How to Format Package Descriptions

ReadySetAuction uses a markup system called Textile for description formatting. It’s simpler and faster to learn than HTML, the web’s “native” formatting language. here’s a quick guide for formatting your package descriptions.

Basic Formatting: Bold, Italics, Links, and More

To create bold text, surround the text with asterisks like this: *this text will be bold*.

To create italicized text, surround the text with underscores like this: _this text will be italicized_.

To create strike-through text, surround the text with minus signs like this: -this text will be strike-through-.

Links are a little more complicated. It works like this: "link text":http://example.com/. The “link text” is the text that people will click to follow the link, and the web address after the colon is the address you’re linking to.

Making Lists

Bulleted Lists

Create bulleted lists by starting each list item on a new line, and preceding it with an asterisk followed by a space. So this:

* Item one
* Item two
* Item three

Becomes this:

  • Item one
  • Item two
  • Item three

Numbered Lists

Create bulleted lists by starting each list item on a new line, and preceding it with a pound sign (AKA number sign, hash, octothorpe) followed by a space. So this:

# Item one
# Item two
# Item three

Becomes this:

  1. Item one
  2. Item two
  3. Item three

Nested and Mixed Lists

You can nest both kinds of lists, including nesting numbered lists inside bulleted lists and vice-versa. For example, this:

* Item A
## item 1
## item 2
## item 3
* Item B
** item x
** item y
** item z
* Item C

Becomes this:

  • Item A
    1. item 1
    2. item 2
    3. item 3
  • Item B
    • item x
    • item y
    • item z
  • Item C

Avoiding Textile Formatting


Sometimes you just want to surround something with asterisks without making it bold. How do you do that? By first surrounding it with two equal signs, like this: ==this *text* won't get _any_ Textile formatting==.

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