General NOTE: in order to have the actual HTML text of "mark-ups" be visible in Posts, omit the opening "angle-bracket" (so called by computer geeks, "less than" symbol for you math majors and engineers). please be sure to add the appropriate angle-bracket before AND after the HTML begin anchor markup (the letter 'a' - w/o the single -quotes) and end anchor mark-up (ibid) in order to have the mark-up produce its desired effect.
for those not familiar with HTML mark-up syntax, Bob, presumably, left out the beginning/opening angle-bracket of the ANCHOR in order to get the "mark-up" text to display in his Post. otherwise, only the letters "HTML" would have displayed and NOT the mark-up syntax he was trying to communicate/teach.
other neat options are available within the anchor syntax for controlling fonts and color. just search the web for "html tutorial" and you will get hits that will lead you to a complete explanation of the ANCHOR mark-up.
also the "HTML" at the end of Bob's anchor mark-up is the text that is presented to the human in the browser, i.e. what the reader actually sees. so, you can put in whatever you want. if the anchor is a link to a photo of GVP in a SpinnShelter, the "HTML" in Bob's Post would be replaced with "GVP in SpinnShelter".
typically, the anchor mark-up should have an end anchor mark-up after the text that the human can read. so, in Bob's example the mark-up would end with a "less-than" symbol, then the forward slash character, followed by the letter 'a' (w/o the sng-quotes) and finally a greater than symbol. had i actually typed this sequence of four characters, they would NOT have displayed in my Post.
a good way to see this type of mark-up "in action", so to speak, is to select the "View Source" or "View Page Source" menu choice in your browser. then just search the HTML source "code" for the ANCHOR mark-up text. you will then see the actual "mark-up" that produced the effect seen when the web page loads into the browser window.
hope this makes it a little clearer. if i've "muddied the waters" for anyone, my apolgies.
[to BPL staff - feel free to delete this Post if you feel that it adds no value. don't worry, it won't hurt my feelings if you delete it, or edit it to make it clearer to your readers. many thanks, pj]