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Template example

Main purpose is to provide a simple alternative to the fairly complicated Signature XML.

The image to the right is an example of what the final template creation page may look like. Everything is controlled with the template markup presented here.

Create custom template

Start off with an empty signature of one of the following sizes.

  • 468x136 (ARC limit)
  • 468x60 (Full size banner)
  • 350x70
  • 350x19 (Userbar)
  • 234x60 (Half size banner)

To start just create a signature in advanced mode with one of specified resolutions then add your template block on top of it.

The template options is set inside a XML comment (<!-- -->) on the first line spanning multiple lines down.


Template data goes here
            <line>Hello World!</line>

To test your template you have to switch to simple mode (for access contact antennen on forum, IRC or PM).

Note When testing templates it always uses the value set in simple edit mode for variables, not the default one. To reset to default values just hit reset in simple edit mode.


The template data is whitespace sensitive. It means that indentation is crucial. An indentation level can be either a tab or 4 spaces. Anything more or less will cause things to malfunction.

    title:       Group title
    description: Group description

        title:            Variable name
        description:      Variable description
        module:           modulename
            argumentname: value

In short this means the following:

  • No indentation means the beginning of a new group.
  • One level of indentation means the beginning of a variable unless name equals title or description.
  • Two levels of indentation contains variable properties such as title, description and properties.
  • Third level contains arguments passed to the module.

The colons are important. Everything without the colon is considered a comment regardless of the indentation level.


Reference categorized after indentation level.

Level One

Name Description Optional
group name Title of group in SigMath. Must start with a letter and may contain alpha-numeric characters. No

Level Two

Name Description Optional
variable name title of variable in SigMath. Must start with a letter and may contain alpha-numeric characters. No
title Sets group label on wizard page. Default is group name Yes
description Sets the description of the group Yes

Level Three

Name Description Optional
title Sets variable label on wizard page. Default is variable name. Yes
description Sets the description of the variable Yes
regex Regular expression (PCRE) that removes the matched characters. For instance /\D+/ removes all non-numrical characters. Yes
value Default value of variable No
module Module to use. Available modules are slider, color, dropdown and input. Default is input. Yes

Level Four

Categorized after module.


Creates a checkbox that returns a boolean value (true or false).

Name Description Optional
No arguments available


Makes a color picker appear when form is clicked.

Name Description Optional
No arguments available


Name Description Optional
value Sets label for value At least one value is required


An up to date dropdown with all available fonts.

Name Description Optional
No arguments available


Standard text input.

Name Description Optional
No arguments available


A dragable slider below the input. Makes sure value is within the bounds on post.

Name Description Optional
start Sets slider's start value (left end). Default is 0. Yes
end Sets slider's end value (right end). Default is 100. Yes

Accessing Variables

Accessing the variables assigned in the template is done through SigMath by $Group_variable. The variable world of the group Hello will be accessed like this.

{{ $Hello_world }}


An example template that utilizes every module.

        title:       Opacity
        description: The text's opacity. 100 is opaque.
        module:      slider
        value:       70
            start:   10
        title:       Color
        module:      color
        value:       #ffffff
        title:       Face
        module:      fonts
        value:       verdana

        title:       Mood
        module:      dropdown
        value:       naughty
            naughty: Naughty
            happy:   Happy
            sad:     Sad
        title:       Display personal words
        module:      checkbox
        value:       true
        title:       Personal words
        value:       Haikus are easy. But sometimes they don't make sense. Refrigerator.
            alpha="{{ $Text_alpha }}"
            color="{{ $Text_color }}"
        <text face="{{ $Text_face }}">
            <line>My name is {{ $Sig_username }}. I am {{ $Misc_mood }}</line>
            <line display="{{ $Misc_displaywords }}">{{ $Misc_words }}</line>