Formatting your posts


A powerful formatting language developed specifically for this application allows you to format your posts without knowledge of HTML. This formatting language is easy for both HTML users and non-HTML users to learn quickly. There are examples after each major section.


  • Introduction to Formatting
  • Text Formatting
  • Special Characters
  • Other Formatting
  • Frequently Made Mistakes
    • All formatting tags have the following structure:

        \code{Arguments or text to be formatted}

      The code is a keyword to invoke the desired formatting (for example, green to produce green text and b to produce bold text). Formatting tags are case sensitive. Formatting tags may be nested within other tags. A comprehensive list of available formatting tags is available in this document (although the system administrator can turn off certain tags).

      To use formatting, enter the appropriate code(s) in the text of your message or subject line. When you preview your post, your formatting will be displayed so you can verify that you have entered your tags properly.

    • Simple Features (bold, italics, etc.)
    • Colors
    • Text Size
    • Miscellaneous (font face, blinking, etc.)
    • TagDescriptionExample
      \b{Your Text}Bold TextYour Text
      \i{Your Text}Italics TextYour Text
      \+{Your Text}Superscript Text[Reference]Your Text
      \-{Your Text}Subscript Text[Reference]Your Text
      \fixed{Your Text}Fixed Width TextYour Text
      \u{Your Text}Underlined TextYour Text
      \c{Your Text}Centered Text
      Your Text


      Input:  \b{Show me some bold} and \i{italics text}.
      Output:  Show me some bold and italics text.
      Input:  H\-{2}O has a density of 1.000×10\+{-3} kg/mL.
      Output:  H2O has a density of 1.000×10-3 kg/mL.
      \red{Your Text}Red TextYour Text
      \orange{Your Text}Orange TextYour Text
      \yellow{Your Text}Yellow TextYour Text
      \green{Your Text}Green TextYour Text
      \cyan{Your Text}Cyan TextYour Text
      \blue{Your Text}Blue TextYour Text
      \purple{Your Text}Purple TextYour Text
      \white{Your Text}White TextYour Text
      \gray{Your Text}Gray TextYour Text
      \black{Your Text}Black TextYour Text


      Input:  \red{Red} and \green{green} are pretty colors.
      Output:  Red and green are pretty colors.
      \2{Your Text}Largest (size +2 text)Your Text
      \1{Your Text}Large (size +1 text)Your Text
      \0{Your Text}Average (size +0 text)Your Text
      \-1{Your Text}Smaller (size -1 text)Your Text
      \-2{Your Text}Smallest (size -2 text)Your Text
      Input:  \2{You} \1{can} \0{size} \-1{your} \-2{text}.
      Output:  You can size your text.
      \greek{Your Text}Greek (symbol) textYour Text
      \strike{Your Text}StrikethroughYour Text
      \blink{Your Text}Blinking textYour Text
      \rgb{Hex_code,Your Text}Color text by hex codeYour Text: aaaa00 color
      \font{Font_face,Your Text}*Font faceYour Text
      \char{ASCII code}Character (0-255)Ê (ASCII code=202)
      \indent{Your text}Indented (blockquoted)

      Your text

      \quote{Your text}QuotedQuote:
      Your text

      * = see note about escaping commas under “Special Characters”

      Input:  \rgb{5aaa7c,This is a strange color}.
      Output:  This is a strange color.
      Input:  \font{Times New Roman,This is in a different font}.
      Output:  This is in a different font.
      Input:  \font{Comic Sans MS\,Tahoma,Note the escaped comma here}.
      Output:  Note the escaped comma here.
      Modern browsers support the display of special characters, such as the “degrees” symbol (°). There are a number of available characters.