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LazyHusband Smart Phone App Compliments Your Wife for You (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year and a half ago | from the yes-honey-that-dress-looks-great-on-you-no-you're-not-fat dept.

Iphone 190

The guy who came up with the LazyHusband app, Ethan Duggan, isn't married. That's good, because he's only 12 years old. One of his local (Las Vegas) TV stations says this about him: "...the 12-year-old from Henderson, Nev., said he was tired of always replying to his mother's questions of how she looked in an outfit, he came up with common phrases that, with a touch of the screen, can tell his mother, 'You look amazing today.'" The app costs 99 cents for iOS, Android or Kindle. Ethan admits that Dad helped, but says the app is his own work and was his idea. He's now working on Lazy Kid and Lazy Wife. The TV story says, "Phrases for Lazy Kid include, yes, I did my homework and I love you. Ethan said he is having a hard time coming up with common phrases that a wife might say to her husband." Pro basketball retiree turned business guy Shaquille O'Neal is reportedly interested in LazyHusband, which means you may hear plenty more about LazyHusband and the prodigy who created it.

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Congrats kid (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215505)

and the prodigy who created it

Slashdot thinks you are a prodigy. Of course Slashdot editors aren't that smart either so don't get too caught up on that.

Re:Congrats kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215557)

Another soundboard app? Does it at least need to read my email address, contacts, and have unrestricted access to the internet?

Re:Congrats kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215757)

No... ah, the customized ads. So yes.

Re:Congrats kid (4, Interesting)

RussR42 (779993) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215847)

It took me a second to realize that he may be a prodigy after all. Not for the app, but for the marketing. Sell the same app a couple times to everyone with a different set of canned phrases instead of one generalized app that will let you select from a custom list of messages. Meh.

Re:Congrats kid (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216123)

Kids who achieve that kind of thing almost without exception have an adult guiding them along. I'd be willing to bet this is no exception, there's an adult hiding behind him doing all the publicity work.

Re:Congrats kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216677)

Kids who achieve that kind of thing almost without exception have an adult guiding them along. I'd be willing to bet this is no exception, there's an adult hiding behind him doing all the publicity work.

Are you willing to make that bet because the text above said his dad helped or is this your crazy intuition?

Re:Congrats kid (5, Insightful)

Graydyn Young (2835695) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216277)

Or maybe, just maybe, Ethan's Dad is a marketing genius, and his marketing plans involve using his 12 year old son.

Re:Congrats kid (5, Funny)

bitt3n (941736) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216703)

in that case, his Dad's pretty smart. not everyone predicted app stores 12 years ago

Re:Congrats kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216599)

exactly! wtf is this on here?!

Re:Congrats kid (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216943)

The word is progeny .As in child progeny [gocomics.com]

there is only one word you need to know (1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215535)

aha or uhh haa

same meaning. answer it every time and you will be OK

Re:there is only one word you need to know (5, Funny)

kevinT (14723) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215583)

You forgot the all purpose response -- "yes dear"

Re:there is only one word you need to know (4, Funny)

jittles (1613415) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216267)

You forgot the all purpose response -- "yes dear"

Wife: "Does this outfit make me look fat?"
Husband: "Yes dear"

Re:there is only one word you need to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216427)

I almost laughed up my lunch coffee!

Re:there is only one word you need to know (2)

femtobyte (710429) | about a year and a half ago | (#43217225)

It's still an important step up from:
Husband: "no, it's not the outfit."

Re:there is only one word you need to know (1)

alen (225700) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216577)

who the fuck calls their wife dear?

Re:there is only one word you need to know (4, Informative)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216735)

Someone who's married?

Re:there is only one word you need to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216745)

who the fuck calls their wife dear?

I do. Along with "sweetie", "darling", and "poopy head".

Lazy basketball forward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215537)

"Yo, I'm open. Throw me the rock".

wat (1, Insightful)

chris200x9 (2591231) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215553)

Is this a slasvertisment? What's so novel or important or news worthy of an app that says a phrase when a button is pushed?

