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Old 13 Oct 2004, 03:05   #1 (permalink)
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For those who don't have the slightest idea on how to do this: Bold or create links to stuff then this thread is for you.

BOLD TYPE

If you do something like thisin your posts...
Code:
Some text here, Bold text
You'll get this:
Some text here, Bold text

Note the important bits: the and These are called tags and whatever they enclose will be bold.

ITALIC TYPE

If you do something like this in your posts...
Code:
Some text here, Some italic text
You'll get this:
Some text here, Some italic text

Assuming that you've got the idea of the bold tags italics are the same, just using the tags.

UNDERLINE TYPE

These are pretty much the same as bold and italics, but using these tags:
Code:
Some more text
MIXED FORMATTING

Now this might seem a little strange, but you can combine the tags for certain things to create effects, for example, bold and italic text or bold and underlined text.

This is quite easy to do since all you have to do is "nest" those tags. Nesting is what happens when you put one tag in another tag. For example:
Code:
Some Text
Will give you this:
Some Text

LINKS
There are two ways to create links on the forums. The first is probably the most straight forward to do and looks like this:
That'll give you something like this:
URL goes here and must the be full address

The second way is a little more complex but some find it looks better in most posts and the line for that is:
Which will look like this
Link text that will appear to the other members

In my next installment... Tables and how to create them are but hopefully you'll find it easy to do with this guide.
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Old 13 Oct 2004, 06:27   #2 (permalink)
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STRIKE THROUGH

Code:
Some text here, striked-through(ed) text
You'll get this:
Some text here, strike-through(ed) text

[hr]
theres a few other things you can experiment with, its simple to do, just type some text, highlight it, then click the appropriate symbol above the message text box(when your in full reply mode, not quick reply - if you in quick reply, click preview and it will take you to the full message mode)

Other options/effects include: Glowing text, Shadows, Moving text, text alignment (preformatted, left, center, right) font size/face/color, flash, images, email links, ftp link, tables, superscript, subscript, teletype, code, quote, lists etc.

TABLES

This can be a relatively simple or hard thing to do, depending on prior knowledge and experience.
Code:
[table][/table]
are the main tags you use to show that you want to make a table. any table code is placed inbetween the two table start/end tags.
Now, think of you table as a grid. if you want to put something in the first row, you have to make a new row first.
this can be done by adding
Code:
[tr][/tr]
inbetween the table tags. these tags themselves only symbolise the rows.
to add content, you need cells
a cell is shown by
Code:
[td][/td]
any content goes inbetween those two tags.

Now, to put something on the third column of the first row, you must have 2 cells before it for the first and second column cells.
the same goes for everything underneath it. e.g.
[hr]
[table][tr][td]first column/first row[/td][td][/td][td]3rd column/1st row (2nd column empty, but still has a cell)[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][/td][td]2nd column/2nd row. 1st/3rd cells empty[/td][td][/td][/tr][/table]
[hr]
forum tables are meant to be simple. as a result, features such as table borders and cell spanning are not available (table borders can be visible if defined in stylesheet, however this affects every single table)

HORIZONTAL RULE
You might have seen this above:
Quote:
[hr]
What it is is an horizontal rule, pretty much a line that goes straight accross the width of the post. pretty useful for separating things in your posts. the tag button looks like this "<--->" and the tag is [ hr ] (without the spaces between the brackets)
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Next installment: Tables

