We’ll extensively use [ and ], called brackets, in this article, so make sure you know where they are on your keyboard.
Tags are [ color ], [ size ], etc. anything used to modify the text you’re typing.
To avoid the tags modifying the text, we’ll use spaces before and after the brackets to keep them from doing that. When you are utilising tags, spaces are NEVER used next to brackets. Just change [ tag ] to [tag], or whatever tag you’re doing.
“text” will denote where you should put what you want to be modified. Just copy and paste the whole example, highlight the word text, and start typing.
Closing Tags:“Closing a tag” means using the little slash at the end ( [ /B ], [ /I ], etc.) to end the effect of the tag. We used to have to close each and every tag to get them to function properly. Now, the tag will continue to affect text as long as it’s not closed. This way, if you want all your text will be blue, you’d just type “[ color=blue ]text” and you’d be fine.
Signatures or Sigs: To make these, click on the “My Profile” link at the top and then on the left side “Edit Preferences”. Anything you do in a post, you can do in a sig. Remember that your maximum length is 500 characters, which includes everything you type, even spaces. There’s also a height restriction, so if your sig is too long vertically (up and down), part of it will be cut off. If this happens, delete some lines out of it.
Default Font: This can be accessed on the same page as sigs. Below where you write your sig, it says “Forum Font Options”. You can set your font, color, and size as you want them to be displayed each time you post.
Bold, Italic, and Underlined text: Just take the first letter of each typeface (B for bold, I for italics, and U for underlining) and put it in brackets. Examples:
Bold: [ B ]text[ /B ] ---- text
Italics: [ I ]text[ /I ] ---- text
Underlining: [ U ]text[ /U ] ---- text
If you want to use a combination of these tags, simply type them one after another. When you close the tags, it doesn’t matter which order you type the closings in.
Ex: [ B ][ I ]text[ /B ][ /I ] ---- text
Size, Font, and Color
Size: We have seven choices here. Small (1), Default, Medium (2), Large (3), Huge (4), Even Bigger (5), Bigger Still (6), and Biggest (7).
Small: [ SIZE=1 ]text[ /SIZE ] ---- text
Default: This what the text will be if you don’t use a size tag. 1.5, I guess.
Medium: [ SIZE=2 ]text[ /SIZE ---- text
Large: [ SIZE=3 ]text[ /SIZE ] ---- text
Huge: [ SIZE=4 ]text[ /SIZE ] ---- text
Even Bigger: [ SIZE=5 ]text[ /SIZE ] ---- text
Bigger Still: [ SIZE=6 ]text[ /SIZE ] ---- text
Biggest: [ SIZE=7 ]text[ /SIZE ] ---- text
7 and 1 are the limits. It won’t get any bigger or smaller, respectively, after that.
Color: We have 25 color choices to choose from. Yes, I’ll demonstrate them all. Remember, default is black.
Sky Blue: [ COLOR= skyblue ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Royal Blue: [ COLOR= royalblue ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Blue: [ COLOR= blue ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Dark Blue: [ COLOR= darkblue ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Orange: [ COLOR= orange ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Orange Red: [ COLOR= orangered ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Crimson: [ COLOR= crimson ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Red: [ COLOR= red ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Firebrick: [ COLOR= firebrick ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Dark Red: [ COLOR= darkred ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Green: [ COLOR= green ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Lime Green: [ COLOR= limegreen ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Sea Green: [ COLOR= seagreen ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Deep Pink: [ COLOR= deeppink ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Tomato: [ COLOR= tomato ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Coral: [ COLOR= coral ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Purple: [ COLOR= purple ]text[ /COLOR ] ----
Indigo: [ COLOR= indigo ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Burlywood: [ COLOR= burlywood ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Sandy Brown: [ COLOR= sandybrown ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Sienna: [ COLOR= sienna ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Chocolate: [ COLOR= chocolate ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Teal: [ COLOR= teal ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
Silver: [ COLOR= silver ]text[ /COLOR ] ---- text
As with fonts, you can use other colors, but they may not be supported.
Background Colors: Your text can have a different background color. I’m not going to show them all, as they’re the same as with text colors.
[ BGCOLOR=green ]text[ /BGCOLOR ] ---- text
Font: There are four different font choices. The default is Arial.
Arial: [ FONT=arial ]text[ /FONT ] ---- text
Times New Roman: [ FONT=times new roman ]text[ /FONT ] ---- text
Courier New: [ FONT=courier new ]text[ /FONT ] ---- text
Century Gothic: [ FONT=century gothic ]text[ /FONT ] ---- text
You can use other fonts, but they may not display right on others’ screens. Each font has a file it needs to be displayed properly. Without the file, you won’t see the effects of the font. The four listed will always be shown correctly, but others may not.
Hyperlinks: You can input hyperlinks and email addresses.
Hyperlinks: There are two kinds of hyperlinks. One shows the raw URL (web address), and the other shows text that you can click that will take you to the address. Note that you have to have http:// in front of your web address, or otherwise it won’t point to the correct site. (www.something.com would not work).
Raw URL: [ URL ]http://www.something.com[ /URL ] ---- http://www.something.com
Text replacing URL: [ URL=http://www.something.com ]Click here.[ /URL ] ---- Click here.
If you want to modify the text your link shows: [ URL=http://www.something.com ][ COLOR=red ]Click here.[ /COLOR ][ /URL ] ---- Click here.
You can use any tag to modify your link. They’ll all work.
Profile Links: You can also link to someone’s profile without having to link the URL. It’s the same way as with hyperlinks; you can either have the username as the link, or mask it.
[ USER ]egloskerry [ /USER ] ---- egloskerry
[ USER=egloskerry ]Our creator[ /USER ] ---- Our creator
AIM: Some people have links to send an IM to their AIM screen name. This is done through combining the HTTP tag and an AIM command. Note that the person will have to be signed onto AIM for this to work.
To just open an IM to a screen name: [ URL=aim:goim?screenname=coolbuddy ]Hey, IM me.[ /URL ] ---- Hey, IM me.
To open an IM to a screen name with a pre typed message: [ URL=aim:goim?screenname=coolbuddy&message=Hi ]Hey, IM me.[ /URL ] ---- Hey, IM me.
You can change the message being sent by replacing “Hi” with whatever you want.
If your screen name or IM message have spaces in them, you have to replace the spaces with +. So “Cool Buddy” would become “Cool+Buddy” and “Hey you’re cute” would become “Hey+you’re+cute”.
Quotes: The last topic is quotes. When you wanna reply to someone specifically and you don’t think just typing your response is enough, use a quote. These are especially useful in large threads where there are a lot of people talking and it’s hard to communicate with one person.
[ QUOTE ]I think George Bush sucks[ /QUOTE ] ----
Then you would type your response after that.
You can also quote directly. To do this, look on the user status bar above the users’ post. It will say their screen name, how long they’ve been a member, stuff like that. There’s a blue link that says “Quote Post”. Just click that, and start typing your response when the page loads.
Some of you will wonder how to do the little hearts and whatnot (ie. Y). That’s a certain font. You can use either wingdings or webdings for a plethora of symbols.
[ FONT=webdings ]text[ /FONT ]: text
By the way, the heart is a capital Y in webdings.