Re:wat (1)

chris200x9 (2591231) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215561)

about*

Re:wat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215667)

I guess because it's programmed by a 12 year old? I think people just don't give kids enough credit these days.

Re:wat (2)

pspahn (1175617) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215849)

I'm pretty sure there was very little "programming" involved.

I think people just don't give programmers enough credit these days.

Apparently you are not married. (1, Insightful)

Kludge (13653) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215983)

FYI:
1. This is freaking hillarious.
2. This is freaking brilliant.

Re:Apparently you are not married. (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216073)

It's a soundboard app. There are thousands upon thousands of them already.

Re:Apparently you are not married. (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216097)

Yeah, but this one is hilarious and highlights the "yes dear" we've come to associate with married men.

If he makes some money out of it, all the better. But it is brilliant comedy.

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215555)

Next headline on slashdot: "New fart app developed!"

Sheesh...

Can't we just call it LazyLazy? (1)

Nemosoft Unv. (16776) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215569)

Really, if we can't even be bothered to come up with a compliment ourselves (even if it is a cliché), but have to rely on an app to do it for us... Next thing you know it's going to automatically message your SO with compliments :(

Let feminist complaints begin in.. (3, Funny)

poofmeisterp (650750) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215579)

3.....2.......1.......

Lazy Wife phrase ideas (4, Funny)

TimHunter (174406) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215585)

Pick up your clothes/games/tools, etc.
You need to shave/bathe/put on nicer clothes, etc.
Is that all you ever think about?
You forgot my birthday/the milk/to flush, etc.

Re:Lazy Wife phrase ideas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215785)

That could also be the lazy-mom-with-stay-home-mature-children app...

Re:Lazy Wife phrase ideas (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216429)

Are you done yet? My mouth is tired.
Can we just sleep tonight?
Ewww, the trash really stinks!
Will come in here and kill this?

Re:Lazy Wife phrase ideas (1)

linatux (63153) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216581)

Only needs one : "NO!"

Re:Lazy Wife phrase ideas (1)

martiniturbide (1203660) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216731)

Your food is in the oven. Check it out there.

Sounds like the dad did most of the work. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215587)

But whatever, good for him.

Lazy! (5, Funny)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215593)

Now we need LazySlashdotter, with such gems as:

"Minus 1 - Troll!"

"Minus 1 - I disagree!"

"Ok, mom. I'll put the wash in the drier right after this raid is over!"

"No, mom. My school doesn't have any dances scheduled this year."

"No, mom. My college doesn't have any dances scheduled this year."

"Ok, mom. I will try OKCupid right after this raid is over."

"Thanks for bringing me my AARP application, which they mail to people at age 50. You really didn't need to come down all these stairs into the basement at your age."

Re:Lazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215805)

I first received my AARP application when I was 25. I displayed it for several years on my office door. I received another not long ago, at 38.

Re:Lazy! (1)

frosty_tsm (933163) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216137)

I first received my AARP application when I was 25. I displayed it for several years on my office door. I received another not long ago, at 38.

I get one about every other month. I think I'm not living in the right neighborhood...

Re:Lazy! (2)

CycleMan (638982) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216405)

I first received my AARP application when I was 25. I displayed it for several years on my office door. I received another not long ago, at 38.

I get one about every other month. I think I'm not living in the right neighborhood...

They took my money and I had a valid membership at age 29. But when I called to get my darn discount card, they said, "Oops - you're too young for the card, but you can keep paying dues and receiving the magazine if you'd like." I don't know how they missed that beforehand; the application asks for your birthdate.

My membership in AAUW was about as short-lived as well.

Re:Lazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216233)

You forgot:

"First post!"

"Check out this out [goatse.cx]!"

Re:Lazy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43217115)

"In Soviet Russia, app tells you to RTFA."

Brainstorming (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215603)

"Ethan said he is having a hard time coming up with common phrases that a wife might say to her husband."

Let me get you started, kiddo:

1. No i don't want to have sex tonight
2. No i won't be cooking dinner tonight
3. No I don't want to have sex tonight
4. We are out of food, seriously there is nothing to eat [play this automatically any time user is near a refrigerator]
5. for the last time, no we aren't having sex tonight so shut up already!