TABLES

Tables have a number of advantages. For example. If your posting profiles for home-made units or you want stuff to line up correctly.* Some of you are trying to do it with spaces like this:
* * * * * * * * Points* *WS* *BS* S* *T* *W* * I* *A* *Ld* * *Sv
Unit Type* n/a* * * *4* * * 2* * 8* * 3* *1* * 2* *1* *10* * *5+
Now these don't match up exactly do they? But these do:
[table][tr][td][/td][td]Points[/td][td]WS[/td][td]BS[/td][td]S[/td][td]T[/td][td]W[/td][td]I[/td][td]A[/td][td]Ld[/td][td]Sv[/td][/tr][tr][td]Unit Type[/td][td]n/a[/td][td]4[/td][td]2[/td][td]8[/td][td]3[/td][td]1[/td][td]2[/td][td]1[/td][td]10[/td][td]5+[/td][/tr][/table]
Now a table consists of three different types of tags.
Code:
[table][tr][td]
The first one [table] tags tells Tau Online that the next bit is a table. The [tr] means that theres a row and the [td] means theres table data.
Below is an example table that has one row and one cell of table data.
Code:
[table]
* [tr]
* * [td]Some information[/td]
* [/tr]
[/table]
and will look like this:
[table]
* [tr]
* * [td]Some information[/td]
* [/tr]
[/table]
Now if you want more cells of table data, you insert more [td] tags between the [tr] tags like this:
Code:
[table]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 1[/td]
* * [td]Cell 2[/td]
* * [td]Cell 3[/td]
* [/tr]
[/table]
which will show this:
[table]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 1[/td]
* * [td]Cell 2[/td]
* * [td]Cell 3[/td]
* [/tr]
[/table]
Now then, if you want more table rows, insert more table rows like this table with three columns and three rows.
Code:
[table]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 1[/td]
* * [td]Cell 2[/td]
* * [td]Cell 3[/td]
* [/tr]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 4[/td]
* * [td]Cell 5[/td]
* * [td]Cell 6[/td]
* [/tr]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 7[/td]
* * [td]Cell 8[/td]
* * [td]Cell 9[/td]
* [/tr]
[/table]
that will show like this:
[table]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 1[/td]
* * [td]Cell 2[/td]
* * [td]Cell 3[/td]
* [/tr]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 4[/td]
* * [td]Cell 5[/td]
* * [td]Cell 6[/td]
* [/tr]
* [tr]
* * [td]Cell 7[/td]
* * [td]Cell 8[/td]
* * [td]Cell 9[/td]
* [/tr]
[/table]
If you have ANY questions on this or anything else like this, please ask.
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This Helps a lot!!! ;D Good job guys!!! ;D
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Remember any questions about tables or anything like that feel free to ask here.
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Quick Addition:

IMAGES/IMAGE LINKS

IMAGES
Firsly images, its simple to do, firstly though, you need to host your pictures somewhere, like photobucket
If your using photobucket, in account options, make sure 'display urls' and 'display IMG' are set to yes..

to insert it into your post:

either
- click the image bb button - or type [ img] [/img ] (without the spaces), then insert the URL inbetween the tags, or
- copy the IMG part straight into your post..

the end result would be something like:
Code:
IMAGE LINKS
Insert an image, put [ url ] tags around it.. e.g.
Code:
(note - for the URLHERE part, make sure u include the http:// part :P)

Note: You need to host your picture files somewhere! sign up on http://www.photobucket.com upload your picture, and copy the html line or the image tag line (if you cant see these, go to options and enable it) into your post here.
for temporary storage, you can just upload to http://imageshack.us/ ..
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If we missed something here, its most likely listed here:
http://www.forums.tauonline.org/Them...g.english.html (the forums documentation)
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I'm finding the section on tables isn't working for me.... Not showing up correctly. Also I find myself wondering a bit about lists? Please? Anyone?
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I'm finding the section on tables isn't working for me.... Not showing up correctly. Also I find myself wondering a bit about lists? Please? Anyone?
What browser are you using? How do you mean they aren't showing up correctly?

[table]
[tr][td]Test[/td][td]Test[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]1[/td][td]2[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]3[/td][td]4[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]5[/td][td]6[/td][/tr]
[/table]

Does that show up correctly? As for lists, the code's syntax is like so:

[nobbc]
  • List item #1
  • List item #2
[/nobbc]

Which would create:
  • List item #1
  • List item #2
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Ah, cheers. It was just a bit confusing cos FT's done...










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