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The Bulletin Board software that we use for these forums contains a number of common tags to help format posts. We've used many of these tags in this forum but we've also included a few of our own. Most of these have buttons at the top of a post that automatically apply them for you. Or, you can type them in yourself! Notice that we said most. There are a few "secret" bb tags that you can type in, but are not in the UI. Uh oh. We've let you in on the secret. Let's get started.


Formatting TypeHow to Code ItWhat it looks like displayed
Strike Thru[strike]Text[/strike]Text
Fixed Width[tt]Text[/tt]Text
Color[color=red] Red[/color] Red
Size[size=9] Small[/size]Small

For the colors and sizes, suggested options are in the pull downs.

You can quote with or without a name:

[quote]Foo has a bar[/quote]

Foo has a bar

[quote=The Moose]Foo has a bar[/quote]

The Moose wrote:Foo has a bar

When you click on the quote button in a post, it automatically quotes the entire text of the post using the later format.

This is a development site. And code looks much better when there is syntax highlighting. Luckily, we support a variety of code tags. Code tags are so important that we have a wiki page just on Using Code Tags

The most common form of lists is an unordered bulleted list.

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  • You can highlight some text and then click the list button to make it a list item. Or you can can click the list button with nothing selected to be prompted to type the list content.

    There's also a secret form of list called a nested list. It doesn't work the same way as HTML so be careful. A "nested list" is more like an indented list item.


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    Embedding an image in a post is helpful (screenshot) or fun (a bear eating your code). Adding an image is easy:


    Maybe you want the image to be smaller. No problem.

    [img] width=50 height=70[/img]

    You can also add 'alt' and 'title' tags for SEO benefits.

    [img] width=50 height=70 alt="moose" title="moose on a stack of books"[/img]

    There's two formats for links. You can have just the URL or you can have a name to click on instead. There are also some special links so save you a bit of typing.

    Formatting TypeHow to Code ItWhat it looks like displayed
    Just a URL[url][/url]
    A URL with a name[url=]CodeRanch[/url]CodeRanch
    Google shortcut[google]coderanch[/google]coderanch
    JavaDoc shortcut[javadoc]coderanch[/javadoc]java.lang.ArrayList
    Wikipedia shortcut[wikipedia]doctor who[/wikipedia]doctor who

    You can embed Youtube or Vimeo videos right in the page:


    You can create a table with a border.

    |cell 1|cell 2|

    cell 1cell 2

    Horizontal Line
    This is another secret feature. You can use a hr tag to separate your post.

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