|hr||horizontal rule (a horizontal dividing line)|
|center||center text in your post|
|box=||put text in a box (specifying background color)|
|hi=||highlight text with a specified color|
|s||mark text with strikethrough text|
|wiki||include Wiki article links by name|
|youtube||insert youtube videos into your post|
|char||insert special characters into your text|
|table||insert tables into your text|
|font=||use a specified font in your post|
(For illustration purposes, I'll use "||" in this post where the edit box requires "".)
● Horizontal rule
The first BB tag to note is the horizontal line, |hr||/hr|. This is good for separating sections of your text. There should be nothing between the opening and closing tags. It looks like this:
Next, you can now center text in your post with |center||/center| tags:
You can put a box around a passage in your post with |box=||/box| tags:
Here the background color of the box is #FCFAF4 (box=#FCFAF4). You can specify any color you like. If in doubt, just use specify hi=white and the box will have a white background. (See section toward the end on color.)
NB: this does not work properly around text within a passage.
● Highlight (hi=)
You can now highlight a sub-passage using |hi=||/hi| to bring attention to a specific section of text. All you have to do is supply the highlight color.
Highlighting should use a light color for ease of reading. Here are a few names: Cornsilk, Lavender, Thistle, Linen, Beige, Honeydew, OldLace. You can also use dark highlights with light text. (See section toward the end on color.)
You can now preformat text with |pre||/pre| tags. It uses a fixed width font. This allows you to layout your text exactly as you want.
Buffalo Bill ’s
who used to
ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
he was a handsome man
and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
- ee cummings
x one two three four
uno 1 2 3 4
dos 2 4 6 8
tres 3 6 9 12
quattro 4 8 12 16
You can now do strikethrough with |s||/s| tags:
● superscript and subscript
You can now have superscript |super| and subscript |sub|:
You are able to embed Wiki links by naming the article between the |wiki||/wiki| tags:
And you can embed Youtube videos with the |youtube||/youtube| tags:
To post a YouTube video you'll need the code at the end of the video URL. The URL for this video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3TG5qqCAKo and the code comes after "watch?v=". In this case X3TG5qqCAKo and that's all you need to include the video using these tags: |youtube]X3TG5qqCAKo[/youtube|
● Special characters
Here are some of the characters you can use in your postings now that there is a new char tag available in the edit box. The code necessary precedes the character, sometimes a hash (#) plus a number, sometimes letters. As with any characters you can change their color and their size. (And note that I have changed the size of some characters, as indicated below, because they would otherwise be too small to be clear.)
|#8680 ⇨ #8658 ⇒ rarr → #8679 ⇧ #8657 ⇑ uarr ↑ larr ← #8656 ⇐ #8678 ⇦ darr ↓ #8659 ⇓ #8681 ⇩|
|#9650 ▲ #9658 ► #9660 ▼ #9668 ◄|
|#9824 ♠ #9827 ♣ #9829 ♥ #9830 ♦ (character size=150)|
|middot · bull • #9679 ● #3664 ๐ #9642 ▪ #9632 ■ #9670 ◆ #9671 ◇ #9673 ◉|
|trade ™ copy © reg ®|
|#177 ± ne ≠ not ¬ infin ∞ deg ° radic √ ne ≠ equiv ≡ #8756 ∴|
|#188 ¼ #189 ½ #190 ¾ |
#8531 ⅓ #8532 ⅔
|ndash – mdash — |
sect § para ¶ dagger † Dagger ‡ (note the capital D)
#9745 ☑ #9746 ☒ (character size=150)
|#9737 ☉ #9788 ☼ #9733 ★ #9790 ☾ #9789 ☽|
#9792 ♀ #9794 ♂ (character size=150)
|#9566 ╞ #9552 ═ #9578 ╪ #9569 ╡ #9568 ╠ #9580 ╬ #9571 ╣|
|euro € pound £ yen ¥ cent ¢|
There is a truckload of other characters, many of which you can find here.
(Don't forget, for illustration purposes, I'm using "||" in this post where the edit box requires "".)
There are now codes so you can now build tables on the forum.
Tables are indicated with codes that show this: |table||/table|. Between then you have table rows |tr||/tr| and rows contain cells (=table data) |td||/td|.
A table with four cells (2 x 2) might look like this:
or if you prefer:
Which creates a table like this:
• Only one more thing to know about tables: you can color the background of any cell, simply by using |td=color| instead of |td|. (See the next section for ideas about colors.)
Here is a table with seven rows, each with six cells.
- Greek noun declensions:
|1st sng. M.||η γνωμη||της γνωμης||τη γνωμη||την γνωμην||the thought|
|1st pl.||αι γνωμαι||των γνωμων||ταις γνωμαις||τας γνωμας||the thoughts|
|2nd sng. F.||ο πονος||του πονου||τω πονω||τον πονον||the toil|
|2nd pl.||οι πονοι||των πονων||τοις πονοις||τους πονους||the toils|
|3rd sng. N.||το μετρον||του μετρου||τω μετρω||τον μετρον||the measure|
|3rd pl.||τα μετρα||των μετρων||τοις μετροις||τα μετρα||the measures|
• Make sure that your table has the same number of cells in each row. Otherwise the table will be defective.
NB: you cannot place a table inside another table.
Here are the basic colors available for use in a browser:
|Red #FF0000||DarkRed #800000|
|Green #00FF00||DarkGreen #008000|
|Blue #0000FF||DarkBlue #000080|
|Yellow #FFFF00||Olive #808000|
|Cyan #00FFFF||Teal #008080|
|Fuchsia #FF00FF||Purple #800080|
You can use the name or the number in the above to specify the color, though many colors you can create have no specific names.
There are 170 named colors available to use. Here are a few more:
If you understand RGB component colors (Red Green Blue), you can describe the colors you want using hexadecimal numbers 00-FF for each component, where 00 is no color and FF is maximum color and the numbers in between get darker. #FF0000 is bright red. #00FF00 is bright green and #0000FF is bright blue. #000080 is dark blue. #008000 is dark green and #80000 is dark red. #FFFF00 is yellow, #00FFFF is cyan and #FF00FF is purple.
To find more colors, press the "Font colour" button and put the mouse over any color that interests you to see the RGB hexadecimal value.
For more details, see Web colors.
NB: If you use RGB color indications, don't forget the "#". It's easy to do!
You can now specify a font you'd like to use in your posts by using the "font=" tag and specifying the font you'd like to use after the "=".
Fonts available will ultimately depend on those fonts installed on the user's computer, but there are a number of fonts considered to be safe for all Windows and Mac computers. These are
|Sans serif||arial||arial black||helvetica||trebuchet ms||verdana|
|Serif||georgia||palatino||times new roman|
|Fixed width||courier||courier new|
|Decorative||comic sans ms||impact|
You will need to use the font names as indicated above for a browser to recognize them. Don't use capitals.
As can be seen there are not great differences between certain fonts, especially at font sizes we use them on screen. Arial and helvetica look quite similar, though trebuchet ms and verdana are more rounded fonts.
You might use a different font for a heading or perhaps for a quoted passage. Too much variation of fonts will make it difficult for people to read what you post. So, by all means, be creative, but please think of your long-suffering reader and use different fonts for their benefit.
My 2¢ worth.