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How to use color codes and formatting tags in TM

Posted: 15 Feb 2006 20:44
by Acegikmo
Coloring and formatting tags
Hi all.
Most of you old TM players knows how to use color tags, but for those that doesnt know, this is a great way to learn :)
First off, lets look at a basic tag:
Every tag, no matter color or formatting, has a dollar sign in front of them, all the tags applies to the text right of the dollar sign.
Formatting tags has 8 different functions:
$i: italic
$s: shadowed
$w: wide
$n: narrow
$m: normal
$g: default color
$o: bold
$z: reset all
$t: Changes the text to capitals
$$: Writes a dollarsign


Input: $iTrackmania$$---output: Trackmania$
Input: $wChicken---------output: c h i c k e n

Color coding
Color codes are not that hard to use :)
Don't worry, you'll understand ;)

ok, first, you need to know hex (Hexadecimal).
Hex is a value system where you can go over 10 using one number/letter.
Here are the values for all the hex numbers:

Code: Select all

0         0
1         1
2         2
3         3
4         4
5         5
6         6
7         7
8         8
9         9
a         10
b         11
c         12
d         13
e         14
f         15
Thats the numerical system.
lets have a look at a normal color code:


As you can see, you have a dollar sign here too.
RGB, red, green and blue.
Its this simple:
Replace the R with the amount of red you want in the color using hex numbers.
Replace the G with the amount of green you want in the color using hex numbers.
Replace the B with the amount of blue you want in the color using hex numbers.

F is the most, and 0 is the least.
The closer to 0, the darker the color gets.
The closer to F, the brighter the color gets.


Input: $f00Trackmania-------output: Trackmania
Input: $d00Trackmania------output: Trackmania
Input: $900Trackmania------output: Trackmania
Input: $600Trackmania------output: Trackmania
Input: $fa0BLaHiTis----------output: BLaHiTis
Input: $0ffNADEO------------output: NADEO


How to code a gradient:

if you want a gradient from red to blue, you have to decrease the red value, and increase the blue value for each letter.
For red: $f00
For blue: $00f

If you start with red, write the tags in this order (with the letters between):

I chose to lower the value by 2 each time.
Of course you can use other colors as gradients, but it's all about increasing and/or decreasing a value.

Gradient Example:

Input: $0a0H$0b0e$0c0l$0d0l$0e0o-----output: Hello

You can also mix color tags with formatting tags:

Input: $i$d00Trackmania----output: Trackmania
Input: $00fTrack$imania----output: Trackmania

Thats about it! :)
Hope you got some more knowledge throughout this.
If you feel this is hard to learn, you can check out TMCC ;)


Posted: 15 Feb 2006 20:52
by Florent

Posted: 15 Feb 2006 21:00
by Acegikmo
rofl florent :P
also, you can use the same type of thing in TM forum, but with 6 spaces and a # instead of $.
input: [ color=#ff0000 ]Florent rox[ /color ]---output: Florent rox
input: [ color=#ffffff ]Invisible[ /color ]---output: Invisible

Posted: 15 Feb 2006 21:10
by Racemaniac
or you could simply tell the people to read the readme that's put with tmn explaining this ^^

Posted: 15 Feb 2006 21:15
by Acegikmo
I explained it more from the basics :P

Posted: 16 Feb 2006 08:57
by x[gunzor]
This is seriously good info! STICKY THIS ONE!!!

Posted: 18 Feb 2006 21:05
by Acegikmo
maybe it should be stickyed ^^
We'll see if someone agrees ;)

Posted: 19 Feb 2006 07:55
by NGcs
Official Hungarian FAQ :D

Posted: 23 Feb 2006 12:00
by Acegikmo
I found a tag nadeo haven't told us about :)
it's $t
Its not so useful, since you can manually do it, but here's an example:
input: $tomgcool
output: OMGCOOL

It just makes a text caps locked :P

Posted: 02 Mar 2006 20:20
by bogyone
why cant i see my name colored ingame? i see it all formatted in the color code and my name

Posted: 02 Mar 2006 21:08
by Acegikmo
how do you mean ingame?
Are you sure you colored the right way?
Tell me the code you used for your name, and take a screenshot.

Posted: 03 Mar 2006 04:56
by bogyone

this is what i see in game but when i did it in setup i saw it colored.

Posted: 03 Mar 2006 12:54
by Acegikmo
Are you sure you made a dollar sign?

Posted: 03 Mar 2006 19:41
by bogyone
i used this and i did it three times to make sure and all three times i saw my named colored then ii went into the game and saw it all jumbled


i did this in the create account area after i did it i saw it colored red white and blue and spelled corectly without all the code then i go into the game and see it as shown in my screenshot what did i do wrong?

Posted: 03 Mar 2006 21:05
by Acegikmo
This is really strange... :?
I'm sorry but I really can't help you... :(