BBcode help information

BBcode is short for Bulletin Board code. It is a markup language that can be used by forum users to format their messages. This help page describes what BBcode can be used on this forum.

Bold text: [b]...[/b]
Underlined text: [u]...[/u]
Italic text: [i]...[/i]
Striked through text: [s]...[/s]

By using these tags, you can apply styles to pieces of text. Examples:

[b]This text is bold[/b]
[u]This text is underlined[/u]
[i]This text is italic[/i]
[s]This text is striked through[/s]
[b][i]This text[/i] is [s]mixet[/s] mixed[/b]


These will be displayed as:

This text is bold
This text is italic
This text is underlined
This text is striked through
This text is mixet mixed

Superscript: [sup]...[/sup]
Subscript: [sub]...[/sub]

By using these tags, you can print a piece of text using subscript or superscript. This is for example useful for things like "24 = 16" or "H2O". Example:

[sup]superscript[/sup] normal [sub]subscript[/sub]

This will be displayed as:

superscript normal subscript

Font color: [color=...]...[/color]

This tag can be used for applying a color to a piece of text. The color has to be a valid HTML color code (e.g. "blue", "red", "#ff0000", "#888", etc.). Example:

Who is afraid of [color=red]red[/color], [color=#eeaa00]yellow[/color] and [color=#30f]blue[/color]?

This will be displayed as:

Who is afraid of red, yellow and blue?

Font size: [size=...]...[/size]

This tag can be used for resizing a piece of text. The size has to be a valid HTML size indication (e.g. "12px", "small", "large", etc.). Example:

[size=x-small]It[/size] [size=small]looks[/size] [size=medium]like[/size] [size=large]I'm[/size] [size=x-large]growing![/size]

This will be displayed as:

It looks like I'm growing!

Center text: [center]...[/center]

You can use this for centering a piece of text on the center of the screen. Example:

[center]I'm right in the middle of it all[/center]

This will be displayed as:

I'm right in the middle of it all

Link an image from the web: [img]...[/img]
Link to a website: [url]...[/url] or [url=...]...[/url]
Link to an email address [email]...[/email]

These are all tags for linking web resources. Here are some examples:

[img]http://www.somesite.com/cool/thumbsup.gif[/img]
[url]http://www.phorum.org[/url]
[url=http://www.phorum.org]Visit Phorum.org![/url]
[email]someuser@somesite.com[/email]


These will be displayed as:

[www.phorum.org]
Visit Phorum.org!
someuser@somesite.com

Monospaced, formatted code: [code]...[/code]

Sometimes, you might have things like ASCII art, programming code, guitar TABs, etc., which you want to put in your message. For those cases, you can use the [code] tag. Example:
[code]
 _____  _                                
|  __ \| |                               
| |__) | |__   ___  _ __ _   _ _ __ ___  
|  ___/| '_ \ / _ \| '__| | | | '_ ` _ \ 
| |    | | | | (_) | |  | |_| | | | | | |
|_|    |_| |_|\___/|_|   \__,_|_| |_| |_|
[/code]
Without the [code] around it, this would look totally scrambled, like:

_____ _
| __ \| |
| |__) | |__ ___ _ __ _ _ _ __ ___
| ___/| '_ \ / _ \| '__| | | | '_ ` _ \
| | | | | | (_) | | | |_| | | | | | |
|_| |_| |_|\___/|_| \__,_|_| |_| |_|

But with the [code] around it, it looks like:
  _____  _                                
 |  __ \| |                               
 | |__) | |__   ___  _ __ _   _ _ __ ___  
 |  ___/| '_ \ / _ \| '__| | | | '_ ` _ \  
 | |    | | | | (_) | |  | |_| | | | | | |
 |_|    |_| |_|\___/|_|   \__,_|_| |_| |_|

Quoted text: [quote]...[/quote] or [quote=...]...[/color]

If you want to add some quote to your message, you can use this tag. You can choose whether you want to include the name of the person that you quote or not. Examples:

[quote]Phorum is the best![/quote]
[quote=From Hamlet, by William Shakespeare]
To be or not to be, --that is the question:--
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
[/quote]


These will be displayed as:

Quote:
Phorum is the best!
Quote:
From Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
To be or not to be, --that is the question:--
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?

Add a horizontal separator line: [hr]

To add a separator line to your message, you can use [hr]. This will look like:
This is mainly useful for adding structure to very long messages.