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Formatting Passage Text

Updated Jul 30, 2021

When you are editing passage text, you may use the formatting options accessible within the editor to make text bold, italicized, underlined, etc.

Additional text formatting tags are available on the Formatting tab of the passage text editor. These are built-in pre-defined formatting tags. Each available tag has default properties, as described in the sections of this lesson. However, you can control the format of these tags by editing your default stylesheet.

Use Formatting Options

To format text using the formatting options, select text or a paragraph and click one of the formatting icons [1]. Hover the cursor over an icon to see what it does.

To view and edit the passage as HTML, click the Source icon [2].

Open Formatting Tags

To format text using tags, click the Formatting tab within the passage text editor.

Poetry

When previewed, text formatted with the Poetry tag has no indents and every Nth line is numbered, where N is an integer.

To use the Poetry tag:

  1. Enter text and select it. Or, click in a blank space where you want the formatted text to appear.
  2. Click Poetry from the Formatting tab. If you selected existing text, it becomes encapsulated with a Poetry tag border. If you clicked in a blank spot, enter or paste text into the poetry tag border.

To specify an interval for numbering lines, click within the poetry tag border and make a selection from the “Number Nth Line” drop-down menu, located to the right. Every Nth line will be numbered. The default for N is 5.

Save the passage to preview it.

Reference: Inline

When previewed, text formatted with this tag has a number inserted between parentheses to the left of the text. The numbering is sequential with other text formatted with this tag or with the “Numbered Reference: Block" tag.

To use this tag:

  1. Enter text and select it. Or, click in a blank space where you want the formatted text to appear.
  2. Click Reference: Inline from the Formatting tab. 
  3. If you selected existing text, the text appears in a REF:A tag. If you clicked in a blank spot, enter text into the REF:A tag where it says, "Text."

You may apply this tag to other pieces of text and the numbering will be sequential. If you need to re-start the numbering or use a different group of numbers:, apply the tag, click on it, and then use the "Group ID" drop-down menu to use a different reference group.

Save the passage to preview it.

Reference: Block

When previewed, text formatted with this tag has a number to the left and the first line is indented. The numbering is sequential with other text formatted with this tag or with the “Reference: Inline" tag.

To use this tag:

  1. Enter text and select it. Or, click in a blank space where you want the formatted text to appear.
  2. Click Reference: Block from the Formatting tab.
  3. If you selected existing text, it becomes encapsulated with a REFERENCE tag border. If you clicked in a blank spot, enter or paste text into the space within the border.

You may apply this tag to other pieces of text and the numbering will be sequential. If you need a new numbering group or to re-start the numbering, apply the tag, select it, and then use the "Group ID" drop-down menu to use a different numbering group.

Save the passage to preview it. The following image contains 3 paragraphs formatted with a Reference: Block tag:

Footnote and Footnotes

Two tags (Footnote and Footnotes) work in conjunction with one another for creating footnotes. When previewed, text formatted with the Footnote tag has a superscripted number to the right that is in sequence with other footnotes. A description of the footnote is associated with it. The Footnotes tag displays the footnote references, usually at the bottom of the passage.

To use these tags to create a footnote:

  1. Enter text and select it. Or, click in a blank space where you want the formatted text to appear.
  2. Click Footnote from the Formatting tab.
  3. If you selected existing text, it becomes encapsulated with FN tag border. If you clicked in a blank spot, enter text into where it says “Footnote Text.”

Enter a description for the footnote reference into the “Footnote” text area.

You may apply this tag to other pieces of text and the numbering will be sequential. 

To specify the location of the footnotes:

  1. Click in the passage where they should appear.
  2. Choose Footnotes from the Formatting tab. A FOOTNOTES tag border appears.

Save the passage to preview it.

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