BB Code

Explanation

BB code is a set of tags based on the HTML language that you may already be familiar with. They allow you to add formatting to your messages in the same way as HTML does, but have a simpler syntax and will never break the layout of the pages you are viewing. The ability to use BB code is set on a forum-by-forum basis by the administrator, so you should check the forum rules when you post a new message.

Below is a list of the BB code tags you can use to format your messages.

BB Code List

  1. Bold / Italic / Underline
  2. Color
  3. Size
  4. Font
  5. Highlight
  6. Left / Right / Center
  7. Indent
  8. Email Linking
  9. URL Hyperlinking
  10. Thread Linking
  11. Post Linking
  12. Bulleted Lists / Advanced Lists
  13. Images
  14. Videos
  15. Code
  16. PHP Code
  17. HTML Code
  18. Quote
  19. Stop BB Code Parsing
  20. Attachment
  21. Anchor
  22. Fieldset
  23. Float Left
  24. Float Right
  25. Horizontal Rule
  26. Jump
  27. Legend
  28. PreFormatted Text
  29. Strikethrough
  30. Spoiler
  31. Subscript
  32. Superscript
  33. Monospace/TeleType Font
  34. User
  35. Vimeo
  36. TAO Wiki
  37. Wikipedia
  38. Youtube
Incorrect BB Code Usage:
  • [url] www.example.com [/url] - don't put spaces between the bracketed code and the text you are applying the code to.
  • [email]myname@domain.com[email] - the end brackets must include a forward slash ([/email])

Bold / Italic / Underline

The [b], [i] and [u] tags allow you to create text that is bold, italic and underlined.

    • [b]value[/b]
    • [i]value[/i]
    • [u]value[/u]
    Usage
    • [b]this text is bold[/b]
    • [i]this text is italic[/i]
    • [u]this text is underlined[/u]
    Example Usage
    • this text is bold
    • this text is italic
    • this text is underlined
    Example Output

Color

The [color] tag allows you to change the color of your text.

  • [color=Option]value[/color]
    Usage
  • [color=blue]this text is blue[/color]
    Example Usage
  • this text is blue
    Example Output

Size

The [size] tag allows you to change the size of your text.

  • [size=Option]value[/size]
    Usage
  • [size=+2]this text is two sizes larger than normal[/size]
    Example Usage
  • this text is two sizes larger than normal
    Example Output

Font

The [font] tag allows you to change the font of your text.

  • [font=Option]value[/font]
    Usage
  • [font=courier]this text is in the courier font[/font]
    Example Usage
  • this text is in the courier font
    Example Output

Left / Right / Center

The [left], [right] and [center] tags allow you to change the alignment of your text.

    • [left]value[/left]
    • [center]value[/center]
    • [right]value[/right]
    Usage
    • [left]this text is left-aligned[/left]
    • [center]this text is center-aligned[/center]
    • [right]this text is right-aligned[/right]
    Example Usage
  • this text is left-aligned
    this text is center-aligned
    this text is right-aligned
    Example Output

Indent

The [indent] tag allows you to indent your text.

  • [indent]value[/indent]
    Usage
  • [indent]this text is indented[/indent]
    Example Usage
  • this text is indented
    Example Output

Email Linking

The [email] tag allows you to link to an email address. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

    • [email]value[/email]
    • [email=Option]value[/email]
    Usage
    • [email]j.doe@example.com[/email]
    • [email=j.doe@example.com]Click Here to Email Me[/email]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

URL Hyperlinking

The [url] tag allows you to link to other websites and files. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

Thread Linking

The [thread] tag allows you to link to threads by specifying the thread id. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

Post Linking

The [post] tag allows you to link to posts by specifying the post id. You can include an optional parameter to 'name' your link.

Bulleted Lists

The [list] tag allows you to create simple, bulleted lists without specifying an option. Within the value portion, each bullet is denoted by the [*] tag.

  • [list]value[/list]
    Usage
  • [list]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]
    Example Usage
    • list item 1
    • list item 2
    Example Output

Advanced Lists

The [list] tag allows you to create advanced lists by specifying an option. The option should have a value of 1 (for a numbered list) or A (for an alphabetic with capital letters list) or a (for an alphabetic with lowercase letters list) or I (for a numbered with capital Roman numeral list) or i (for a numbered with small Roman numeral list).

  • [list=Option]value[/list]
    Usage
  • [list=1]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]

    [list=A]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]

    [list=a]
    [*]list item 1
    [*]list item 2
    [/list]
    Example Usage
    1. list item 1
    2. list item 2
    1. list item 1
    2. list item 2
    1. list item 1
    2. list item 2
    Example Output

Images

The [img] tag allows you to embed images within your posts. You can also combine this tag with the [url] tag to make images become links.

  • [img]value[/img]
    Usage
    • [img]http://tech-artists.org/forum/cpstyles/darkvision/statusicon/forum_new-48.png[/img] (Not linked)
    • [url=http://www.example.com] [img]http://tech-artists.org/forum/cpstyles/darkvision/statusicon/forum_new-48.png[/img] [/url] (Linked)
    Example Usage
    • (Not linked)
    • (Linked)
    Example Output

Videos

The [video] tag allows you to embed videos from various video services within your posts.

  • [video]value[/video]
    Usage
    • [video=youtube;eOUq4Z6R7xI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOUq4Z6R7xI[/video]
    Example Usage
    Example Output

Code

The [code] tag switches to a fixed-width (monospace) font and preserves all spacing.