AC because there *is* a snowballs chance in hell my wife might accidentally google and find this...

Re:Brainstorming (2)

crakbone (860662) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215817)

Think you forgot Honey I have a headache. Do you think she is pretty? I saw you looking at her. How do I look in this? Does this dress make me look fat? Do you know what today is?

Re:Brainstorming (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215953)

You blocked me on Facebook
And now you're going to die

Now you're going to die

You blocked me on Facebook

And now you're going to die

Now you're going to die

You blocked me on Facebook

Re:Brainstorming (1)

StuartHankins (1020819) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216023)

Catchy. Needs a good bass line.

Re:Brainstorming (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43217329)

Response from LazyHusband in bold.

Think you forgot

Honey I have a headache. You are a headache.

Do you think she is pretty? Yes.

I saw you looking at her. I am married, not dead or blind.

How do I look in this? You'd look better in this (points to sexy lingerie in Victoria's Secret catalogue)

Does this dress make me look fat? You're not fat but the dress does not complement your figure.

Do you know what today is? I'm sure you'll remind me.

Re:Brainstorming (2)

characterZer0 (138196) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215939)

Your wife seems to be the problem. It is more fun if you are the problem.

1. No, I will not hold your beer for you while you try that.
2. And I won't call 911 afterward either.
3. And don't you dare come into the house and drip blood on the floor to use the phone.
4. I think they put a guard on there for a reason. Why are you taking it off?
5. Your life insurance policy is paid up, right?
6. I am going back inside.

Re:Brainstorming (1)

eth1 (94901) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216649)

"Ethan said he is having a hard time coming up with common phrases that a wife might say to her husband."

Let me get you started, kiddo:

1. No i don't want to have sex tonight
2. No i won't be cooking dinner tonight
3. No I don't want to have sex tonight
4. We are out of food, seriously there is nothing to eat [play this automatically any time user is near a refrigerator]
5. for the last time, no we aren't having sex tonight so shut up already!

AC because there *is* a snowballs chance in hell my wife might accidentally google and find this...

You're over-thinking this. The LazyWife version just needs to be shaped like a dildo.

Re:Brainstorming (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216809)

If your wife doesn't want to have sex with you, maybe you are doing it wrong.

Can't wait for the Lazy Editor App (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215627)

1) This article looks good -> Promote to main page.
2) This article is boring/off topic ->GOTO 1.

Re:Can't wait for the Lazy Editor App (1)

guttentag (313541) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216835)

You can't wait for the lazy editor app? What exactly did you think Slashdot was? I'm surprised Dice isn't suing this kid for infringement.

Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215655)

Prodigy? LOL. Standards are pretty low these days, eh?

Next: Lazy coder (2)

xor.pt (882444) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215677)

With long time favorites:

"If it isn't broken, don't fix it."
"It's compiling."
"It's not a bug, it's a feature."

and many others!

Re:Next: Lazy coder (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216317)

My personal favorite:

"Should be fine."

Re:Next: Lazy coder (1)

O-Deka-K (1520371) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216337)

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

FTFY

Re:Next: Lazy coder (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216419)

I couldn't reproduce the error, so I'm closing this ticket.

Next: Lazy politician/office worker (1)

rastos1 (601318) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216799)

"No comment."
"It was done in full compliance with the law"
"We would love to, but {the_other_party} will block that"
"That's the fault of my predecessor and he does not work here anymore"
"Yes, if we get more funding"
"Yes, it takes away some liberties, but it's for the children!"
"We would love to, but cancelling that bloody contract is not possible."
"If we let that happen, then the terrorists have won!"
"That's a great question"
"We will appoint a committee to investigate that"
"Pull down your trousers and bend over"

The possibilities are endless.

Re:Next: Lazy coder (1)

BoredAtWorkWhatElse (936972) | about a year and a half ago | (#43217211)

But it works on my machine!

this is prodigy? (4, Interesting)

shadowrat (1069614) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215693)

so this is considered the mozart level of app making? this app will be cherished centuries later?

