ from the user menu top right > Preferences is set to ‘Plain text area’, then various format options are available in a dropdown menu below the text area.


HTML format

When writing HTML in Moodle, you are free to use almost any HTML tags you like to produce the effect you want.

Note that scripting (eg Javascript or VB Script) is not allowed, and will be removed automatically.

Your code will normally be printed on the page within a table cell, so:

  • There is no need to use any <HEAD> or <BODY> tags
  • Be careful about unmatched </TABLE> tags that may mess up the display.

Anything starting with www. or http:// will automatically be turned into a clickable link, for example www.moodle.org (assuming the Convert URLs into links filter is enabled by an administrator).

This format assumes the text is pure HTML. If you are using the text editor to edit text then this is the default format – all the commands in the toolbar are producing HTML for you.

Even if you are not using the text editor, you can use HTML code in your text and it should come out exactly as you intended.

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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