  • [code]value[/code]
    Usage
  • [code]
    <script type="text/javascript">
    <!--
        alert("Hello world!");
    //-->
    </script>
    [/code]
    Example Usage
  • Code:
    <script type="text/javascript">
    <!--
    	alert("Hello world!");
    //-->
    </script>
    Example Output

PHP Code

The [php] tag performs the same function as the [code] tag, but also adds syntax highlighting for PHP code. Although it is designed for PHP, it may correctly highlight some other C-like languages.

  • [php]value[/php]
    Usage
  • [php]
    $myvar = 'Hello World!';
    for ($i = 0; \$i < 10; \$i++)
    {
        echo $myvar . "\n";
    }
    [/php]
    Example Usage
  • PHP Code:
    $myvar 'Hello World!';
    for (
    $i 0$i 10$i++)
    {
        echo 
    $myvar "\n";

    Example Output

HTML Code

The [html] tag allows you to perform syntax highlighting for HTML code.

  • [html]value[/html]
    Usage
  • [html]
    <img src="image.gif" alt="image" />
    <a href="testing.html" target="_blank">Testing</a>
    [/html]
    Example Usage
  • HTML Code:
    <img src="image.gif" alt="image" />
    <a href="testing.html" target="_blank">Testing</a>
    Example Output

Quote

The [quote] tag allows you to attribute text to someone else.

    • [quote]Quote[/quote]
    • [quote=User Name]value[/quote]
    Usage
    • [quote]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/quote]
    • [quote=John Doe]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/quote]
    • [quote=John Doe;31203]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/quote]
    Example Usage
    • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
    • Quote Originally Posted by John Doe
      Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
    • Quote Originally Posted by John Doe View Post
      Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
    Example Output

Highlight

The [highlight] tag allows you to emphasize your text.

  • Usage
    [highlight]value[/highlight]
  • Example Usage
    [highlight]this text is highlighted[/highlight]
  • Example Output
    this text is highlighted

Stop BB Code Parsing

The [noparse] tag allows you to stop the parsing of BB code.

  • [noparse][b]value[/b][/noparse]
    Usage
  • [noparse][b]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/b][/noparse]
    Example Usage
  • [b]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet[/b]
    Example Output

Attachment

The [attach] tag allows you to display an attachment in your post rather than at the bottom. It will only display attachments that belong to the post in which it is utilized.

  • [attach]attachmentid[/attach]
    Usage
  • [attach]12345[/attach]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Anchor

Places an anchor in a post.

  • [anchor]value[/anchor]
    Usage
  • [anchor]example[/anchor]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Fieldset

Places text in a fieldset.

  • [fieldset]value[/fieldset]
    Usage
  • [fieldset]This text is in a fieldset.[/fieldset]
    Example Usage
  • This text is in a fieldset.
    Example Output

Float Left

Floats a text or image to the left, text will word wrap around it.

  • [floatleft]value[/floatleft]
    Usage
  • this text is not floated [floatleft]this text is floated left[/floatleft]
    Example Usage
  • this text is not floated
    this text is floated left
    Example Output

Float Right

Floats text or an image to the right, text will word wrap around it.

  • [floatright]value[/floatright]
    Usage
  • [floatright]this text is floated right[/floatright] this text is not
    Example Usage
  • this text is floated right
    this text is not
    Example Output

Horizontal Rule

Creates a line with the length of the paramater specified. May take pixel values or percentages, or no value (in which case it will be 100%).

  • [hr]value[/hr]
    Usage
  • [hr]250[/hr]
    Example Usage

  • Example Output

Jump

Jumps to an anchor.

  • [jump=Option]value[/jump]
    Usage
  • [jump=example]Jump to Example[/jump]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Legend

Creates a legend for a fieldset.

  • [legend]value[/legend]
    Usage
  • [fieldset] Fieldset text[legend]Legend text[/legend][/fieldset]
    Example Usage
  • Fieldset textLegend text
    Example Output

PreFormatted Text

Preformatted text preserves spacing.

  • [pre]value[/pre]
    Usage
  • [pre]this space is preseved[/pre]
    Example Usage
  • this  space       is preseved
    Example Output

Strikethrough

Puts a line through the text.

  • [s]value[/s]
    Usage
  • [s]Strikethough[/s]
    Example Usage
  • Strikethough
    Example Output

Spoiler

Warns about and hides text.

  • [spoiler]value[/spoiler]
    Usage
  • [spoiler=Click Me]This is A Spoiler[/spoiler]
    Example Usage
  • [spoiler=Click Me]This is A Spoiler[/spoiler]
    Example Output

Subscript

Makes text into subscript.

  • [SUB]value[/SUB]
    Usage
  • Sub[sub]script[/sub]
    Example Usage
  • Subscript
    Example Output

Superscript

Makes text into Superscript.

  • [sup]value[/sup]
    Usage
  • Super[sup]script[/sup]
    Example Usage
  • Superscript
    Example Output

Monospace/TeleType Font

Uses a teletype font.

  • [tt]value[/tt]
    Usage
  • [tt]This is a monospace font.[/tt]
    Example Usage
  • This is a monospace font.
    Example Output

User

Link to a TAO User's Profile.

  • [user]value[/user]
    Usage
  • [user]Rob Galanakis[/user]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Vimeo

Embeds a vimeo video

  • [vimeo]value[/vimeo]
    Usage
  • [vimeo]31530858[/vimeo]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

TAO Wiki

Links directly to an article on the tech-artists.org wiki.

  • [w]value[/w]
    Usage
  • [w]Shaders[/w]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Wikipedia

Link directly to wikipedia articles with this shorthand instead of a full linik.

  • [wiki]value[/wiki]
    Usage
  • [wiki]Wikipedia[/wiki]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output

Youtube

Embeds a Youtube video.

  • [youtube]value[/youtube]
    Usage
  • [youtube]JFwCCL0Vh6U[/youtube]
    Example Usage
  • Example Output