The '@' character separates your text across cows. Sticking in an '@' puts the following text in a new cow. For example, this creates three cows:
Mooo? @ Moooo. @ Mooo!
Note that there is a space both before and after the '@'. This is very important! Without it, the '@' will remain part of the message. For example, this becomes one cow's message:
I'm a cow. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm @cow on Twitter. I don't use Facebook.
You can tweak the behavior of the cow generator by putting certain characters after the '@'. Specifically:
As a special case, if the first two characters are '@@', the first '@' is dropped and the rest of the sequence is inserted into the text. This lets you make the cow say things that would otherwise be separators:
A separator looks like this: @@>!.
Unfortunately, this website can only deal with plain, old-school ASCII text. All other characters are replaced with '?'.
The underlying reason for this is that
depends on the fonts having a fixed width (i.e. all characters take up
exactly the same amount of space on the screen.) The default fixed
font doesn't do this for (most) non-ASCII characters and this wrecks
Think of it as replicating an 1980's North American computing experience.
There is a link to a view-only version of this dialog at the bottom of the page labeled "view-only". Copy it to your clipboard (on Firefox, this is right-click and "Copy Link Location"; other browsers may vary) and paste it into your preferred messaging system.
There's also a link labeled "editable" that opens your dialog in a normal moo.party page for when you want your recipient to be able to edit it.