mIRC uses <nick>, which can't be changed with a mIRC setting, however, the default display can be halted and replaced with a custom one.
Yup this is what I was after. I am well aware that normal text, action text and notice text are presented differently in mIRC.
Sorry I wasn't terribly clear with what I wanted. I basically want to know if and how I can get the format in which mIRC would be presenting a text event although MikeChat your post has led me to consider that it would be helpful if I could get the formats for the action and notice events too. mIRC standard is I believe:
TEXT: $timestampfmt <$nick> $1-
ACTION: $timestampfmt * $nick $1-
NOTICE (CHAN): $timestampfmt -$nick:$chan- $1-
NOTICE (PRIV): $timestampfmt -$nick- $1-
and I correct me if I am wrong but I believe that the < > for the text, the asterisk for the action, and the hyphens/colon for notice can't be changed with a mirc setting.
Is it possible to get from a theme (which I guess aside from a direct script to halt and custom replace is the only way to change the mIRC output format) what the output format is going to be?