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input formats:
  • Filtered HTML:
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>

      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="">Neo Classic Space</a>Neo Classic Space
      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

      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.
  • Rich Text:
  • BBCode:
    • BBCode Guide

      BBCode allows you to specify formatting rules for your text, even if you are not allowed to use HTML in your posts. BBCode originated from the forum software named PHPBB, and this site has a special implementation of it.

      In BBCode terms, you use "tags" to add formatting to your text. Every tag is enclosed in [ and ] brackets. If you want to mark some region in your text, you need to use an opening tag and a closing tag. Closing tags start with [/, as you will see in the examples below. If you mistype a tag or forget to close it, you will not get the desired formatting.

      Simple text formatting

      BBCode allows you to make some parts of your texts stand out from the context by adding [b]old, [i]talic, [u]nderlined and [s]trikeout formatting to them. The [color], [size] and [font] tags allow you to change the color, size and font of portions of the text you enclose with these tags. Both require a parameter (which colour, how big, what font) that is suffixed to the name of the tag by an equals sign (example below). You should not repeat the parameter in the closing tag!

      You can specify any recognized color name (red, blue, green, white, etc.) or a hexadecimal color value (#CDCDCD, #FFFFFF, etc.) as the parameter of a [color] tag. The [size] tag allows you to set the font size between 6 and 48, 6 being the smallest size. Note that using very large text is considered by many to be annoying, and it is seldom a good idea to try to attract more attention to your post in this way. The [font] tag can be set to any valid font face, such as Arial, Arial Black, Courier, Courier New, Helvetica, Impact, Times New Roman, Verdana, etc.

      I [b]need to do[/b] this by the weekend I need to do this by the weekend
      John said that [i]we should[/i] ask her John said that we should ask her
      I [u]would not like to[/u] offend you I would not like to offend you
      Let's correct this [s]mispelled[/s] misspelled word Let's correct this mispelled misspelled word
      Jane was at [color=blue]the coast[/color] Jane was at the coast
      Joe was in [color=#FF0000]the forest[/color] Joe was in the forest
      You said: [size=30]HEY![/size] You said: HEY!
      She said: [font=Courier]What?[/font] She said: What?

      Creating links

      You have multiple options to specify links to other destinations in your posts.

      URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) starting with "www" or "ftp" (eg. are automatically recognized and replaced with links. You can also use the [url] tag with a parameter to specify a link with meaningful text to click on. If you use the url tag without the parameter, the enclosed text is assumed to be a URL, and a link is created to that destination.

      Email addresses in posts are also automatically converted to email links. For compatibility with common BBCode implementations, an [email] tag is provided.

      For more examples, visit For more examples, visit
      For more examples, visit For more examples, visit
      If you have questions ask me at If you have questions ask me at
      If you have questions ask me at [email][/email] If you have questions ask me at
      We use [url=]the example site[/url] in these examples We use the example site in these examples
      We use [url][/url] in these examples We use in these examples

      Displaying images

      The [img] tag allows you to display an image in your post. You need to specify a URL to the image, so it needs to be accessible somewhere on the internet. Beware of adding very large images to your text, or the page will load very slowly!

      If you enclose a URL in an [img] tag, then it will be replaced with code to display the image. For example A good screenshot: [img][/img] will show you the screenshot (if it exists).

      You can also specify the desired display dimensions of the image by adding a dimension parameter to the [img] tag. A good screenshot: [img=640x480][/img] will display the image in 640x480 (though the full image will be downloaded). Do not use this to show a thumbnail of an image!

      You are free to link an image to an external destination by enclosing the [img] tag with a [url] tag: See [url=][img][/img][/url].

      Ordered and unordered lists

      The simplest list type is the unordered list, which means that there is no numbering applied to the elements. You can make such a list by enclosing the list elements in [list] opening and closing tags. Specify the start of one element with the [*] list element marker, which has no closing tag pair.

      To create an ordered list, you should add a parameter to the [list] list tag specifying what type of ordered list you would like to see. The possible parameters are "i", "I", "1", "a", "A", "c", "d" and "s" which all correspond to the display of the first list element.

