Link too long?
a link to a picture, but it's about a mile wide and throws the whole
board out of whack? Here's how you enclose it so it just shows up
as a clickable link instead of that really, really long string:
[url=http://this is your loooong url]Clickable
This will show up as just the phrase, with the link attached to it.
Alternately you want to use the handy tool provided at tiny url to create a very short link
that will redirect to your long link.
Simple Tags for Text
Most message boards "out there" including our own, will use square
brackets [ ] but you may occasionally find those that use the
To create a tag that makes your words look bold, italic or whatever,
you will need one at the beginning of the word/phrase and one at the
end of it.
beginning one has a bracketed instruction [boing] and the
ending one tells it to stop whatever that instruction is by using a
slash /, like this [/boing] Tags may be layered like an
onion, just be sure to close all the ones you started. [boing][gasp]
The two halves of the tag must match to work.
[i]lembas[/i] = lembas
[b]foothair[/b] = foothair
Sizes: These use h
and a number saying how big it should be.
[h1]Ow![/h1] will look like
Here is a useful
page by Redbeard about this, and other tricks. You may use color= and
the name of the color, such as [color=blue] for blue. Some boards
may use "font color" instead of just "color."
[u]Bungo[/u] = Bungo
SauronAnd yes, blink makes
it , and marquee makes it scroll by but
there are some codes that frankly are irritating to everyone else and
shouldn't be commonly used, as it makes your text
resemble a pop-up ad. Never
put a link in a marquee unless you want your friends to put rubber
spiders down your back in revenge. It forces the person to chase the
link across the page in a moving scroll, trying to click on it like a
[img]http://url for your image[/img] = a picture!
Remember to resize
your images before you put them in a post - if they are really huge
they'll throw boundries for the entire forum off and take forever for
others to load and see. Keep them small!
Handy-Dandy Guide for
Using Alternate Characters
(thank you, Frodo Baggins!)
It's quite simple. There's a number code for each letter with
appropriate dashes/dots/whatever, and all you do is hold down "Alt"
while typing in the combination on the numberpad . Make sure you have
num lock on, and as soon as you release Alt the letter will be there!
Copy and paste these directions to someplace safe.
Also (thanks Dr. G) here is a printable
(Greek letters and math symbols are between 224 and
250 · (small bullet)
"If you are using Microsoft Word, choose "insert" then "symbols" to
access a table of characters you can choose from." - Lindorie