Re:this is prodigy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215823)

To be fair, this kid's managed to generate significant press with something about as creative and intelligent as the fart app, long since the time would the press would cover something like a fart app. So he may well be on his way to a lucrative career in making stupid shit. That's more than I can say for myself and the app I've worked on full-time for three years and so far has generated no press and doesn't have enough sales to cover the cost of an iPod Touch.

Re:this is prodigy? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year and a half ago | (#43217041)

To be fair, the kid posted a story on Slashdot and it was a slow news day in Austin. Shaq isn't interested, the kid won a competition to meet him.

Re:this is prodigy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215853)

I always think kids are turning dumber each year. But humanity seems to be managing... so I don't know what's wrong with my theory. Are they able to maintain a minimum level of brain cells that is enough for keep going on?

Re:this is prodigy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216117)

so I don't know what's wrong with my theory.

Biased sampling. In the past, the bitter old people heard about the stupidest things children did in town. Thanks to television, the bitter old folks could hear about the stupidest things that people did in the same coverage zone, but usually limited to what had a moderately expensive camera filming it.
Thanks to modern technology, an abundance of cheap recording devices, and rampant narcissism, you can now watch the significant majority of stupid things done by people trying to record themselves doing something cool but the records being put on youtube against their wishes.

Find some older people who are willing to be honest, ask them about the kinds of trouble they got into when they were kids. It will put the current crop of stupid in a whole new light.

Re:this is prodigy? (2)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216391)

Everybody can sell a good app. But it takes a true genius to sell a crappy one.

Re:this is prodigy? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year and a half ago | (#43217063)

So what's going to happen now Steve Jobs is gone?

Pro basketball retiree turned business guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215703)

What, just because he's rich from playing basketball then that means all of the sudden he magically knows business? What the fuck does that make Dennis Rodman: pro basketball retiree turned US diplomat?

Re:Pro basketball retiree turned business guy (2)

sunking2 (521698) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215789)

No, in fact he'll never say he's the smartest one in the room. But he does have seed money and isn't afraid to take some chances and toss it around to try to help people. What have you done lately?

Re:Pro basketball retiree turned business guy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215943)

Fucked your dad in the shower and then had a snack.

Re:Pro basketball retiree turned business guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216655)

A software engineer. Making kernel commits, quietly, without praise. Often yelled at actually.

"Should I buy these $300 shoes . . .?" (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215737)

"No, you look fat in them."

Saves money, incites terror . . .

Only a single guy/kid could come up with this (3, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215767)

If I ever used a phone app to tell my wife "you look amazing today", I'd be sleeping on the couch for at least a month.

Re:Only a single guy/kid could come up with this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216375)

What if her iPhone "fell in love" with her and tried to steal her away?
It could be good for laughs if timed right.

Lazy Boyfriend (3, Funny)

Looker_Device (2857489) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215777)

I agree with you.
Yes, I think she is a total bitch for saying that to you.
You fascinate me.
Yes, I would love to see that romantic comedy with you.

Re:Lazy Boyfriend (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216357)

Yes, I would love to see that romantic comedy with you.

Woah now, be careful: don't want the app making promises you don't want to keep.

'Prodigy'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215863)

Push a button, play an audio file. Whew, that must have taken all of an hour of work.

By the time I was 12 I was deep into the underground life of writing app add-ons for AOL chats! And the occasional 2D space shooter(it played audio when you clicked your mouse!)

Re:'Prodigy'? (2)

kaizendojo (956951) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216007)

And now your commenting anonymously on slashdot. How proud your folks must be.

(plus one Informative) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215889)

NIIGER AASOCIATION backwards. To the architecture. My achievements that of the old going session and join in

ELIZA Revisited (2)

foobsr (693224) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215891)

That is what deserves to be called progress.

CC.

He's only 12 (4, Interesting)

scarboni888 (1122993) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215895)

And he understands the mind-numbing monotony of some peoples' repetitive need for affirmation of their existence.

Way to go Ethan!