      I love
      I love
      • Oranges
      • Apples
      • Bananas
      I love
      I love
      1. Oranges
      2. Apples
      3. Bananas
      I love
      I love
      1. Oranges
      2. Apples
      3. Bananas

      Fixed-width text and block formatting

      You can use the [code] tag to add an inline fixed-width formatted part or to add a block of (usually program) code. If there is any newline present between the opening and closing tags, then a block will be displayed.

      Similarly, the [php] tag can be used to post PHP code. PHP code will automatically be syntax highlighted for easier readability.

      Edit your [code]robots.txt[/code] file Edit your robots.txt file
      An HTML title example:
       <title>Page Title</title>
      An HTML title example:
       <title>Page Title</title>
      Some PHP code:
      function hello()
        echo "Hello World!";
      Some PHP code:
      function hello()
      "Hello World!";

      Text and block alignment

      You can also set the alignment of the text by using [left], [right] and [center] tags. The [float] tag can be used to place floating boxes in the text (especially handy for images). You can specify the direction of the floating with [float=left] and [float=right]. The [justify] tag can be used justify text on both sides of the page.

      Other supported tags

      It is possible to quote something that has already been posted, by just putting [quote][/quote] tags around it. To quote a specific person, use something like [quote=John]. Quote tags can be nested.

      The [sub] and [sup] tags can be used to add subscript and superscript text. For example, H[sub]2[/sub]O gives H2O, while X[sup]3[/sup] gives X3.

      The [acronym] tag allow you to identify text as an acronym and provide a description when users move their mouse over the tag. For example, [acronym=Structured Query Language]SQL[/acronym] produces SQL.

      The [abbr] tag allow you to identify text as an abbreviation and provide a description when users move their mouse over the tag. For example, [abbr=World Wide Web]WWW[/abbr] produces WWW.

      The [notag] tags prevent text inside the tags from being parsed. This allows you to give examples of BBcode and not have it converted to HTML. For example: [notag]These [b]tags[/b] are not rendered[/notag] will produce "These [b]tags[/b] are not rendered".

      The [hr] tag draws a horizontal line across the page. Handy for separating chunks of text.

      Using multiple formatting tags

      You can apply more than one formatting specification to a portion of some text. I was at [b][i]the coast[/i][/b] will be rendered as I was at the coast.

      Make sure that you take care of the proper order of the opening and closing tags. You should close the tags in the opposite order in which you opened them. Otherwise you might get very strange rendering results. Also check your post with the preview function before submitting it, in case there are formatting errors due to improper BBCode usage.

    • LEGO Filter Guide

      LEGO part codes.

      Use [part:XXXXX] where XXXXX is part number. Part image will display with default color.

      For part with color, use any of the following:

      • [part:XXXXX color:YYYY]
      • [part:XXXXX colour:YYYY]
      • [part:XXXXX; YYYY]
      • [part:XXXXX, YYYY]

      where XXXXX is part number and YYYY is color name or number from the following list:

