(This is a rewrite of a request from years ago.)
Message Posted: Apr 27, 2012 4:53:17 AM
I think the forum should recognize an internal syntax for a few simple font changes -- in particular, [B]...[/B] for bold, [I]...[/I] for italic, [U]...[/U] for underlined, [S]...[/S] for strikethrough, and [C]...[/C] for constant-width (aka code font). I believe these should be easy to implement; the forum software already does a "convert to html" step, and these would just have to be converted to the corresponding HTML tags <B>, <I>, <U>, <S>, and <CODE>. (I do *not* recommend including a blinking font.)
I recognize that even if the internal syntax is easy to deal with, a corresponding UI change (convenience buttons) would probably require significantly more work. But I recommend rolling out the easy part anyway, and deferring the UI to a future release. I'd be OK with typing the brackets by hand (I already do that most of the time for links!), and it would give early adopters a chance to shake out any bugs before providing it to the masses by means of buttons.