I know if I want to make italic some text in the body of my question I should put it between two *'s. Also if I want to make bold some text, I should put it between **'s.

How I can make some text bigger? I tried the html code <font size="7">some text</font> without success.

  • 2
    Why do you need to do this? My suspicion is 'you cannot'.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 29, 2014 at 15:29
  • @JosephWright I just want to make bigger the size of the character 1 (and not []) in [1] to illustrate my question.
    – Name
    Nov 29, 2014 at 15:38
  • @JosephWright see the tex.stackexchange.com/questions/214573 for what I would like to do. Unfortunately I have to use image which take more resources.
    – Name
    Nov 29, 2014 at 16:06

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You can't, since only a subset of HTML tags are supported in the network's visual editor.

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<blockquote>     - specifies a section that is quoted from another source.
<code>           - defines a piece of computer code.
<del>            - delete, used to indicate modifications.
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<dl>             - description list.
<dt>             - title of an item in a <dl> description list.
<em>             - emphasized.
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<i>              - italic.
<img>            - specifies an image tag.
<kbd>            - represents user input (usually keyboard input).
<li>             - list item in an ordered list <ol> or an unordered list <ul>.
<ol>             - ordered list.
<p>              - paragraph.
<pre>            - pre-element displayed in a fixed width font and and 
                   unchanged line breaks.
<s>              - strikethrough.
<sup>            - superscript text appears 1/2 character above the baseline 
                   used for footnotes and other formatting.
<sub>            - subscript appears 1/2 character below the baseline.
<strong>         - defines important text.
<strike>         - strikethrough is deprecated, use <del> instead.
<ul>             - unordered list.
<br>             - line break.
<hr>             - defines a thematic change in the content, usually via a 
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Seeing your last comment: You could easily include that in your MWE, compile it and add a picture of it as a whole. The MWE could look like this. I don't think it's much reasonable to try to resemble LaTeX's output by HTML this way.

This is a text~\cite{one,two,three,four}.

\bibitem{one} Item One.
\bibitem[\mbox{\itshape 2}]{two} Item Two.
\bibitem[\mbox{\bfseries 3}]{three} Item Three.
\bibitem[\mbox{\Large 4}]{four} Item Four.

You could of course say:

It renders as


rather than [1]

  • How you do it ?
    – Name
    Dec 20, 2014 at 6:57
  • @Name you can click on the edit link to see the source but it is > It renders as <h1>[1]</h1> rather than <h5>[1]</h5> Dec 20, 2014 at 11:10
  • Thanks, in fact the 'edit' links for 'answers' is not available to me. I guess it needs a minimum number of reputation to see it and for me it is not the case. However I can click on 'edit' for questions.
    – Name
    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:27

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