      Color IDColor nameLEGO nameAlternative namesSample
      0BlackBlackMetallic Black, MET.BLACK, CONDUCT. BLACK 
      1BlueBright BlueBR.BLUE, Metallic Bright Blue, MET. BR. BLUE 
      2GreenDark greenDK.GREEN, Metallic Dark Green, MET. DK. GREEN, Metallic_Dark_Green 
      3Dark TurquoiseBright bluish greenBR.BLUEGREEN, Dark_Turquoise, teal 
      4RedBright redBR.RED, Metallic Bright Red, MET. BR. RED, Metallic_Bright_Red 
      5Dark PinkBright PurpleBR. PURPLE, Dark_Pink, dkpink 
      6BrownSand Yellow MetallicMET. EAR.ORA, Earth Orange, EARTH-ORA, oldbrown 
      7Light GrayGreyLight_Gray, oldgray 
      8Dark GrayDark greyDK.GREY, Dark_Gray, olddkgray 
      9Light BlueLight blueLight_Blue, ltblue 
      10Bright GreenBright GreenBR.GREEN, Bright_Green, btgreen 
      11Light TurquoiseMed. bluish greenMD.BL-GREEN, Light_Turquoise, ltteal 
      12SalmonBrick Red 
      14YellowBright yellowBR.YEL 
      17Light GreenLight greenL.GREEN, Light_Green, ltgreen 
      18Light YellowLight yellowLight_Yellow, ltyellow 
      19TanBrick yellowBRICK-YEL 
      20Light VioletLight bluish violetL.BLUEVIOL, Light_Violet, ltviolet 
      21Glow In Dark OpaquePhosp. WhiteGlow in the Dark Opaque, PHOS.WHITE, Glow_In_Dark_Opaque, glowinthedark 
      22PurpleBright violetBR. VIOLET 
      23Dark Blue-VioletDark Royal blueDK. R.BLUE, Dark_Blue_Violet, dkroyalblue 
      25OrangeBright orangeBR.ORANGE 
      26MagentaBright reddish violetBR.RED-VIOL. 
      27LimeBr. yellowish greenBR.YEL-GREEN 
      28Dark TanSand yellowDark_Tan, dktan 
      29Bright PinkLight PurpleLGH. PURPLE, Bright_Pink, btpink 
      30Medium LavenderMedium LavenderMEDIUM LAVENDEL, Medium_Lavender, mdlavender 
      32Trans-Black IR LensTrans_Black_IR_Lens 
      33Trans-Dark BlueTr. BlueTransparent Dark Blue, TR.BLUE, Trans_Dark_Blue, trblue 
      34Trans-GreenTr. GreenTransparent Green, TR.GREEN, Trans_Green, trgreen 
      35Trans-Bright GreenTransparent Bright Yellowish GreenTransparent Bright Green, TR. BR. YEL GR, Transparent Bright Green, TR. BR. GREEN, Trans_Bright_Green, trbtgreen 
      36Trans-RedTr. RedTransparent Red, TR.RED, Trans_Red, trred 
      40Trans-BlackTr. BrownTransparent Black, TR.BROWN, Trans_Black, smoke 
      41Trans-Light BlueTr. Lg blueTransparent Light Blue, trltblue, TR.L.BLUE, 1.MULT, Trans_Medium_Blue 
      42Trans-Neon GreenTr. Flu. GreenTransparent Neon Green, TR.FL.GREEN, Trans_Neon_Green, trneongreen 
      43Trans-Very Lt BlueTransparent Light Bluish GreenTransparent Very Light Blue, TR. LGH. BL. GR, Trans_Light_Blue, triceblue 
      45Trans-Dark PinkTr. Medi. reddish violetTransparent Dark Pink, TR.ML.R.VIOL, Trans_Dark_Pink, trpink 
      46Trans-YellowTr. YellowTransparent Yellow, TR.YEL, Trans_Yellow, tryellow, trltyellow 
      47Trans-ClearTransparentTR., Trans_Clear, clear 
      52Trans-PurpleTr. Bright bluish violetTransparent Purple, TR.KL.BL.VIO, TR. BR. RED. LI, Trans_Purple, trpurple 
      54Trans-Neon YellowTransparent Fluorescent YellowTransparent Neon Yellow, Trans_Neon_Yellow, trpeach 
      57Trans-Neon OrangeTr. Flu. Reddish orangeTransparent Neon Reddish Orange, TR.FL.REDORA, Trans_Neon_Orange, trneonorange 
      60Chrome Antique BrassChrome Brass, chromebrass, Chrome_Antique_Brass 
