At some stage you will probably want to post messages into various forums and bulletin boards on various web sites that you are visiting. Some of these boards will allow you to use HTML code while others use a modified version called bbCode (for example Bravenet forums can allow HTML while PHPbb and vBulletin forums use bbCode). Depending on the board you may not get the result that you want if you are pasting content from a web page or other pre prepared source.
Novice webmasters will probably notice this most if they are trying to get help with HTML code from their web page and paste a copy of the code into a forum that allows HTML input. They will find that instead of displaying the code as text that the code is treated as part of the page content. Pasting the code into the below text box and pressing the "HTML to Text" button will solve this by converting the code into text that can be pasted into such forums.
More advanced users who regularly visit forums to help out other users (and advertise their site via a signature link at the bottom of their posts) may have pre prepared answers to frequently asked questions. They may have prepared these using either HTML or bbCode in order to bold certain sections or to include links to web pages. In order for these to display correctly when pasted into a forum they need to use the appropriate coding method used by that forum. To save having to create two versions of the same explanation you can paste the code into the below text box and press the "HTML to bbCode" or "bbCode to HTML" button to convert your pre prepared answers from one format to the other.
Note that not all valid HTML tags have bbCode equivalents and vice versa. Only those tags with direct equivalents will be converted.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.