Compose tips

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Internal paths in single or double quotes, written as "internal:node/99", for example, are replaced with the appropriate absolute URL or path. Given a site located at, assuming clean URLs are enabled and "internal:admin/user" becomes "" and "internal:node/99" becomes "". If 'node/99' has a URL alias assigned, such as 'news/latest' the alias will be substituted giving "".

    Paths to files in single or double quotes, written as "files:somefile.ext", for example, are replaced with the appropriate URL that can be used to download the file.

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd><blockquote>

    This site allows HTML content. While learning all of HTML may feel intimidating, learning how to use a very small number of the most basic HTML "tags" is very easy. This table provides examples for each tag that is enabled on this site.

    For more information see W3C's HTML Specifications or use your favorite search engine to find other sites that explain HTML.

    Tag DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Anchors are used to make links to other pages.<a href="">Julian Pustkuchen ツ</a>Julian Pustkuchen ツ
    Coded text used to show programming source code<code>Coded</code>Coded
    Unordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item<ul> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ul>
    • First item
    • Second item
    Ordered list - use the <li> to begin each list item<ol> <li>First item</li> <li>Second item</li> </ol>
    1. First item
    2. Second item
    Definition lists are similar to other HTML lists. <dl> begins the definition list, <dt> begins the definition term and <dd> begins the definition description.<dl> <dt>First term</dt> <dd>First definition</dd> <dt>Second term</dt> <dd>Second definition</dd> </dl>
    First term
    First definition
    Second term
    Second definition
    Block quoted<blockquote>Block quoted</blockquote>
    Block quoted

    Most unusual characters can be directly entered without any problems.

    If you do encounter problems, try using HTML character entities. A common example looks like &amp; for an ampersand & character. For a full list of entities see HTML's entities page. Some of the available characters include:

    Character DescriptionYou TypeYou Get
    Greater than&gt;>
    Less than&lt;<
    Quotation mark&quot;"
  • Lines and paragraphs are automatically recognized. The <br /> line break, <p> paragraph and </p> close paragraph tags are inserted automatically. If paragraphs are not recognized simply add a couple blank lines.
  • You can insert a blockquote directly into texts with; <blockquote>This text becomes a blockquote.</blockquote>.
  • Syntax highlighting of source code can be enabled with the following tags:

    • Generic syntax highlighting tags: .
    • Language specific syntax highlighting tags: "<c>" for C source code, "<cpp>" for C++ source code, "<css>" for CSS source code, "<drupal5>" for Drupal 5 source code, "<drupal6>" for Drupal 6 source code, "<html4strict>" for HTML source code, "<html5>" for HTML5 source code, "<java>" for Java source code, "<javascript>" for Javascript source code, "<jquery>" for jQuery source code, "<mysql>" for MySQL source code, "<php>" for PHP source code, "<python>" for Python source code, "<ruby>" for Ruby source code, "<smarty>" for Smarty source code, "<xml>" for XML source code.
    • PHP source code can also be enclosed in <?php ... ?> or <% ... %>, but additional options like line numbering are not possible here.

    Options and tips:

    • The language for the generic syntax highlighting tags can be specified with one of the attribute(s): type, lang, language, class. The possible values are: "c" (for C), "cpp" (for C++), "css" (for CSS), "drupal5" (for Drupal 5), "drupal6" (for Drupal 6), "html4strict" (for HTML), "html5" (for HTML5), "java" (for Java), "javascript" (for Javascript), "jquery" (for jQuery), "mysql" (for MySQL), "php" (for PHP), "python" (for Python), "ruby" (for Ruby), "smarty" (for Smarty), "xml" (for XML).
    • The supported tag styles are: <foo>, [foo].
    • Line numbering can be enabled/disabled with the attribute "linenumbers". Possible values are: "off" for no line numbers, "normal" for normal line numbers and "fancy" for fancy line numbers (every nth line number highlighted). The start line number can be specified with the attribute "start", which implicitly enables normal line numbering. For fancy line numbering the interval for the highlighted line numbers can be specified with the attribute "fancy", which implicitly enables fancy line numbering.
    • If the source code between the tags contains a newline (e.g. immediatly after the opening tag), the highlighted source code will be displayed as a code block. Otherwise it will be displayed inline.
    • A title can be added to a code block with the attribute "title".


    • Default highlighting mode for generic syntax highlighting tags: when no language attribute is specified, no syntax highlighting will be done.
    • Default line numbering: fancy line numbers (every 5 lines).


    You typeYou get
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    Code block with syntax highlighting for C source code.
    <c start="23" fancy="7">
    foo = "bar";
    baz = "foz";
    Code block with syntax highlighting for C source code,
    line numbers starting from 23
    and highlighted line numbers every 7th line.
  • If you include a textual smiley in your post (see chart below), it will be replaced by a graphical smiley.
    :):) :-) :smile:
    :D:D :-D :lol:
    ;);) ;-) :wink:
    :p:p :-p :tongue:
    :O:O :-O :shock:
    :|:| :-| :stare:
    :(:( :-( :sad:
    :~:~ :-~ :puzzled:
    :((:(( :-(( :cry:
    8)8) 8-) :cool:
    J)J) J-) :crazy:
    :X:X :-X :oups:
    :8):8) :8-) :shy:
    0:)0:) 0) 0:-) :innocent:
    :*:* :-* :sexy:
    |(|( \( :angry:
    :Sp:Sp :-S) :sick:
    H)H) H:) H:-) :grade:
    $)$) $-) :cash:
    S)S) S) :drunk:
    >)>) >-) :evil:
  • Each email address will be obfuscated in a human readable fashion or (if JavaScript is enabled) replaced with a spamproof clickable link.
  • Use one of the forms name.module, name.theme, name.translation, name.installprofile or name.project, in order to link to - Note that a link will be generated even if the project or node does not exist.
    Use [nid].do to link to[nid], and [nid].gdo to link to[nid] - Links will only be generated for valid node IDs using this format.