      61Chrome Bluechromeblue, Chrome_Blue 
      62Chrome Greenchromegreen, Chrome_Green 
      63Chrome Pinkchromepink, Chrome_Pink 
      64Chrome Blackchromeblack, Chrome_Black 
      68Very Light OrangeLight Yellowish OrangeVery_Light_Orange, paleorange 
      69Light PurpleBright Reddish LilacBR. RED. LILAC, Light_Purple, ltpurple, btpurple 
      70Reddish BrownReddish BrownRED. BROWN, Reddish_Brown, redbrown 
      71Light Bluish GrayMedium stone greyMedium Stone Gray, MED. ST-GREY, Light_Bluish_Gray, mdstone, LBG, Light Bley, LtBley, Bley 
      72Dark Bluish GrayDark stone greyDark Stone Gray, DK. ST. GREY, Dark_Bluish_Gray, dkstone, DBG, Dark Bley, DkBley 
      73Medium BlueMedium blueMD.BLUE, Medium_Blue, mdblue 
      74Medium GreenMedium greenMD.GREEN, Medium_Green, mdgreen 
      75Speckle Black-CopperCOP. DIF.Speckle Black Copper, Speckle_Black_Copper, blackcopperglitter 
      76Speckle DBGray-SilverSpeckle Gray, dkstoneglitter, Speckle_Dark_Bluish_Gray_Silver 
      77Light PinkLight PinkLight_Pink, parapink, ltpink 
      78Light FleshLight NougatL.NOUGAT, Light_Flesh, ltflesh 
      79Milky WhiteNatureTranslucent White, Milky_White, trluwhite 
      80Metallic SilverC.SILVER, DR. LC.SILVER, SILVER INK, Metallic_Silver, metallicsilver 
      81Metallic GreenLemon MetallicMetallic_Green, metallicgreen 
      82Metallic GoldW.GOLD, DR.LA.GOLD INK, Metallic_Gold, metallicgold 
      84Medium Dark FleshMedium NougatM. NOUGAT, Medium_Dark_Flesh, mddkflesh 
      85Dark PurpleMedium LilacM. LILAC, Dark_Purple, mdlilac 
      86Dark FleshBROWNDark_Flesh, dkflesh 
      89Royal BlueR. BLUEBlue_Violet 
      100Light SalmonLight redLight_Salmon, ltsalmon 
      110VioletBright Bluish VioletBR.BLUEVIOL, LILAC 
      112Blue-VioletMedium Bluish VioletRoyal Blue, ML.BLUEVIOL, Medium_Violet, royalblue 
      114Glitter Trans-Dark PinkTr. Medium Reddish-Violet w. Glitter 2%Transparent Pink Glitter, TR.M.R.V.GLI, Glitter_Trans_Dark_Pink, trpinkglitter 
      115Medium LimeMed. yellowish greenMD.YEL-GREEN, Medium_Lime, mdlime 
      117Glitter Trans-ClearTransparent GlitterTR.W.GLITTER, Glitter_Trans_Clear, clearglitter 
      118AquaLight bluish greenL.BLUE-GREEN 
      120Light LimeLig. yellowish greenL.YEL-GREEN, Light_Lime, ltlime 
      125Light Orangeltorange, Light_Orange 
      129Glitter Trans-PurpleTr. Bright Bluish Violet w. Glitter 2%Transparent Purple Glitter, TR.BR.BL.V.G, Glitter_Trans_Purple, trpurpleglitter 
      132Speckle Black-SilverBlack GlitterSpeckle Black, CO.SILVER DIF, Speckle_Black_Silver, blackglitter 
      133Speckle Black-GoldSpeckle Black Gold, Speckle_Black_Gold 
      134CopperCopperRED. GOLD, COPPER INK, COPPER, DR.LA., pearlcopper 
      135Pearl Light GraySilver flip/flopSILVER, Cool silver, Cool silver, Silver, Pearl_Light_Gray, pearlltgray 
      137Metal BlueSand blue metallicMetallic Blue, MET.SAND.BLU, Metal_Blue, pearlblue 
      142Pearl Light GoldGoldPearl_Light_Gold, pearlltgold 
      143Trans-Medium BlueTr. Flu. BlueTransparent Medium Blue, TR.FL. BLUE, trmdblue 
      148Pearl Dark GrayTitanium MetallicTITAN. METAL., Mettalic Dark Grey, MET.DK.GREY, Metallic_Black, Pearl_Dark_Gray, Metallic_Dark_Gray, pearldkgray 
      150Pearl Very Light Graypearlvlgray, Pearl_Very_Light_Grey 
