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Bulletin Board Code (BBC)
Bulletin Board Code is the essential tool for formatting and changing the appearance of your post. While it affects the plain text in much the same way as the formatting tools in any word processor, the main Message field does not behave in a WYSIWYG manner, so you should preview your message if you need to see what it will look like when posted.
Smileys
While smileys can be viewed as purely whimsical in nature, they can also play a valuable role in clarifying the written word in much the same way as vocal inflections and/or facial expressions clarify the spoken word. Like most forum software, SMF provides a standard range of smiley images which can be added to posts by clicking the relevant icons or typing the relevant codes. A don't use smileys option is naturally also provided for those occasions when you don't want typed character combinations that would normally be displayed as smileys to be converted to the expected images!


Standard Bulletin Board Codes
Tag Name Button Code Output Comments
Bold Bold [b]bold[/b] bold *
Italicized Italicized [i]italicized[/i] italicized *
Underline Underline [u]underline[/u] underline *
Strikethrough Strikethrough [s]strikethrough[/s] strikethrough *
Shadow Shadow [shadow=red,left]
shadow
[/shadow]
shadow
The two attributes (eg red, left) in the 'shadow' tag are color and direction respectively.
Marquee Marquee [move]move[/move] move Not valid XHTML, but can also be used for images!
Preformatted Text Preformatted Text [pre]Simple
  Machines
    Forum[/pre]
Simple
  Machines
						Forum
Preserves critical text formatting, rendered in a monospace font.
Left Align Left Align [left]left align[/left]

left align

*
Centered Centered [center]centered[/center]
centered
*
Right Align Right Align [right]right align[/right]

right align

*
Right-to-Left * [rtl]right to left![/rtl]
right to left!
Typical usage would be to post Arabic or Hebrew in an English document.
Left-to-Right * [ltr]left to right![/ltr]
left to right!
Typical usage would be to post English in an Arabic or Hebrew document.
Horizontal Rule Horizontal Rule [hr]
*
Font Size Font Size [size=10pt]font size[/size] font size *
Font Face Font Face [font=Verdana]font face[/font] font face Only fonts installed on the user's computer will be displayed, so use with caution!
Font Color [color=Red]red[/color] red Select the color from the drop-down.
Insert Flash Insert Flash [flash=200,200]
http://somesite/somefile.swf
[/flash]
http://somesite/somefile.swf Please note that, if embedded Flash has been disabled by the forum administrator(s), the Flash file will appear as a straight hyperlink as shown here. The two attributes in the 'flash' tag (where relevant) are width and height respectively.
Insert Image Insert Image [img]
http://somesite/image.gif
[/img]
Type the width and height attributes to resize the image.
[img width=48 height=48]
http://somesite/image.gif
[/img]
Insert Hyperlink Insert Hyperlink [url]http://somesite/[/url] http://somesite/ NB the 'url' tag opens in a new window, but you can type 'iurl' tags to open in the same window.
[url=http://somesite/]
descriptive link
[/url]
descriptive link
Insert Email Insert Email [email]
someone@somesite
[/email]
someone@somesite *
Insert FTP Link Insert FTP Link [ftp]
ftp://somesite/somefile
[/ftp]
ftp://somesite/somefile *
[ftp=ftp://somesite/somefile]
descriptive link
[/ftp]
descriptive link
Insert Table Insert Table [table][/table] * No meaningful output from the 'table' tags alone.
Insert Table Row Insert Table Row [table][tr][/tr][/table] * No meaningful output from the 'table' and 'tr' tags alone.
Insert Table Column Insert Table Column [table][tr][td]
content
[/td][/tr][/table]
content
Note the correct nesting of the tags, so the 'table' tags contain the 'tr' tags, which each contain an equal number of 'td' tags!
[table][tr][td]SMF[/td]
[td]Bulletin[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Board[/td]
[td]Code[/td][/tr][/table]
SMF Bulletin
Board Code
Superscript Superscript [sup]superscript[/sup] superscript *
Subscript Subscript [sub]subscript[/sub] subscript *
Teletype Teletype [tt]teletype[/tt] teletype Monospace font.
Insert Code Insert Code [code]<?php phpinfo(); ?>[/code]
Code:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Always use to preserve formatting of code and avoid parsing as BBC and/or smileys!
Insert Quote Insert Quote [quote]quote[/quote]
Quote
quote
Note the optional 'author' attribute.
[quote author=author]quote[/quote]
Quote from: author
quote
Insert List Insert List [list]
[li]SMF[/li]
[li]YaBB SE[/li]
[/list]
  • SMF
  • YaBB SE
While you can add as many items as you wish, each item must be contained by the correct opening and closing tags. You can also style your list item bullets with special opening tags and no closing tags, but this option doesn't currently output valid XHTML.
[list]
[o]circle
[O]circle
[0]circle
[*]disc
[@]disc
[+]square
[x]square
[#]square
[/list]
  • circle
  • circle
  • circle
  • disc
  • disc
  • square
  • square
  • square
Abbreviation * [abbr=exemlpi gratia]eg[/abbr] eg Displays the full expression for the abbreviation on mouseover.
Acronym * [acronym=Simple Machines Forum]SMF[/acronym] SMF Displays the full expression for the acronym on mouseover.
Standard Smileys
Name Image (click to insert) Code (type to insert)
Smile :)
Wink ;)
Happy :D
Grin ;D
Angry >:(
Sad :(
Shocked :o
Cool 8)
Huh ???
Roll Eyes ::)
Tongue :P
Embarrassed :-[
Lips Sealed :-X
Undecided :-\
Kiss :-*
Cry :'(
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