Slashvertisements are a sign of desperation. (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215927)

They must be, because it just all seems so farcical.

great (2)

Titan1080 (1328519) | about a year and a half ago | (#43215949)

Now we have an app that spouts the most overused word in English history; AMAZING. everything's AMAZING, have you noticed how AMAZING everything is these days? It's such an AMAZING word, I'd be AMAZED if anyone ever used any other non-AMAZING adjective besides AMAZING, ever again.

Re:great (1)

rk (6314) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216407)

Awesome post...

Common phrases for a wife and oblig SMBC comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43215951)

1. No dear, your penis is the largest I have ever had.
2. OMG, it's so big.
3. Yes dear, we can have a threesome with my hot sister.
4. No dear, you were my first.
5. Yes dear, our son is yours. [smbc-comics.com]

captcha:gospel

Preaching to the choir?

wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216035)

...people can't even compliment their mothers anymore without some APP-BULLSHIT to do it for them. I weep for humanity.

Next: LazyGirl/Boy-friend (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216041)

Can't wait for a future girl/boy-friend to come up with an app to handle routine/repetitive interactions with him.

Re:Next: LazyGirl/Boy-friend (1)

foobsr (693224) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216195)

Can't wait for a future girl/boy-friend to come up with an app to handle routine/repetitive interactions with him.

Wondering if this does not call for mechanical extensions.

CC.

Amazing! (1)

angiasaa (758006) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216065)

I find it hard to believe this story even made it to /. Or anywhere for that matter. It's amazing the junk people decide to sell, and even more amazing what people are willing to buy.

But you know what really takes the amazing cake? It is how low a journalist will stoop to cover a scoop!

Honesty is the best policy. (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216095)

I had a sister who used to always ask me how her outfits look. So I got honest.
"Yes, that outfit is great if you want to project an image of an desperate crazy chick trying to hook up."
"Wow, the belt takes your eyes away from how fat your ass is."
"Yes, that shirt shows enough cleavage to keep that maybe a drunk dude will try to get some action."
"I'm sure the other people will be impressed with how you manage to fit all your rolls into those tight clothes."

Needless to say, I wasn't asked my opinion about clothes that much.

Lazywife troubles (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216179)

I think he's probably having trouble with the lazywife because when it comes to be compliments, guys like to hear them after sex.

Re:Lazywife troubles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216381)

Lazywife is easy:

I have a headache.

I am tired.

Did you take out the garbage?

Are you listening to me?

You're having ANOTHER beer?

When are you going to shave?

I swear to god I am going to cut your balls off and feed them to the cat if you ever look at her like that again!

Flaw in story (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43216361)

Why is this woman asking her 12 YEAR OLD SON how she looks in her outfits?

How Freudian

You know why there's no Lazy Wife app? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216415)

[looks over shoulder] Better not go there right now...

Confucius says... (3, Funny)

Xphile101361 (1017774) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216425)

Man who is lazy to wife in life, has wife who is lazy to husband in bed.

Re:Confucius says... (1)

xmousex (661995) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216515)

that door

it swings both ways

I built a /. post app, it is very popular (2)

Ice Station Zebra (18124) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216489)

you can see it at work but just reading all the comments on /.

LazyWife phrases.... (1)

realsilly (186931) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216587)

...

"I'm fine."
"Nothing."
"Not tonight honey, I have a headache."
"Dinner is ready"
"Honnneeeey, I need your help with something."
"Your turn to feed the baby."
"I don't need anything for my birthday, really."
"You want a B---J--, I want a Mercedes, neither one of us are getting what we want tonight."

Useless (1)

IMightB (533307) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216785)

Because whipping out your phone, unlocking it, opening the app and finding the correct button for the response you are looking for is easier than just forming the words with your mouth?

Re:Useless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43217295)

It will be voice-activated: Just say the phrase you want it to play back.

Lazy Morals (1)

bityz (2011656) | about a year and a half ago | (#43216947)

okay Ethan's Dad, it's time to give your kid some guidance:

from the transcript

one of our next app is Bargument which allows you to create a Wikipedia page that is completely fake, to prove arguments at bars, so that you are right and the other person is wrong

making it easier to add crap to Wikipedia is not being a good netizen.

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