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Formatting Text

Formatting and structuring text makes for easier reading and more appealing display of information. Whenever you are writing a description or comments, you might want to consider some of the formatting options available on theCrag.

theCrag text formatting is based on a text format called Markdown with a few extra twists that we are calling 'theCrag Flavored Markdown'.

The examples below show you almost everything you need to create great descriptions and comments, but if you want more you may check out the Markdown Syntax Guide at Daring Fireball. Please note that all header functionality has been disabled for theCrag Flavored Markdown.

theCrag Flavored Markdown is available at several places within theCrag platform, amongst them:

  • Route descriptions
  • Area descriptions
  • Ascent comments
  • Route history diary entries
  • Photo descriptions

Adding ParagraphsBack to contents

Hit 'Enter' twice to create a new paragraph.

Enter text like this:
Here is my first paragraph. When I get to the end I'll hit 'Enter' twice. 

And then start my next paragraph.

And it will look like this:

Here is my first paragraph. When I get to the end I'll hit 'Enter' twice.

And then start my next paragraph.

Adding HeadingsBack to contents

To create a heading, add one to six # symbols before your heading text. The number of # you use will determine the size of the heading. Be aware that this functionality is not supported everywhere.

Enter text like this:
# The largest heading
## The second largest heading

###### The smallest heading

And it will look like this:

The largest heading

The second largest heading

The smallest heading

Bold and ItalicBack to contents

Enclose a word or phrase with a double asterisks ('**') or double underscore ('__') for Bold and single asterisks ('*') or single underscore ('_') for Italic.

Enter text like this:
In a paragraph **this is bold text** and __this is bold text__

In a paragraph *this is italic text* and _this is italic text_

And it will look like this:

In a paragraph this is bold text and this is bold text

In a paragraph this is italic text and this is italic text

Bulleted ListBack to contents

Use asterisks ('*') to make a bulleted list. The trick to bullet lists (and numbered lists) is you must leave a blank line before the first bullet point.

Enter text like this:
Look after the park: 

* Stick to the paths 
* Don't disturb wildlife 
* Take all your rubbish away with you

And it will look like this:

Look after the park:

  • Stick to the paths
  • Don't disturb wildlife
  • Take all your rubbish away with you

Numbered ListBack to contents

Use numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. You must leave a blank line before the first number item. If you want to add a second paragraph in numbered item then add two spaces in front of the sentence.

Enter text like this:
Start at the R end of the base of the buttress. 

1. 43m (12) Up the slab (some fiddly pro) to L facing corner. 

  Up corner to ramp. Belay at top of ramp. 
2. 12m (12) Move around the arete, then up. Airy traverse L around the arete (grovel across or grab the undercling, lean back and find good holds above), and across the front face to belay on the nose. 
3. 20m (12, crux) Diagonally R across the face to a bottomless chimney. Belay at the top of the chimney.

And it will look like this:

Start at the R end of the base of the buttress.

  1. 43m (12) Up the slab (some fiddly pro) to L facing corner.

    Up corner to ramp. Belay at top of ramp.

  2. 12m (12) Move around the arete, then up. Airy traverse L around the arete (grovel across or grab the undercling, lean back and find good holds above), and across the front face to belay on the nose.

  3. 20m (12, crux) Diagonally R across the face to a bottomless chimney. Belay at the top of the chimney.

Internal LinksBack to contents

Enclose the name of a crag, area or route within double (or single) quotation marks and it will get turned into an internal link when that name appears on the same page. This should work on all pages for routes and areas that match (not case sensitive) within the top level crag. If the route name is a duplicate (eg 'Unknown') then the link will not be made. You can force a match by following the ending quote with '[nodeID]', where nodeID is the node identifier you want to link to (eg 'Unknown'[12345]).

You may also use route acronyms for sibling routes (eg '2 meters right of RIP', where there is a sibling route called 'Rest in Peace').

Note that Internal links are not enabled for all pages in the system.

Enter text like this:
Ironically, the Garra boulders area was discovered by accident by Rob Dixon 
and Brian Birchall whilst returning from a day at Nettle Buttress. The year 
was 1975. On this day they completed 'Hope' (16) and 'Charity' (14). 
Development continued through the following years with one of the best being 
the classic easy route 'Illusion' (13). The diagonal crack which is 
reminiscent of 'Kryptonite Crack'[12870613] at 'Arapiles'[11740915]. The tree 
stump that inspired the name has been destroyed.

And it will look like this:

Ironically, the Garra boulders area was discovered by accident by Rob Dixon and Brian Birchall whilst returning from a day at Nettle Buttress. The year was 1975. On this day they completed 'Hope' (16) and 'Charity' (14). Development continued through the following years with one of the best being the classic easy route 'Illusion' (13). The diagonal crack which is reminiscent of 'Kryptonite Crack' at 'Arapiles'. The tree stump that inspired the name has been destroyed.

External LinksBack to contents

Links to web sites and email addresses are automatically identified and displayed as such. However, these should be kept to a minimum as they will obviously not work in PDF guides or other channels of distribution. Whenever possible, please bring content to the site and not link to it so that the information can be properly displayed, and maintained over time. Using this capability for blatant advertising is not permitted.

Note that the external web address must have whitespace on either side for this feature to work.

Enter text like this:
You will find me at www.thecrag.com or https://www.thecrag.com and email me at support@thecrag.com

And it will look like this:

You will find me at www.thecrag.com or https://www.thecrag.com and email me at support@thecrag.com

If you want to embed the hyperlink in text (which might be very useful if the URL is long) you might create links by putting the text in brackets [ ] and the hyperlink directly afterwards in parentheses ( ).

Enter text like this:
The best climbing resource is [theCrag](www.thecrag.com).

And it will look like this:

The best climbing resource is theCrag.

GPS CoordinatesBack to contents

If you want to add specific GPS coordinates for e.g. a parking or an abseil anchor or any other point of interest simply do so by adding them in decimal degree format in parentheses. As everywhere else on the site, please add a minus for South and / or West and separate them with a comma.

The coordinates are automatically converted to a hyperlink that opens in Google Maps when you click on it.

Enter text like this:
Sydney Opera House:  

(-33.8580618, 151.213749)

(My house, -34.077876, 150.855652) - with optional label  

(:parking:, -34.077876, 150.855652 ) - with emoji icon label

And it will look like this:

Sydney Opera House:

(-33.8580618, 151.213749)

(My house-34.077876, 150.855652) - with optional label

(-34.077876, 150.855652) - with emoji icon label

Mentioning PeopleBack to contents

If you want to mention other users just enter '@' directly followed by the account name.

Enter text like this:
As @scd said.

And it will look like this:

As Simon Dale said.

EmojisBack to contents

You may also include emojis in text. Simply type the name of the emoji between 2 colons. You can find a full list of emojis and their respective names here. You can also use some shorthand emojis, :) as an example.

Enter text like this:
Full emojis are great! :thumbsup:

But so are the shorthand versions: 

* :)
* :-)
* :(
* :D
* :P
* :O
* :|
* :/
* ;)
* ;P
* <3

And it will look like this:

Full emojis are great!

But so are the shorthand versions:

QuotingBack to contents

If you want to enter a quote you might do so by entering text after '>' at the start of a line. Note the quote will continue across new lines until you have a blank line.

Enter text like this:
In the words of Michael J. Taran theCrag is a 
> Fantastic tool, and for sure the way of the future.

And it will look like this:

In the words of Michael J. Taran theCrag is a

Fantastic tool, and for sure the way of the future.

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