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.
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.
will become Hello
For underlining use [u][/u], for example:
becomes Good Morning
To italicise text use [i][/i], eg.
This is [i]Great![/i]
would give This is Great!
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:
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:
will generally be SMALL
will be HUGE!
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]
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.
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.
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:
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:
Go to the shops
Buy a new computer
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]
The first possible answer
The second possible answer
The third possible answer
Linking to another site phpBB BBCode supports a number of ways of creating URIs, Uniform Resource Indicators better known as the URL.
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 myArmoury.com you could use:
Additionally this forum features something called Magic Links that 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.myArmoury.com into your message will automatically lead to www.myArmoury.com being output when you view the message.
The same thing applies equally to email addresses; you can either specify an address explicitly, like:
which will output firstname.lastname@example.org or you can just type email@example.com 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:
Adding an image to a post BBCode incorporates a tag for including images in your posts.
One very important thing to remember when using this tag is that the image you want to display must already be available on the Internet (it cannot exist only on your computer, for example, unless you run a webserver!). This means it has to be hosted on some Web server somewhere on the Internet: another site, on myArmoury.com somewhere, a photo hosting site, etc.
You must first get the URL for the image you want to include. Doing this is different in each browser so you'll have to learn how to do it. In Firefox, you simply right-click on the image and choose "Copy Image Location". In Internet Explorer, you right-click and select "Copy Shortcut". This puts the URL in your computer's clipboard where you can paste it into your post.
To display an image, you must surround the image's URL pointing to the image with [img][/img] tags. For example: