I was reading through the PHP/Mysql tutorial for database driven websites and I must make an observation.

Part of the tutorial talks about setting it up to where you needed to know zero html for the article submitter to be able to get it to format. The only problem I see is that all you are doing is replacing html with other tag like code. This seems unecessary to me as alot of people already know basic html needed to format text and if they don't they still have to know the code you come up with. Wouldn't it just be easier to give the submitter a cheat sheet on html then to have to give them instructions on how to add something that you made up off the top of your head?

I may be wrong but are there any other advantages to doing this rather than just using basic html?

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