You can bring your engagement letters and templates to the next level and make them look awesome. Below you'll find different formatting techniques to give your templates that extra edge.

The Editor

The Editor is used to format your templates in Practice Ignition.

  • You can compose your template under the Write tab.
  • You can click on the </>Placeholders button to get the list of supported placeholders and the Formatting Help link on the top right of the editing space for more formatting tips. Formatting and placeholders are also discussed below in this article.
  • You can delete/archive an existing template by clicking on the X Archive button.
  • The Preview tab lets you preview what you've written to check if the formatting and placeholders you've used are working.

Basic Formatting

Here are a few formatting codes that you can use to get you started.

Bold Text

Wrap text with an asterisk (*) to make it bold

If you enter this:  

*This is bold* but this isn't.

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Underline

Wrap text with plus (+) to underline

If you enter this:  

+This is underlined+ but this isn't

Your client will see this:  

Italics

Wrap text with an underscore (_) to make it italic.

If you enter this:  

_This is italic_ but this isn't

Your client will see this:  

Links Within Text

Wrap text with quotation marks (") and immediately follow it with a colon (:) and the link.

If you enter this:  

Here's a "link to Practice Ignition":http://practiceignition.com

Your client will see this:  

Unordered Lists

Use an asterisk and a space (* ) in the beginning of each line. You can indent your list by adding a second asterisk.

If you enter this:  

* List item 1 
* List item 2
* List item 3

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If you enter this:  

* List item 1 
* List item 2
** Indented List Item 1
** Indented List Item 2
* List item 3

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Ordered Lists

Use a hash and space (# ) in the beginning of each line. You can indent your numbered list by adding a second hash.

If you enter this:  

# List item 1 
# List item 2
# List item 3

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If you enter this:  

# List item 1 
# List item 2
## Indented List Item 1
## Indented List Item 2
# List item 3

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Headings

You can make a line of text appear as a heading by putting an "h" followed by a number. In the context of this formatting, Heading 1 is the most important (or a general heading for a document) and Heading 6 is the least important (or a very specific sub-heading within the content). Leave a blank line after every heading by hitting enter twice.

If you enter this:  

h1. This is a Heading 1

This might be an introductory paragraph on the general topic.

h2. Heading 2 gets more specific

Now we're getting into the details.

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Aligning Text

To align text you can use these:

  • p<. align left
  • p>. align right
  • p=. centered

If you enter this:  

#p<. This text will align left

p>. This text will align right

p=. This text will be centered

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Advanced Formatting

More formatting codes to help you bring your templates to the next level.

Paragraphs

You can explicitly identify a paragraph with p.  (p-period-space) before the paragraph.

If you enter this:  

p. This is one paragraph.

p. This is another.

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Block Quotations

Block quotations designate long quotations where a paragraph break is appropriate. Insert bq. before the paragraph. It ends with a blank line.

If you enter this:  

Even Mr. Sedaris, a noted luddite, has
finally succumbed to doing his writing
on a computer. The Internet, however,
remains an idiotic trifle:

bq. I've never seen the Internet. I don't have
email. I just enjoy lying on the couch and
reading a magazine. When people say, "You
should visit my Web page," I'm always
perplexed by it. Why? What do you do there?
Haven't we all pondered that at one time or
another?

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Indentation

Text can be indented with single parentheses after a paragraph tag. For each parenthesis, it will indent a space the equivalent of the width of the letter M.

If you enter this:  

p(. Left pad 1em.

p)). Right pad 2em.

p(). Pad both left and right sides 1em.

Your client will see this:  

Registered Trademark and Copyright Symbol

The copyright, registered, and trademark symbols can be produced by placing the letters in parentheses.

If you enter this:  

RegisteredTrademark(r), Trademark(tm), and Copyright (c) 2008

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Mixed Nested Lists

You can nest ordered lists inside unordered lists and vice-versa.

If you enter this:  

Three reasons to walk to work:

# It saves fuel
# It's good for your health
** Walking burns calories
** Time outside means lower stress
# It's good for the environment

Your client will see this:  

Footnotes

To reference a footnote, place the footnote number in square brackets [1]. Don’t forget the corresponding footnote at the bottom of the page (fn1).

If you enter this:  

Three reasons to walk to work:

42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.[1]

fn1. "Dr. Katz":http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Steven_Wright

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Citation

Cite the title of a work (e.g. a book, paper, essay, poem, score, song, script, film, TV show, game, sculpture, painting, theater production, play, opera, musical, exhibition, or anything other work whose title is italicized in traditional style guides) by surrounding it with two question marks on either side. This can be a work that is being quoted or referenced in detail (i.e. a citation), or it can just be a work that is mentioned in passing.

If you enter this:  

My wife's favorite book is ??The Count of Monte Cristo?? by Dumas.

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Insertions and Deletions

To indicate a passage which has been deleted, surround it with minuses (-). To indicate an insertion, use pluses (+).

If you enter this:  

The news networks declared -Al Gore- +George W. Bush+ the winner in Florida.

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If your insertion or deletion isn’t being recognized or is being confused with another modifier, you can make it more explicit by surrounding it with square brackets.

If you enter this:  

[-this was deleted-] [+this was added+] to the paragraph

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Superscript and Subscript

Superscript and subscript phrases are surrounded with caret (^) and tilde (~) characters, respectively.

If you enter this:  

f(x, n) = log ~4~ x ^n^

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Language

If you enter this:  

p[fr]. Parlez-vous français ?

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Tables

Simple tables are made by separating each cell with vertical bar. Begin the cell with _. to indicate the cell is a heading.

If you enter this:  

|_. Name|_. Age|
|Walter|5|
|Florence|6|

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You can make a table cell span rows or columns with a slash or backslash and the number to span. Classes, IDs, style, and alignment are also possible on table cells as with other elements.

If you enter this:  

|{background:#ddd}. Cell with background|Normal|
|\2=. Cell spanning 2 columns|
|/2. Cell spanning 2 rows|one|
|two|
|>. Right-aligned cell|<. Left-aligned cell|

Your client will see this:  

HTML Integration and Escapement

We support HTML. If you need any additional information on HTML integration, click here.

Images

It is possible to embed images in the engagement template and service descriptions using a permanent link from your website.

The link on the photos is hosted on Practice Ignition’s website. Insert your own photo in your template by surrounding the link with exclamation points 

!www.yourwebsite.com/yourphoto.jpg!

Preview the result by clicking on the Preview tab.

Note: We do not offer technical support through our help desk if the images are not displayed. Please use images in your templates at your own discretion.

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