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Using Bulletin Board Code in your forum messages
What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. It is similar in style to HTML, but the tags are enclosed in square brackets [ and ] rather than inside chevrons < and > and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. Adding BBCode to your posts is made easier through the clickable toolbars above the message area in the posting window.



However, if you wish to post the tags manually, you may find the following useful. A more detailed explanation of the various BBCode tags is provided in the forum Help file.

Text Formatting

How to create bold, italic and underlined text
BBCode includes tags to allow you to quickly change the basic style of your text. This is achieved in the following ways:
  • To make a piece of text bold enclose it in [b][/b], eg.

    [b]Hello[/b]will become Hello
  • For underlining use [u][/u], for example:

    [u]Good Morning[/u]becomes Good Morning
  • To italicise text use [i][/i], eg.

    This is [i]Great![/i]would give This is Great!
How to change the text color or size
To alter the color or size of your text the following tags can be used. Keep in mind that how the output appears will depend on the viewer's browser and system:
  • Changing the color of text is achieved by wrapping it in [color=][/color]. You can specify either a recognised color name (eg. red, blue, yellow, etc.) or the hexadecimal triplet alternative, eg. #FFFFFF, #000000. For example, to create red text you could use:

    [color=red]Hello![/color]or[color=#FF0000]Hello![/color]

    will both output Hello!
  • Changing the text size is achieved in a similar way using [size=][/size]. This tag is dependent on the template you are using but the recommended format is a numerical value representing the text size in pixels, starting at 1 (so tiny you will not see it) through to 29 (very large). For example:

    [size=9]SMALL[/size]

    will generally be SMALL

    whereas:

    [size=24]HUGE![/size]

    will be HUGE!
Can I combine formatting tags?
Yes, but the tags need to be nested within each other and closed in the same sequence that they're opened. For example to get someone's attention you may write:

[size=18][color=red][b]LOOK AT ME![/b][/color][/size]

this would output LOOK AT ME!

We don't recommend you output lots of text that looks like this, though! Remember that it is up to you, the poster, to ensure that tags are closed correctly. For example, the following is incorrect because the tags are not nested and not closed in the correct sequence:

[b][u]This is wrong[/b][/u]

Quoting and outputting fixed-width text

Quoting text in replies
There are two ways you can quote text: with a reference or without.
  • When you utilize the Quote function to reply to a post on the board you should notice that the post text is added to the message window enclosed in a [quote=""][/quote] block. This method allows you to quote with a reference to a person or whatever else you choose to put. For example, to quote a piece of text Mr. Blobby wrote, you would enter:

    [quote="Mr. Blobby"]The text Mr. Blobby wrote would go here[/quote]

    The resulting output will automatically add: Mr. Blobby wrote: before the actual text. Remember that you must include the quotation marks "" around the name you are quoting -- they are not optional.
  • The second method allows you to blindly quote something. To utilise this enclose the text in [quote][/quote] tags. When you view the message it will simply show: Quote: before the text itself.
Outputting code or fixed width data
If you want to output a piece of code or in fact anything that requires a fixed width with a Courier-type font, you should enclose the text in [code][/code] tags, eg.

[code]echo "This is some code";[/code]

All formatting used within [code][/code] tags is retained when you later view it.

Generating lists

Creating an Un-ordered list
BBCode supports two types of lists, unordered and ordered. They are essentially the same as their HTML equivalents. An unordered list ouputs each item in your list sequentially one after the other indenting each with a bullet. To create an unordered list you use [list][/list] and define each item within the list using [li] and [/li] tags. For example, to list your favorite colors you could use:

[list]
[li]Red[/li]
[li]Blue
[li]Yellow[/li]
[/list]

This would generate the following list:
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Yellow

Creating Links

Linking to another site
BBCode supports a number of ways of creating URIs, Uniform Resource Locators better known as URLs.
  • The first of these uses the [url=][/url] tag; whatever you type after the = sign will cause the contents of that tag to act as a URL. For example, to link to Yahoo you could use:

    [url=http://www.yahoo.com]Visit Yahoo[/url]

    This would generate the following link, Visit yahoo You will notice the link opens in a new window so the user can continue browsing the message boards if they wish.
  • If you want the URL itself displayed as the link you can do this by simply using:

    [url]http://www.yahoo.com[/url]

    This would generate the following link: http://www.yahoo.com
  • Additionally this forum features something called Magic Linkswhich will turn any syntatically correct URL into a link without you needing to specify any tags or even the leading http://. For example typing www.yahoo.com into your message will automatically lead to www.yahoo.com being output when you view the message.
  • The same thing applies equally to email addresses; you can either specify an address explicitly, like:

    [email]no.one@domain.adr[/email]

    which will output no.one@domain.adr or you can just type no.one@domain.adr into your message and it will be automatically converted when you view.
As with all the BBCode tags you can wrap URLs around any of the other tags such as [img][/img] (see next entry), [b][/b], etc. As with the formatting tags it is up to you to ensure the correct open and close order is following. For example:

[url=http://www.yoursite.com][img]http://www.yoursite.com/images/photo.gif[/url][/img]

is not correct which may lead to your post being deleted so take care.


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