How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...)
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How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 26 Jun 2014 12:48 #9089

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I was recently asked by a forum user how to format a post (i.e. making words bold, underlined etc.). Perhaps other people, especially newcomers, have the same question, therefore I have posted the answer here for all to see.

We recommend to you that you consider formatting your post to make it easier for your readers. This applies in particular to long posts.

How to format your posting

When you write or edit a post, you see above the message composition box those smiley symbols which you can insert. Above the row of smileys there is a row with formatting commands, i.e. B for bold, I for italics, U for underline, colour, bullet points, left aligned,...

For example to make text bold:
Simply select the word or sentence that you want to make bold with your mouse, then click on the B-button (above the smiley with the sunglasses) to make it bold.

See screenshot:

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In the message composition box, this will then add the hyperlink code [b]...[ /b] around the text that you wanted to make bold. Just ignore that, because once you click on "submit", these hyperlink codes will disappear, and your words or sentences will simply be bold.

Please do try it out with your next post (or with one of your existing posts *), because it does add to readability of your posts. Thanks.

Elisabeth

* How to edit one of your existing posts is described here:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/133-re...nd-format-my-posting
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Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 26 Jun 2014 18:29 #9096

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And for experts there is the the Kunena BBcode:
:pinch: Warning: Spoiler!
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Last Edit: 26 Jun 2014 19:20 by muench.

Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 26 Jun 2014 19:21 #9097

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I thought I was an expert, but I have never understood what this spoiler emoticon was meant to mean?
And is BBcode the same as HTML code?


Edit: I just figured out that this "warning: spoiler" thing above is actually clickable and when you click on it you can go to a website that explains the BBCode...
(www.kunena.org/docs/BBcode)

And here an explanation from said website on BBCode:

BBCode or Bulletin Board Code is a lightweight markup language used to format posts in many message boards. The available tags are usually indicated by square brackets ([ ]) surrounding a keyword, and they are parsed by the message board system before being translated into a markup language that web browsers understand—usually HTML or XHTML.


Thanks, Kris.
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Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 22 Jul 2014 09:09 #9429

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Dear Forum Users,

In this post we will continue to explain how to format text in posts you make in the Forum.

The following picture gives an overview of the functions of the boardcode buttons.
Buttonexplanation.jpg



As Elisabeth has mentioned before in this thread (post #9089), these buttons are quite easy to use, once you know what they are used for.


Let me give you some examples below, as all buttons work in principle in a similar way:

muench wrote:
For example to make text bold:
Simply select the word or sentence that you want to make bold with your mouse, then click on the B-button (above the smiley with the sunglasses) to make it bold.

This quote from Elisabeth's previous post is made in the following way: The text to be quoted was selected and copied in her post, then pasted in the post editor for this post. After selecting the text within the editor, the quoting button was clicked on (the one with the bubble).

For links to websites, the procedure is very similar. You simply write the text that you want to be seen as a link and select it. Then you go to the website you want to link to and copy the URL address field. Back in the post editor where you selected the text, you click on the Link button (the one with the globe) and paste the copied address in the field titled 'URL' and click Insert on the right.

Another example: There is a formatting button called "map". This one is quite an interesting little gadget: Here you can include a map from google maps. I simply click it and write Eschborn in it.
It looks like this in BBC code:
[map]Eschborn[/map]

(to display this code, I used the button called "put code or formula in special code for display").

The result is the map shown below. Nifty, isn't it? Now you finally know where I am posting from (GIZ office is located in Eschborn):

Unable to display Google Map.



You might have more questions about these formatting options. As a start for those who are new to formatting, I suggest you try out the buttons and play around. You can always edit and/or delete your own posts.

Feel free to post your questions on formatting here. We will be happy to help you.

Helpful can also be what Kris mentioned in his post #9096: Clicking on the help button (i.e. the question mark in a circle at the right above the last emotican) opens a page explaining the codes for different actions. It is called the Kunena BBcode.

Regards,
Sebastian
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Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 22 Jul 2014 12:36 #9434

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Dear Sebastian & Elisabeth,

Is there a button here, which when clicked, leads the forum users to the publications this forum has?

Regards,

F H Mughal
PS: What is meant by Karma? Is it a English word?
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Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 22 Jul 2014 13:26 #9435

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Hi F H Mughal,

No it is not English but it has a meaning in English - in this context the difference between the number of times your posts have been voted 'helpful' (green plus) vs 'unhelpful' (red minus). A high number means that everyone likes you.
I don't work for anyone, I am a philosopher interested to think about how we think about WASH and sanitation. All thoughts are mine alone, I am responsible for any errors.

Previously trained and worked as a Soil Scientist and worked on projects composting sewage sludge.

Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 22 Jul 2014 14:34 #9436

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Thanks, Joe, that's exactly right.
Mughal, we also explained more about these Karma points that you can allocate to other users here on the forum: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/135-qu...e-qesteemq-of-a-user
In short: it's a way of "applauding" someone (the green plus to the left of the person's page) or not (the red minus).

The origin of the word karma is apparently from ancient India, see here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma

On other forums I have seen the word "Kudos" being used.

Mughal, about your other question:
Is there a button here, which when clicked, leads the forum users to the publications this forum has?

No, this does not exist.

However, you can use the search function at the top right to search for topics (including titles of attachments if they were mentioned in the post).

In addition, we try to ensure that all important publications that users attach to their posts are also uploaded to the SuSanA library:
www.susana.org/library
(and the library has its own search function)

If we have missed any then please bring them to our attention so that they can be added to the library ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

We also spoke about this issue here on the forum:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/148-yo...nd-attachments-later

Keep on asking your questions, Mughal, as others might have the same questions.
Don't forget to take a look at the Help Section in case a thread has already been started on that topic. In that case, you could put your question directly into that existing thread:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/132-forum-help-section

Regards,
Elisabeth
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Re: How can I format the text in my own post? (making words bold, underlined, using bullet point lists...) 23 Jul 2014 22:01 #9462

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A question was asked by Mughal about font and text size*:

Why the font type and size is always the same, when we hit the submit button? Is user at liberty to make a change?


Answer: the user cannot change the font type.
But the user can change the text size in order to highlight something for example.

For that, when you are in the editor field, select the text you want to make larger and then click on the button above that has the Tt-symbol.

Example with text size 6:

Larger text


In the code, it looks like this:
[size=6]Larger text[/size]


Another example:

Middle sized text

(this is text of size 5)

I am sorry that we do not yet have a so called "what you see is what you get" editor (WYSIWYG), but only this editor here which may seem a bit old fashioned. Personally, I quite like it, it makes me feel like I understand HTML-language. But I am used to it and use it on a daily basis, so for me it's easy and intuitive.

Perhaps when we look at forum upgrading options, we can see if a new editor (in a new version of Kunena) could be possible - see this thread:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/148-yo...orum-software-issues

Greetings,
Elisabeth


* I have moved the rest of his post to another category where it fits better and will be answered separately (forum.susana.org/forum/categories/148-yo...tachments-later#9452)
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