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Guide to BBCode

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:14 am
by BrianMac
BBCode is a "lightweight" computer language that you can use to format your posts. Most of the BBCode functions are available in buttons above box in which you type posts - Bold, Italics, Underline. If you highlight any text in your post and push one of these buttons, it will apply that formatting. But on your screen where you enter your post, you will not see the formating. Instead, you will see that a bracketed letter appears before and after your text. This is the BBCode telling the computer where the formatting (bold, for example) starts and ends. It starts with "[ b ]" and ends with "[ / b ]". To see how this will look when it's posted, however, you have to use the Preview button. You can Preview a post as many times as you want to make sure your post looks right. Don't forget to push Submit when you're ready to post.

This guide: BBCode Guide has very good explanations of the various BBCode features, such as how to make lists, how to insert links to other sites, and how to add pictures that you have stored online (for adding pictures you have stored on your computer, see this thread).

Feel free to use this thread as a practice space for experimenting with the BBCode.

Re: Guide to BBCode

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:20 pm
by Joe Ross
Bumping this topic due to interest in various features. Unfortunately, it's impossible to type the coding as an explanation or an example, as the typed coding will create the feature rather than allow you to see the coding.

A GREAT suggestion during the zoom meeting (I think by DrTom): If you see a post which has features you admire, the simplest way to learn how to create something similar is to click on the " sign to the upper right. This will quote the post into a forum reply, where you will see the formatting of the admired post.

This site has an excellent built-in FAQ section, which I recommend exploring.

Re: Guide to BBCode

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:19 pm
by BrianMac
Joe Ross wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:20 pm
Unfortunately, it's impossible to type the coding as an explanation or an example, as the typed coding will create the feature rather than allow you to see the coding.
The button on the dashboard </> is meant to solve this. You can use it to display code.

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[b]It doesn't appear as bold[/b].