John Kaster

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EDN Tip #1: Posting source code snippets on our discussion forums

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EDN supports both NNTP/NNTPS and HTTP/HTTPS for our discussion forums. Some special html processing is performed by our forum software when posting code snippets, which can mess up indenting of code snippets. Robert Triest asked about preserving code formatting for his posts on our discussion forums, and I answered him in the same thread.

When posting source code snippets using our web forms, the formatting of the code is not preserved unless you wrap the source code with the {code} tag, on both sides of the code snippet, like so:

this is my source code
  with this line indented
  and this line indented

Robert’s test post after learning the special {code} shows how it works.

Whether you use news reader client (NNTP/NNTPS) or browser client to participate in our discussion forums, I recommend you wrap your code snippets with {code} so anyone else who reads your post can see well-formatted source code.


John Kaster
EDN Program Manager
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.


Written by John Kaster

May 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

Posted in EDN

5 Responses

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  1. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that in the “Plain Text Help” box on the right when posting a message?


    May 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm

  2. @Sebastian, good suggestion. Can you add that to QualityCentral?


    John Kaster

    May 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

  3. Gotta agree with Sebastian. That’s definitely needed.

    Mason Wheeler

    May 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

  4. Done.

    Report No: 84976 Status: Reported
    Add quick help for {code} tags to the “Plain Text Help” box


    May 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

  5. Sebastian, Mason: the quick help for {code} has been deployed. Thanks for the suggestion.

    John Kaster

    May 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

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