Greetings and welcome to my comprehensive guide to BBcodes! This guide is aimed at as many people as possible so while there may be stuff here you already know, there might also be something you didn't know so onwards we go...
This guide will be split in to a number of sections which are as follows:
- Introduction (this first post which you are currently reading).
- Basic BBcodes.
- Advanced BBcodes.
What are BBcodes?
BBcode is the short hand name of Bulletin Board code and simply put they are special "tags" which the forum recognizes and coverts in to HTML code and allows users to do many things like bolding text, underling text, colouring text and many more. Now you may be thinking "why not just let people use HTML tags" and this is a valid point however, there is a very good reason. Allowing users to directly insert HTML code is a major security risk to the forum and as a result virtually every forum you come across will have HTML codes disabled for this reason. BBcodes presents a way for users to add things to the their posts and make them look nice and neat without running the risk of somebody inserting nasty HTML code.
So how do I use these special BBcode tags?
This is very simple whenever you make a post you will have a editing box which has the options at the top of it, if you don't then press the "Advanced" button in the bottom right corner (only applicable when editing an existing post) and it will give you the more advanced editor which has the following:
Many BBcodes can be combined together with great effect giving you even more options for customizing your posts/threads, just play around with the options and see what works
Generally speaking this should cover all possible BBcodes available unless the forum administrators have added custom codes and not included an icon for them but that is something else entirely . Many users (myself included) simply type out the BBcode since it is faster than finding the right icon to click thanks to years of practice. Please note that not all forums will have the same codes since forum software varies greatly (here we are using vBulletin v4.x) though the codes may be similar.
The next 2 posts consists of a (hopefully) comprehensive list of all the BBcodes which are currently usable here at the DDO forums for easy reference and so as you can see how something will look like in advance, if I have missed any then please let me know and I will add them