      151Very Light Bluish GrayLight stone greyLight Stone Gray, LGH. ST. GREY, Very_Light_Bluish_Gray, ltstone 
      158Yellowish GreenSpring Yellow GreenSPR. YELL. GREE 
      178Flat Dark GoldGold MetallicMET.SAND.YEL, Flat_Dark_Gold, pearldkgold 
      179Flat SilverSilver MetallicSILVER MET., Flat_Silver, pearlsilver 
      182Trans-OrangeTr. Bright OrangeTransparent Orange, TR. BR. ORANGE, Trans_Orange, trdkorange 
      183Pearl WhiteMetallic WhitePearlescent, MET. WHITE, Pearl_White, pearlescent 
      191Bright Light OrangeFlame yellowish orangeFL. YELL-ORA, Bright_Light_Orange, btltorange 
      212Bright Light BlueLight Royal blueLGH. ROY. BLUE, Bright_Light_Blue, ltroyalblue, btltblue 
      226Bright Light YellowCool YellowCOOL YEL., Bright_Light_Yellow, coolyellow 
      230Trans-PinkTR. BR. PURPLETransparent Pink, Trans_Pink, trltpink 
      232Sky BlueDove blueDO. BLUE, Sky_Blue, doveblue 
      236Trans-Light PurpleTR. RED-LILACTransparent Light Purple, TR. RE-LILAC, Trans_Light_Purple, Trans_Light_Purple, trlilac 
      272Dark BlueEarth blueDark_Blue, navyblue 
      288Dark GreenEarth GreenDark_Green, dkgreen 
      294Glow In Dark TransPhosphorescent GreenGlow in the Dark Transparent, PH.GREEN, Glow_In_Dark_Trans, trglowinthedark 
      297Pearl GoldWarm GoldW.GOLD, Pearl_Gold, pearlgold 
      308Dark BrownDark BrownDK. BROWN, Dark_Brown, dkbrown 
      313Maersk BluePastel BluePASTBLU, Maersk_Blue, maerskblue 
      320Dark RedDark redNEW DARK RED, 10. MULTI, Dark_Red, dkred 
      321Dark AzureDark AzurDark_Azure, dkazure 
      322Medium AzureMedium AzureMEDIUM AZUR, Medium_Azure, mdazure 
      323Light AquaAquaLight_Aqua, ltaqua 
      326Olive GreenOlive GreenOlive_Green, olivegreen 
      334Chrome GoldMetalized GoldChrome_Gold, chromegold 
      335Sand RedSand redSand_Red, sandred 
      351Medium Dark PinkMedium Reddish VioletMD.REDVIOL, Medium_Dark_Pink, duplorose 
      366Earth OrangeDark NougatL.ORABROWN, Earth_Orange, Dark_Nougat, earthorange 
      373Sand PurpleSand violetSand_Purple, sandpurple 
      378Sand GreenSand greenSand_Green, sandgreen 
      379Sand BlueSand blueSand_Blue, sandblue 
      383Chrome SilverMetalized SilverChrome_Silver, chromesilver 
      450Fabuland BrownLight Orange BrownFabuland_Brown, fabubrown 
      462Medium OrangeBr. yellowish orangeBR.YELORA, Medium_Orange, mdorange 
      484Dark OrangeDark OrangeDK.ORA, Dark_Orange, dkorange 
      503Very Light GrayLight greyVery_Light_Gray, scalagray 
      1000Glow in Dark WhiteWHITE GLOWGlow in the Dark White, Glow_In_Dark_White 
      1001Medium VioletLilacMedium Bluish Violet, Medium_Violet, mdviolet 
      1002Glitter Trans-Neon GreenTR.FL.GRE W/GLITransparent Neon Green Glitter, Glitter_Trans_Neon_Green 
      1003Glitter Trans-Light BluePCTR LI.BLUE W/Transparent Light Blue Glitter, 4.MULT, Glitter_Trans_Light_Blue 
      1004Trans Flame Yellowish OrangeTR. FL. YEL ORATrans_Bright_Light_Orange, Trans Light Orange 
      1005Trans Fire YellowTR. FIRE YELL 
      1006Trans Light Royal BlueTR. L.ROYAL BLUETR.L.ROYAL BLUE, Trans_Light_Blue_Violet 
      1007Reddish LilacRED. LILACMedium Purple 
      1008ABB Blue 
      1009ABB Green 
      1010ABB Red 
      1011ABB Yellow