Jawbreaker Code Essentials

Jawbreaker Code borrows heavily from the highly popular Ultimate Bulletin Board (UBB) Code by Infopop. Text styles such as italics and bolds are possible with the use of a few tags. Hyperlinks to a web address and embedded images in posts are also possible.

Tags are basically short text labels which block portions of messages so as to give them added emphasis, functionality or meaning. A tag pair is defined and used as such: [tag]Text enclosed within[/tag]. For example, to italicise the phrase "Italicise me", you would use the [i] [/i] tag pair and type "[i]Italicise me[/i]". Tags are that simple! Given below is a list of functions and codes supported by the board:

Hyperlinking to a Web Address
Links to web address are intelligently recognised. A simple "www." joined to a length of text will create an underlined hyperlink to the referred to web address. For example, "www.linux.com" will create a link to "http://www.linux.com". Additionally, keying in the full "http://www.linux.com" will accomplish the same task. Yup, the "http://" label will convert the text joined to it to a hyperlink.

Alternatively, a hyperlink can be made if the [url] [/url] tag pair is used. This is to create a link to a piece of text not explicitly specifying the web address. For example, typing "Where do you want to go [url=http://www.skavenworks.com]tomorrow[/url]?" will create the message "Where do you want to go tomorrow?" with a link to our site under "tomorrow".

In summary, to create a link to a web address, you have three options:
  • http://www.skavenworks.com
  • www.skavenworks.com
  • [url=http://www.skavenworks.com]Skavenworks[/url]

Email Links
To add a hyperlinked email address within your message, the [email] [/email] tag pair should be used. For example, to create a link to our contact email address, the way to do this is to enter "[email][email protected][/email]". Be sure that the email address enclosed is valid.

In summary, to create a link to an email address, you should type:

[email][email protected][/email]

Bold and Italics
You can create italicised text or bold them by enclosing the message portions with the [i] [/i] and [b] [/b] tag pairs respectively. Italicised text can be used for quotations and bold text are usually used to provide emphasis on certain issues. Their use is shown below:

[b]Bold Text[/b]

[i]Italicised Text[/i]

Bulleted Lists
You can make bulleted lists using the [list] [/list] tag pair. Three types of bulleted lists are supported. The unordered list, the number-ordered list and the alphabetically-ordered variant.

To produce an unordered list, the [list] [/list] tags will enclose the text to be bulleted and the [*] tag will designate a bullet point. For example,

[list]
[*] This is the first bulleted item.
[*] This is the second bulleted item.
[/list]

will produce:

  • This is the first bulleted item.
  • This is the second bulleted item.
Remember to conclude your list with the closing [/list] tag.

Ordered lists are similarly created, with the a few exceptions. To produce a number-ordered list the [list=1] [/list] tag pair will be used instead. To produce an alphabetically-ordered list, the [list=A] [/list] tag pair should be used. The [*] tag for bullets still stands.

For example,

[list=1]
[*] This is the first bulleted item.
[*] This is the second bulleted item.
[/olist]

will produce:

  1. This is the first bulleted item.
  2. This is the second bulleted item.
And

[list=A]
[*] This is the first bulleted item.
[*] This is the second bulleted item.
[/olist]

will produce:

  1. This is the first bulleted item.
  2. This is the second bulleted item.

Embedding Images
To embed a graphic within your message, just enclose the URL of the image using the [img] [/img] tag pair. For example,

[img]http://www.hardware-one.com/admin_images/topbar.jpg[/img]

will produce:


A point in forum etiquette is to avoid embedding bloated and huge graphics in your post. Some users with slow Net connections may feel irritated or frustrated waiting for the forum pages with such images to show up. A link to the desired graphic would be more appropriate in these cases.

Quoting
Because a forum thread will likely contain a large number of posts, a user might want to specifically refer to an earlier post possibly obscured by other posts. In these cases, quoting that particular post would serve to allow others to understand the purpose of your posting.

One way would be to click on the button. However, at times, you may just want to quote a passage from an external source (take note that italicising the text is the literary norm). The [quote] [/quote] tag pair then comes into play. For example,

[quote]Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short. -John Henry Newman[/quote]

will automatically blockquote the statement by John Henry Newman.