About that "You can use BBCode in your post" statement.

MorashtakMorashtak Member, Braver of Worlds
edited May 1 in Support & FAQ
Disclaimer; This is a list of functioning and non-functioning BBCode elements, not a complaint rant. Use the codes at your own risk.

What is BBCode? Bulletin Board Code is a lightweight markup language used to format posts in many message boards.

Note - The link to Wikipedia is a bit misleading as not all features are incorporated (ed. - yet?).

What is it's purpose? It is designed as a lightweight markup language that is used to enhance discussions on forums. It is not designed to be as deep or full featured as document software (Word, etc) nor as an HTML (webpage) editor.

Why use these features? Long posts can easily turn into walls of text that quickly turn off the reader (ed. - as could easily happen with this missive). Using the features already available on the menu bar above can help highlight words and sections to help draw attention to key points. Using different colors can be used to mark the start of a new paragraph or idea.

How to use the features on the menu as well as hidden features;

The first three are Bold (Ctrl-b), Italicized (Ctrl-i), and Strikethrough (Ctrl-s). Mousing over and highlighting then selecting the feature is the obvious method but keyboard shortcuts work as well.

Lists, both numbered and bulleted;
  1. Numbered 1
  2. Numbered 2
  3. Numbered 3
  4. Numbered 4
  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
  • Bullet 3
  • Bullet 4
Note - There will be times the Preview function does not allow you to see them formatted properly. Posting and then editing the post should work, tho'.

The paragraph symbol provides a drop down menu for;
  • Quote; adds selective quotes to your reply (rather than the entire posts which can be quite annoying).
  • Code; for posting code to show example formatting.
  • Spoiler; a nice feature which is used during discussions where you want people to participate but not necessarily go into details for all to see.
Mouse over and highlight text then choose a command - No Shortcuts appear to be available.

Emoji's - Nothing to add here tho' the Vanilla Forums seems to include many more than what we see on the drop down menu (not that I'm asking for them :* ).

URL link feature;
Here we can add an URL all by itself such as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBCode or we can link it to a word or phrase
[url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBCode"]Bulletin Board Code[/url]

The Image feature is pretty straight forwarded and combined with the "Left-", "Center-", and "Right-" aligned text options allows one to add an image into the signature block as well as align it as they chose to.

What are the "hidden" features that are available but not on the menu bar?
After much research and experimentation a few items have been discovered;

Colors - Highlight your text by using the "color" command. Either a name or a hex value will work.

Example;
The name "lightsalmon";
[color=lightsalmon]This is Light Salmon[/color]
will give you;
This is Light Salmon

Or you could use Hex Code instead;
[color=#FFA07A]This is Light Salmon[/color]
resulting in;
This is Light Salmon

Here is a list tho' please note that not all color names or codes will work. Also, some colors will be either too dark in the "nighttime" mode or too light in the "normal" mode on this and other forums. Use colors that are close to the middle of the visible spectrum.

Underlined text
The "u" code;
[u]This is underlined text[/u]
will give you;
This is underlined text


What are some of the BBCode commands not available?
There are a few not available at this time (or I could simply could not get any combination to work correctly) and while some could be annoying others are quite useful;

Tables;
[table]
[tr]
  [td]table cell 1[/td]
  [td]table cell 2[/td]
[/tr]
[tr]
  [td]table cell 3[/td]
  [td]table cell 4[/td]
[/tr]
[/table]

Should look more like this with cell walls;
table cell 1 table cell 2
table cell 3 table cell 4

But unfortunately are rendered as such;


table cell 1
table cell 2


table cell 3
table cell 4



Font Size and Header size;
While these commands can be abused in the most annoying of ways the use of slightly larger and smaller fonts sizes can greatly help to differentiate paragraphs and ideas as well as let the reader know what is the main point(s) and what are lesser or supporting point(s).
Commands could simply be [size=%] with 100 being normal and only going down to 50 (half-size) and up to 200 (double size).
Header (H1, H2, and H3) could be limited in font sizes.

After much experimentation;
[size=1]Font Size 1[/size], [size=2]Font Size 2[/size], [size=3]Font Size 3[/size]
only results in;
Font Size 1, Font Size 2, Font Size 3
Even +1, 9, 9pt, and the like do not seem to work in any combination.

Font Style
It appears that we are not able to change the font type at this time.
[font=Georgia]This is Georgia font.[/font]
only results in;
This is Georgia font.
Limiting this command to a few fonts while not allowing Comic Sans, Wing Dings, and other annoying fonts could help make guides much more engaging.

In Conclusion;
Use these commands to highlight your ideas but do not overuse them as to be intentionally annoying.
Should you find any commands or any other combinations to work please add them below.


Thank you for reading this,
Morashtak Ironarm
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Comments

  • NagashNagash Member, Leader of Men
    Thank you for this @Morashtak
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  • autumnleafautumnleaf Member, Braver of Worlds
    This thing kept me somewhat intrigued so thanks c:
  • MorashtakMorashtak Member, Braver of Worlds
    These are most of the colors available, tho' not all of them are readable Ex. black(black).

    lightsalmon
    salmon
    darksalmon
    lightcoral
    indianred
    crimson
    firebrick
    red
    darkred
    coral
    tomato
    orangered
    gold
    orange
    darkorange
    lightyellow
    lemonchiffon
    lightgoldenrodyellow
    papayawhip
    moccasin
    peachpuff
    palegoldenrod
    khaki
    darkkhaki
    yellow
    lawngreen
    chartreuse
    limegreen
    lime
    forestgreen
    green
    darkgreen
    greenyellow
    yellowgreen
    springgreen
    mediumspringgreen
    lightgreen
    palegreen
    darkseagreen
    mediumseagreen
    seagreen
    olive
    darkolivegreen
    olivedrab
    lightcyan
    cyan
    aqua
    aquamarine
    mediumaquamarine
    paleturquoise
    turquoise
    mediumturquoise
    darkturquoise
    lightseagreen
    cadetblue
    darkcyan
    teal
    powderblue
    lightblue
    lightskyblue
    skyblue
    deepskyblue
    lightsteelblue
    dodgerblue
    cornflowerblue
    steelblue
    royalblue
    blue
    mediumblue
    darkblue
    navy
    midnightblue
    mediumslateblue
    slateblue
    darkslateblue
    lavender
    thistle
    plum
    violet
    orchid
    fuchsia
    magenta
    mediumorchid
    mediumpurple
    blueviolet
    darkviolet
    darkorchid
    darkmagenta
    purple
    indigo
    pink
    lightpink
    hotpink
    deeppink
    palevioletred
    mediumvioletred
    white
    snow
    honeydew
    mintcream
    azure
    aliceblue
    ghostwhite
    whitesmoke
    seashell
    beige
    oldlace
    floralwhite
    ivory
    antiquewhite
    linen
    lavenderblush
    mistyrose
    gainsboro
    lightgray
    silver
    darkgray
    gray
    dimgray
    lightslategray
    slategray
    darkslategray
    black
    cornsilk
    blanchedalmond
    bisque
    navajowhite
    wheat
    burlywood
    tan
    rosybrown
    sandybrown
    goldenrod
    peru
    chocolate
    saddlebrown
    sienna
    brown
    maroon

    Unfortunately "sandlewood" is not an available option that could be restricted to Steven's personal use.
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