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What is Textile?

Textile was designed as a more "humane Web text generator". Instead of the final code consisting of tons of unreadable open and closing tags, it uses normal characters that make instant sense when taking a quick glance. It's very different from a strict HTML, XML, or BBCode method of stylizing posts.

Am I forced to use Textile?

No, normal forum BBCode additionally works well on this forum. There are examples below the Textile MegaFAQ

How does Textile work?

Textile consists of two major "parts", the inline code, and the optional paragraph-level code. The inline code is "common" code you can use inside text to stylize sections and the paragraph-level code is used to style whole paragraphs.

Common "Inline" Textile

Name Example Textile Example Output
Bold TextSurround the word(s) with stars. There are words that I really want to *emphasize their importance*! There are words that I really want to emphasize their importance!
Italic TextSurround the word(s) with underscores. Quietly emphasizing _importance_ is nice too! Quietly emphasizing importance is nice too!
Underline TextSurround the word(s) with plus signs. Sometimes +underlining text+ is better than bolding or italics! Sometimes underlining text is better than bolding or italics!
Link TextQuote the title and add the link with a colon. You should read the "Guild Wars Wiki":http://wiki.guildwars.com! You should read the Guild Wars Wiki!
Protip! Textile is smart enough to handle most punctuation immediately following links!
ImagesSurround the URL with exclamation points. This is what an identification kit looks like: !http://link.to/image.png! This is what an identification kit looks like:
Protip! Most forums don't allow images, check the rules!

How do I modify all elements in a paragraph?

It's easy to modify all elements with "block level" or paragraph codes. They're usually the short name of an element with a period and space. Check the examples below of common paragraph codes:

Name Example Textile Example Output
p Normal Paragraph p. This is a normal paragraph and shouldn't be any different from others! This is a normal paragraph and shouldn't be any different from others!
* Bullet Lists * It's easy
* to create
* bulleted lists!

Just star the beginning!
  • It's easy
  • to create
  • bulleted lists!

Just star the beginning!
# Numbered Lists # It's the same
# when creating
# numbered lists!

Just number sign the beginning!
  1. It's the same
  2. when creating
  3. numbered lists!

Just number sign the beginning!

Can I use BBCode like a normal forum!

YES! Normal BBCode is allowed! It plays well with Textile. And if Textile is really cramping your style, you can disable it with the Disable Textile checkbox!

Examples of BBCode

Name Example BBCode Example Output
Bolded Text [b]bolded text[/b] bolded text
Italicized Text [i]italic text[/i] italic text
Underlined Text [u]underlined text[/u] underlined text
Strikethrough [s]this is a bad idea[/s] this is a bad idea
Subscripted Text The most common use of E[sub]3[/sub] is for fuel. The most common use of E3 is for fuel.
Superscripted Text Einstein is famous for his E=mc[sup]2[/sup]. Einstein is famous for his E=mc2.
Linking [url]http://guildwars.com[/url] http://guildwars.com
Linking with Name [url=http://guildwars.com]Guild Wars[/url] Guild Wars
Image [img]http://link.to/image.jpg[/img]
Preformatted / Code [pre]int main() {
return 0;
}[/pre]
int main() {
return 0;
}
Spoiler [spoiler]Rosebud was the name of the sled.[/spoiler]

Rosebud was the name of the sled.