Hm... seems like you're using IE. Can I suggest a better browser, such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera? There are other choices too.

If you wanna stick with IE, or can't switch, I'll warn you right now, while most of this site should work with IE, stuff might come up buggy, so you might not enjoy it as much...

DM/PC Posting with Notepad++

Oct 16, 2015 10:28 pm
Post Formatting using Notepad++

Hey GP DM's and Players,
I have created a UDL (User Defined Language) for Notepad++ for posting on Gamer's Plane that I use for my games. I use it because I am ridiculous, and just in case you're like me, you might like this. Too many illegible error messages in the early days of IT perhaps? Maybe years of hobby coding and web design? What ever the reason, I like information laid out so I can pick things out at a glance.

I tend to pre-type everything in Notepad++ before I post it on Gamer's Plane. Much of my game posts are in this format, but I by no means type out every response to the thread in the file. Any major posts I might keep for record or edit later I use this method. I keep it all in a folder on Google Drive, so I can access it from any device and keep a history of the game. I tend to work in Notepad++ on a PC or laptop.

Note: Notepad++ is a great program for basic text editing, coding or just about anything else. It has tons of plug-ins for spell-checking and many other community additions. I recommend getting it from Ninite.com if you want to download it. This will insure you don't get any free-ware/ad-ware or any silly installers. Matter of fact you can check multiple boxes on Ninite and it will build an installer with everything you picked. You can run it at any time to update the programs the original download installed.

More information on Notepad++ at Notepad-plus-plus.org.

You may find all this silly, or you may find it cool, either way I figured I would share it with you.
-DMKiado

So the easiest way to show you what I setup for Notepad++ is to just show you a screenshot. You will see colorized "operators" or BB Code for forum posts on Gamer's Plane.
Example Screenshot:
http://i882.photobucket.com/albums/ac23/dmkiado/gp_udl_example_zpsqtppsvn2.jpg

For anyone that has ever coded in regular Notepad (which I highly suggest you do when learning something) it can get hard to tell where something begins and ends, and maybe even more so in a document that could be full of long paragraphs. With this setup you can spot where your forum code is at a glance, see your colors and even add comments (single or multi-line) to the file if you want, and collapse posts to have multiple posts tracked in one file.
Note: Comments are for document use only. They would not be hidden and comments would be displayed like anything else in the post. So don't copy and paste comments thinking they won't show up. This isn't a programming language, just a visual tool.
How it works is real self explanitory in my opinion. You should be able to tell everything from the screenshot. It's simple and just something I made for personal use, but thought it might be something someone else could use. I am not going to spend time documenting it heavily, and there is really nothing to document.

The three main features besides colorizing the Forum operators are collapsable post section, collapsable copy section, and ability to put in comments and markers for comments.

Collapsable Post: "#NewPost" and "#EndPost"
Collapsable Copy: "#StartCopy" and "#EndCopy"
Comments: "##" Single Line, "!#" and "#!" for multiple lines.
Four Markers: TODO, EDIT, ADD, REMOVE (Should be in Comment lines.)
File Extension: If you give your text file a ".gpp" extension, the language file will be picked automatically. You can pick it for any text file though.

Installation:
1. You will need to download and install Notepad++ first. (See notes above.)

2. Once you are in Notepad++, go to Language -> Define Your Language. Once the UDL screen comes up, just hit "CreateNew" call it anything you want, then close Notepad++. This will create a file in "%appdata%\Notepad++" folder called "userDefineLang.xml" which you will need to copy and paste the XML that I provide into that file, in that folder. (Put "%appdata%\Notepad++" in the "RUN" box on Windows)

3. Grab the XML I have created here. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6DKC5sBFrGpLWktNEdkeWZoRlk/view?usp=sharing) You can just copy everything from "<UserLang>" to "</UserLang>".

4. Open the "userDefineLang.xml" file in "%appdata%\Notepad++" and paste what you copied before. It should start with "<UserLang>" and end at "</UserLang>".

5. Start (or close and restart) the Notepad++ Application and you should see "GamersPlane" on the bottom of the "Language" menu.

More details on installing UDLs: Notepad++ WIKI for UDL

That's about it. Feel free to post questions if you have any, call me names, or whatever. Hopefully some other anal retentive bastard like me will use it.

I will make another post soon about how I used AutoHotKey with this method to speed up formatting if there is any interest.
Last edited October 17, 2015 5:21 pm, a total of 4 times
Oct 16, 2015 11:20 pm
You, Sir, are awesome!
Oct 17, 2015 5:29 am
I... that... wow.

Um... +1? I donno, heh, I have no rewards to give.
Oct 17, 2015 5:04 pm
No rewards needed man. I just made it for personal use a few weeks ago, added the collapsing parts a couple of days ago, and found it worked well of me, so thought I would share.
Oct 17, 2015 5:19 pm
Also, some people may see the ASCII codes in the Installation section, and some may not. You need a backslash in the RUN command for the "%AppData%(backslash)Notepad++" if you don't see the backslash above.

If you see "" 3 and 4, instead of the actual XML header, just look for UserLang in the file, you will get it.

Edit: I figured out what it is, my ASCII codes only convert once, so when I edit the document it flips them to the actual characters, which then don't process right when I submit again. (Not a bug or anything, it's the way browsers interpret characters.) The beauty is though, I just re-paste the actual post with my method described above. :)
Last edited October 17, 2015 5:23 pm, a total of 1 time
Oct 24, 2015 2:10 pm
This is definitely cool -- but not sure it suits how I operate. I need to think about how I could incorporate such a thing! On the other hand, I do like the idea that I could do some work and be stopped by Life and have it on onedrive or google drive and know that it's all saved up and I can pick it up somewhere else.
Oct 26, 2015 6:02 pm
falryx says:
This is definitely cool -- but not sure it suits how I operate. I need to think about how I could incorporate such a thing! On the other hand, I do like the idea that I could do some work and be stopped by Life and have it on onedrive or google drive and know that it's all saved up and I can pick it up somewhere else.
Yeah, it just suits my style of pre-formatting any big post. I also keep notes in each file. My DM'ed game has about six text files for various things, then I am have a single file for the other 3 games I am in.

I originally just made it to highlight the italic, bold, and other general tags used in posts, and just added a few other things for organization. Totally not for everyone's style though. I can be overkill on things sometimes. A simple text file though, just isn't enough for me. :)
Feb 5, 2016 8:51 pm
I will update with this with new commands over the weekend. (Because I need it. :) )
Aug 9, 2016 12:44 am
This is great!

Just as a suggestion, Notepad++ has an import button on the UDL screen so you could download the xml file DMKaido linked to and then just import it. No need to edit your XML directly.

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