There are a number of basic formatting options within the quiz builder. Simply by using the options in the question editor, you can make your text bold, italic and underlined. You can also set your text slightly above or below the normal line of type using superscript and subscript (respectively).

Formatting Your Questions with HTML

There may be times when you want to edit your note beyond this. This is where HTML steps in. HTML formatting is also useful for accessibility reasons and for people who use screen readers To format your questions, you will need to insert the HTML into the question sheet you are importing (see below). The quiz builder will not accept any code written directly on the platform.


For longer questions, you may need to use paragraphs. To create new paragraphs for new ideas or points, use the <p> element to define a new paragraph. You always need a closing </p> tag at the end of your paragraph.

<p>For example, this is paragraph 1.</p>
<p>Paragraph 2 is defined by a new set of p tags.</p>

Font Emphasis


The HTML <strong> element defines text with strong importance. The content inside is displayed in bold:

<strong>This text is very important!</strong>


The HTML <i> element defines a part of the text in an emphasised manner. The content inside is typically displayed in italic:

<i>This text is italic</i>


The HTML <mark> element defines text that should be marked or highlighted:

<p>Remember to <mark>water the plants</mark> today.</p>

Subscript Text

The HTML <sub> element defines subscript text. Subscript text appears half a character below the normal line and is sometimes rendered in a smaller font. Subscript text can be used for chemical formulas, like H2O:

<p>This is <sub>subscripted</sub> text.</p>

Superscript Text

The HTML <sup> element defines superscript text. Superscript text appears half a character above the normal line and is sometimes rendered in a smaller font. Superscript text can be used in mathematical equations:

<p>9<sup>2</sup>= 81</p>

Special Characters

In HTML, special characters are typically those that can't be easily typed into a keyboard or may cause display issues if typed or pasted into a web page. If you want to use special characters in your questions or answers, you should use either the HTML entity name or the HTML entity number. This will ensure that it displays correctly in most/all browsers.

For example: &#38; (entity number) and &amp; (entity name) will both display an '&' symbol. The entity name and number will always start with an & and end with a semicolon. To find a full list of special characters you can insert with HTML, try this website.


There are endless possibilities for the things you can do with HTML. If you want to delve further into HTML formatting, try one of the following websites:

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