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 Text
Surround the word(s) with stars.
There are words that I really want to *emphasize their importance*! There are words that I really want to <strong>emphasize their importance</strong>!
Italic Text
Surround the word(s) with underscores.
Quietly emphasizing _importance_ is nice too! Quietly emphasizing <em>importance</em> is nice too!
Underline Text
Surround the word(s) with plus signs.
Sometimes +underlining text+ is better than bolding or italics! Sometimes <ins>underlining text</ins> is better than bolding or italics!
Link Text
Quote the title and add the link with a colon.
You should read the "Guild Wars Wiki":http://wiki.guildwars.com! You should read the <a href="http://wiki.guildwars.com">Guild Wars Wiki</a>!
Protip! Textile is smart enough to handle most punctuation immediately following links!
Image
Surround 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: <img src="http://wiki.guildwars.com/images/4/4b/Identification_Kit.png" alt="" />
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!
# Bullet 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 as I can in other forums?

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
Bold Text [b]bolded text[/b] bolded text
Italic Text [i]italic text[/i] italic text
Underline 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.
Subscripted Text Einstein is famous for his E=mc[sup]2[/sup]. Einstein is famous for his E=mc2.
Link [url]http://wiki.guildwars.com[/url] http://wiki.guildwars.com
Link With Name [url=http://wiki.guildwars.com]Guild Wars Wiki[/url] Guild Wars Wiki
Image [img]http://link.to/image.png[/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.