text formatting: links, smilies, etc

by site administrator on 10 May 08 at 21:18 in help
This page lists the special formatting and facilities which are available in every comment / post / message box on the system:

(in this section, what you should type in the text box is shown like this)

links

[345] where 345 is the page id (the number in the url)

or [345 link text]

or [http://blah.com/whatever link text]

or just http://whatever.com

smilies

  • smile :) or :-)
    • laugh :D or :-D
    • razz :P or :-P or :p or :-p
    • rage :C or :-C or :c or :-c
    • wink ;) or ;-)
    • indifferent :I or :-I or :| or :-|
    • rolleye 8-)
    • confused :-/ or :\\ or :-\\ or :Q or :-Q
    • question :?
    • exclaim :!
    • sad :( or :-(
    • : cry :< or :-<
    • shocked :O or :-O or :o or :-o
    • : evil :> or :->
    • cool B) or B-)
    • love :X or :-X or :x or :-x or []
    • innocent O:) or O:-)
    • blush :* or :-*

quotes

use < and > to quote text, like this:

<this is quoted text> gives this is quoted text

With this method, you can quote several lines or paragraphs together.

Another method is to start a line or paragraph with >:

>this is quoted text

will give

this is quoted text

This quotes only the immediate line or paragraph following the >.

headers

start the line beneath a heading with --- or ===

tables

start line with | and separate the columns with |

|A|B|C
|one|two|three

will look like this:

ABC
onetwothree

lists

start each item line with - or #

- item 1
- item 2
- item 3

gives:
  • item 1
  • item 2
  • item 3

# item 1
# item 2
# item 3

gives:
  1. item 1
  2. item 2
  3. item 3

You can nest lists within lists, using indentation (spaces before the start character).

styles

character effect
_ underline
~ italic
^ bold
* strong
+ big
% small

style whole lines or paragraphs by starting them with style characters:


_ underlined paragraph gives:
underlined paragraph

~ italic para :
italic para

^ bold para :
bold para

* strong para :
strong para

+ big para :
big para

% small para :
small para

+* big and strong combined :
big and strong combined

style individual words by prefixing them with style characters:


style one word like +this or +this+ :
style one word like this or this

+^ combine a big bold para with a ~word in italics :
combine a big bold para with a word in italics
+*~ big strong italic para with %small word :
big strong italic para with small word
here are %^small_bold words and +~big_italic words :
here are small bold words and big italic words

you can *style_several_words_by_joining_them_with_underlines :
you can style several words by joining them with underlines

or they can be ^joined^with^styles ~like~this :
or they can be joined with styles like this

every word ^style or ^%style_combination must have a space before it :
every word style or style combination must have a space before it
otherwise they%remain%visible :
otherwise they%remain%visible

* paragraph styles must not have any spaces before them, or we see the style characters rather than the style.


The asterix can still be used conventionally*, as can the % as in 100%.

Any style character: _ ~ ^ * + % can still be used as that character, if it has spaces before and after it.

% * with spaces before and after the asterix, we can still have a conventional footnote (styled small, in this case) :
* with spaces before and after the asterix, we can still have a conventional footnote (styled small, in this case)

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