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BBCode Guide
Introduction
What is BBCode?

Text Formatting
How to create bold, italic and underlined text
Adding strikethroughs and overlines
How to change the text colour or size
How to change the font family
Superscript and subscript
Small caps text
Reversing text
What does the PRE BBCode do?
Can I combine formatting tags?

Quoting and outputting fixed-width text
Quoting text in replies
Outputting code or fixed width data

Generating lists
Creating an Un-ordered list
Creating an Ordered list

Adding borders
Adding a border around text
Adding a title/legend to a border

Adding an HR (Horizontal Rule) to your post
How to add a horizontal rule to your post

Creating Links
Linking to another site

Showing images in posts
Adding an image to a post

Marking Spoilers
How do I mark potential spoilers?

Posting notes
Adding a note to a post

Text Alignment
How to align text

Other matters
Can I add my own tags?

 

Introduction
What is BBCode?
BBCode is a special implementation of HTML. Whether you can actually use BBCode in your posts on the forum is determined by the administrator. In addition, you can disable BBCode on a per post basis via the posting form. BBCode itself is similar in style to HTML: tags are enclosed in square braces [ and ] rather than < and > and it offers greater control over what and how something is displayed. Depending on the template you are using you may find adding BBCode to your posts is made much easier through a clickable interface above the message area on the posting form. Even with this you may find the following guide useful.
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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!

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Adding strikethroughs and overlines
If you would like to add a strikethrough or overline, you need to use the [s][/s] or [ol][/ol] tags. For example,
  • To make a piece of text have a strikethrough on it, use this:

    [s]Text goes here[/s]

    which would output Text goes here


  • To make a piece of text have an overline, use this:

    [ol]Text goes here[/ol]

    which would output Text goes here

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How to change the text colour 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 viewers browser and system:
  • Changing the colour of text is achieved by wrapping it in [color=][/color]. You can specify either a recognised colour 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!

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How to change the font family
To change the font family used, use the [font=][/font] tags. For example,
  • [font=Lucida Handwriting]Text goes here[/font]

    would output

    Text goes here

Please note that the fonts listed in the dropdown menu on the posting screen are the only ones allowed here and are the only ones that will work.
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Superscript and subscript
Using BBcode, you can make text superscript or subscript. For example,
  • This [sup]text[/sup] is superscript

    would output

    This text is superscript


  • and This [sub]text[/sub] is subscript

    would output

    This text is subscript

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Small caps text
To make text small caps, use the [smcaps][/smcaps] tags. For example,
  • [smcaps]This Text Has Small Caps[/smcaps]

    would output

    This Text Has Small Caps

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Reversing text
Using the [reverse][/reverse] tags, you can make text reversed. For example,
  • [reverse]This text is reversed![/reverse]

    would output

    This text is reversed!

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What does the PRE BBCode do?
The [pre] tag will preserve formatting that you may have from a regular text editor, so that tabs and spaces will show up in your posts
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Can I combine formatting tags?
Yes, of course you can; for example to get someones 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:

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

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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.
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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 character. To create an unordered list you use [list][/list] and define each item within the list using [*]. For example, to list your favorite colours you could use:

[list]
[*]Red
[*]Blue
[*]Yellow
[/list]

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

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Creating an Ordered list
The second type of list, an ordered list gives you control over what is output before each item. To create an ordered list you use [list=1][/list] to create a numbered list or alternatively [list=a][/list] for an alphabetical list. As with the unordered list items are specified using [*]. For example:

[list=1]
[*]Go to the shops
[*]Buy a new computer
[*]Swear at computer when it crashes
[/list]

will generate the following:
  1. Go to the shops
  2. Buy a new computer
  3. Swear at computer when it crashes
Whereas for an alphabetical list you would use:

[list=a]
[*]The first possible answer
[*]The second possible answer
[*]The third possible answer
[/list]

giving
  1. The first possible answer
  2. The second possible answer
  3. The third possible answer

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Adding borders
Adding a border around text
To add a border around a block of text, use the [area][/area] tags. For example,
  • [area]This text has a border![/area]

    would output

    This text has a border!

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Adding a title/legend to a border
To add a title or legend to a border, you need to use the [area=][/area] tags.
  • [area=Title of area]Text in area[/area]

    would output

    Title of areaText in area

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Adding an HR (Horizontal Rule) to your post
How to add a horizontal rule to your post
To add a horizontal rule to your post, use the [hr][/hr] tags. In between the tags put the width in percent of the rule. For example,
  • [hr]80[/hr]

    would output a horizontal rule 80% the width of the screen, which would look like this:



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Creating Links
Linking to another site
phpBB BBCode supports a number of ways of creating URIs, Uniform Resource Indicators 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 phpBB.com you could use:

    [url=http://www.phpbb.com/]Visit phpBB![/url]

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

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

    This would generate the following link: http://www.phpbb.com/
  • Additionally phpBB 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.phpbb.com into your message will automatically lead to www.phpbb.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.phpbb.com/][img]http://www.phpbb.com/images/phplogo.gif[/url][/img]

is not correct which may lead to your post being deleted so take care.
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Showing images in posts
Adding an image to a post
phpBB BBCode incorporates a tag for including images in your posts. Two very important things to remember when using this tag are: many users do not appreciate lots of images being shown in posts and second, the image you display must already be available on the Internet (it cannot exist only on your computer, for example, unless you run a webserver!). There is currently no way of storing images locally with phpBB (all these issues are expected to be addressed in the next release of phpBB). To display an image, you must surround the URL pointing to the image with [img][/img] tags. For example:

[img]http://www.phpbb.com/images/phplogo.gif[/img]

As noted in the URL section above you can wrap an image in a [url][/url] tag if you wish, eg.

[url=http://www.phpbb.com/][img]http://www.phpbb.com/images/phplogo.gif[/img][/url]

would generate:



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Marking Spoilers
How do I mark potential spoilers?
Using the [spoiler][/spoiler] tags, you can mark spoilers. Users will have to click on the spoiler to view it. Spoilers can be used in Private messages, as well.
  • Syntax is [spoiler]Spoily text[/spoiler].


  • Which would look like this:
    Spoily text
    Highlight it to read it.

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Posting notes
Adding a note to a post
Posting notes are text that can only be seen when editing the post -- it cannot be seen when viewing the post. This is good for games with answers; you can put the answer in your post without having any other users able to see it. Notes are not only for you, they are just only seen when editing and quoting. It is possible for moderators to view your notes or anybody else (if they can quote your post).

To post a note, put [note]Posting note here![/note] in your post.
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Text Alignment
How to align text
To make text aligned to a different side of the screen, use the [align][/align] tags. [align=left][/align] would align text in between to the left (default). [align=center][/align] would align text in between to the center of the screen. [align=right][/align] would align text in between to the right of the screen. [align=justify][/align] is for if you're writing a longer post (maybe a paragraph) and would like it to appear like rectangle, with all the text lined up on both the right and left.

The align works for images as well as text.
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Other matters
Can I add my own tags?
No, I am afraid not directly in phpBB 2.0. We are looking at offering customisable BBCode tags for the next major version.
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