Before You Edit

The current text on your pages has already had formatting applied to it to make sure that the page is accessible and that it follows the BFA design style guide. The information below should be used to add new text to your page. It’s best practice to leave the current formatting as is.

The Format dropdown on the toolbar allows for a pre-defined element to be applied to text by selecting the element from the list.


The heading element not only changes the style of the text, but also adds code known as semantic markup to identify the structure of your content. It is very important to use headings correctly to make sure your content is accessible.

Headings should be applied in a hierarchical order (similar to an outline).

Heading 1

The most important heading on the page, there will only be one Heading 1 and this will always be applied to the page title. You do not need to add a Heading 1.

Heading 2

The first subheading of the page.

Heading 3

Heading 4

Heading 5

Headings 3-5 are additional headings under a Heading 2.


A paragraph is for basic text. If you do not apply a format element to your text, it will automatically be marked up as paragraph text.


The blockquote element is used to indicate a quotation of a large section of text from another source. It will also change the style of the quote.

This is what a blockquote looks like when applied from the format drop-down menu.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Integer nec odio. Praesent libero. Sed cursus ante dapibus diam. Sed nisi. Nulla quis sem at nibh elementum imperdiet. Duis sagittis ipsum. Praesent mauris. Fusce nec tellus sed augue semper porta. Mauris massa. Vestibulum lacinia arcu eget nulla. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Curabitur sodales ligula in libero.

Apply an Element from the Format Dropdown

To apply an element from the format dropdown:

  • Select the text you want to apply the element to
  • Click the format drop-down from the toolbar
  • Scroll to find the element and click it
  • This will apply the choice

Remove or Change the Applied Format

  • Place the cursor within an existing block of text, on a blank line, or select the text
  • Click the format dropdown, the applied format will be highlighted
  • Click the currently applied format to deselect it, this will change the text to Paragraph or choose a different element

Additional Resources

See, OU Campus Documents.