Compose tips

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <img> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>

    This site allows HTML content. While learning all of HTML may feel intimidating, learning how to use a very small number of the most basic HTML "tags" is very easy. This table provides examples for each tag that is enabled on this site.

    For more information see W3C's HTML Specifications or use your favorite search engine to find other sites that explain HTML.

    Tag DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Anchors are used to make links to other pages.<a href="http://www.forum-software.org">Forum Software Reviews</a>Forum Software Reviews
    Emphasized<em>Emphasized</em>Emphasized
    Strong<strong>Strong</strong>Strong
    No help provided for tag img.
    Coded text used to show programming source code<code>Coded</code>Coded
    Unordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item<ul> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ul>
    • First item
    • Second item
    Ordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item<ol> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ol>
    1. First item
    2. Second item
    Definition lists are similar to other HTML lists. <dl> begins the definition list, <dt> begins the definition term and <dd> begins the definition description.<dl> <dt>First term</dt> <dd>First definition</dd> <dt>Second term</dt> <dd>Second definition</dd> </dl>
    First term
    First definition
    Second term
    Second definition

    Most unusual characters can be directly entered without any problems.

    If you do encounter problems, try using HTML character entities. A common example looks like &amp; for an ampersand & character. For a full list of entities see HTML's entities page. Some of the available characters include:

    Character DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Ampersand&amp;&
    Greater than&gt;>
    Less than&lt;<
    Quotation mark&quot;"
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple blank lines.
  • Syntax highlighting of source code can be enabled with the following tags:

    • Generic syntax highlighting tags: "<code>".
    • Language specific syntax highlighting tags: "<html>" for HTML source code.

    Options and tips:

    • The language for the generic syntax highlighting tags can be specified with one of the attribute(s): type, lang, language, class. The possible values are: "css" (for CSS), "drupal5" (for Drupal 5), "drupal6" (for Drupal 6), "html" (for HTML), "html4strict" (for HTML), "java" (for Java), "javascript" (for Javascript), "php" (for PHP), "python" (for Python), "ruby" (for Ruby), "sql" (for SQL), "xml" (for XML).
    • Line numbering can be enabled/disabled with the attribute "linenumbers". Possible values are: "off" for no line numbers, "normal" for normal line numbers and "fancy" for fancy line numbers (every nth line number highlighted). The start line number can be specified with the attribute "start", which implicitly enables normal line numbering. For fancy line numbering the interval for the highlighted line numbers can be specified with the attribute "fancy", which implicitly enables fancy line numbering.
    • If the source code between the tags contains a newline (e.g. immediatly after the opening tag), the highlighted source code will be displayed as a code block. Otherwise it will be displayed inline.
    • A title can be added to a code block with the attribute "title".

    Defaults:

    • Default highlighting mode for generic syntax highlighting tags: when no language attribute is specified, no syntax highlighting will be done.
    • Default line numbering: no line numbers.

    Examples:

    You typeYou get
    <code>foo = "bar";</code>Inline code with the default syntax highlighting mode.
    <code>
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    </code>
    Code block with the default syntax highlighting mode.
    <code lang="javascript" linenumbers="normal">
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    </code>
    Code block with syntax highlighting for Javascript source code
    and normal line numbers.
    <code language="javascript" start="23" fancy="7">
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    </code>
    Code block with syntax highlighting for Javascript source code,
    line numbers starting from 23
    and highlighted line numbers every 7th line.
    <html>
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    </html>
    Code block with syntax highlighting for HTML source code.
    <html start="23" fancy="7">
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    <html>
    Code block with syntax highlighting for HTML source code,
    line numbers starting from 23
    and highlighted line numbers every 7th line.
  • Quoted content can be placed between [quote] tags in order to be displayed as an indented quote. Every [quote] tag must have a corresponding [/quote] tag. For example:

    [quote]This is a simple quote.[/quote]
    is displayed as:

    Quote:
    This is a simple quote.

    Additionally, there is an optional attribute which allows quotes to specify the original author.

    [quote=Mr. Drupal]This is a quote with an attribution line.[/quote]
    is displayed as:

    Mr. Drupal wrote:
    This is a quote with an attribution line.

    Finally, multiple [quote] tags can be nested within one another. Just remember that every [quote] tag must have a corresponding [/quote] tag.

    [quote]I think she says it best...
    [quote=Ms. Quotation]This is a quote nested within another quote.[/quote]
    but you can't argue with
    [quote=Ms. Reply]The more quotes, the merrier.
    Just don't get too carried away.[/quote]
    And I have nothing more to say.[/quote]
    is displayed as:

    Quote:
    I think she says it best...
    Ms. Quotation wrote:
    This is a quote nested within another quote.
    but you can't argue with
    Ms. Reply wrote:
    The more quotes, the merrier. Just don't get too carried away.
    And I have nothing more to say.
  • If you include a textual smiley in your post (see chart below), it will be replaced by a graphical smiley.
    Smileys
    SmileyAcronyms
    :):) :-) :smile:
    :D:D :-D :lol:
    :bigsmile::bigsmile:
    ;);) ;-) :wink:
    :p:p :-p :tongue:
    :O:O :-O :shock:
    :|:| :-| :stare:
    :(:( :-( :sad:
    :~:~ :-~ :puzzled:
    :((:(( :-(( :cry:
    8)8) 8-) :cool:
    :steve::steve:
    J)J) J-) :crazy:
    :glasses::glasses:
    :party::party:
    :love::love:
    :X:X :-X :oups:
    :8):8) :8-) :shy:
    0:)0:) 0) 0:-) :innocent:
    :*:* :-* :sexy:
    |(|( \( :angry:
    :Sp:Sp :-S) :sick:
    :tired::tired:
    :santa::santa:
    :mail::mail:
    :sushi::sushi:
    :hat::hat:
    H)H) H:) H:-) :grade:
    :ghost::ghost:
    $)$) $-) :cash:
    :crown::crown:
    :davie::davie:
    S)S) S) :drunk:
    >)>) >-) :evil:
    :beer::beer:
    :star::star:
    :arrow::arrow:
    :quest::quest:
    :exmark::exmark:
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