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You've probably seen others use smilies before in e-mail messages or other bulletin
board posts. Smilies are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile
or a frown
. This bulletin board
automatically converts certain text to a graphical representation when it is
inserted between brackets . Here are the smilies that are currently
supported by The Inspector's Journal Forums:
If you use this tag: [url="linkto"]description[/url] you can add a description to the link.
Take me to [url="http://www.inspectorsjournal.com/forum/"]The Inspector's Journal Forums[/url] Outputs This:
Take me to The Inspector's Journal Forums
If you have a question [url="firstname.lastname@example.org"]E-Mail Me[/url] Outputs This:
If you have a question E-Mail Me
You can make clickable images by combining the [url="linkto"]description[/url] and [img]image_url[/img] tags
This Example: [url="http://www.inspectorsjournal.com/forum/"][img]http://www.inspectorsjournal.com/forum/images/TIJ7b.jpg[/img][/url] Outputs This:
How to format text with Bold, Italic, Quote, etc...
There are several Forum Codes you may use to change the appearance
of your text. Following is the list of codes currently available:
Bold: Enclose your text with [b] and [/b] . Example: This is [b]bold[/b] text. = This is bold text.
Italic: Enclose your text with [i] and [/i] . Example: This is [i]italic[/i] text. = This is italic text.
Underline: Enclose your text with [u] and [/u]. Example: This is [u]underline[/u] text. = This is underline text.
Aligning Text Left: Enclose your text with [left] and [/left]
Aligning Text Center: Enclose your text with [center] and [/center]
Aligning Text Right: Enclose your text with [right] and [/right]
Striking Text: Enclose your text with [s] and [/s]
Example: [s]mistake[/s] = mistake
Horizontal Rule: Place a horizontal line in your post with [hr]
Example: [hr] =
Enclose your text with [fontcolor] and [/fontcolor] Example:[red]Text[/red] = Text Example:[blue]Text[/blue] = Text Example:[pink]Text[/pink] = Text Example:[brown]Text[/brown] = Text Example:[black]Text[/black] = Text Example:[orange]Text[/orange] = Text Example:[violet]Text[/violet] = Text Example:[yellow]Text[/yellow] = Text Example:[green]Text[/green] = Text Example:[gold]Text[/gold] = Text Example:[white]Text[/white] = Text Example:[purple]Text[/purple] = Text
Headings: Enclose your text with [hnumber] and [/hn]
Font Sizes: Example:[size=1]Text[/size=1] = Text Example:[size=2]Text[/size=2] = Text Example:[size=3]Text[/size=3] = Text Example:[size=4]Text[/size=4] = Text Example:[size=5]Text[/size=5] = Text Example:[size=6]Text[/size=6] = Text
Bulleted List:[list] and [/list], and items in list with [*] and [/*].
Ordered Alpha List:[list=a] and [/list=a], and items in list with [*] and [/*].
Ordered Number List:[list=1] and [/list=1], and items in list with [*] and [/*].
Code: Enclose your text with [code] and [/code].
Quote: Enclose your text with [quote] and [/quote].
Images: Enclose the address with one of the following:
[img] and [/img]
[img=right] and [/img=right]
[img=left] and [/img=left]
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What is COPPA?
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