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cool [8D]
blush [:I]
tongue [:p]
evil [}:)]
wink [;)]
clown [:o)]
black eye [B)]
eightball [8]
frown [:(]
shy [8)]
shocked [:0]
angry [:(!]
dead [xx(]
sleepy [|)]
kisses [:X]
approve [^]
disapprove [V]
question [?]
bugout [8~2]
cheeky [:x)]
cry [:-(]
grow [%]
love [xo]
kiss [x2x]
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jim@msgroup.org
Outputs this:
jim@msgroup.org


Another way to add hyperlinks is to use the [url]linkto[/url] tags
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[url]http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/[/url] takes you home!
Outputs This:
http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/ takes you home!

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Take me to [url="http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/"]All Things (Safety Oriented) Motorcycle[/url]
Outputs This:
Take me to All Things (Safety Oriented) Motorcycle
This Example:
If you have a question [url="jim@msgroup.org"]E-Mail Me[/url]
Outputs This:
If you have a question E-Mail Me

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Example: [gold]Text[/gold] = Text
Example: [white]Text[/white] = Text
Example: [purple]Text[/purple] = Text

 

Headings: Enclose your text with [hnumber] and [/hn]

Example: [h1]Text[/h1] =

Text

Example: [h2]Text[/h2] =

Text

Example: [h3]Text[/h3] =

Text

Example: [h4]Text[/h4] =

Text

Example: [h5]Text[/h5] =
Text
Example: [h6]Text[/h6] =
Text

 

Font Sizes:
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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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