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This guide provides instructions and information about Stanford Web Services Jumpstart platform, based on Drupal 7.

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Add more formatting styles

Depending on the format of your content (e.g., normal text, link, image), there will be different styles available to you. Refer to the Style Guide for examples of formatting options and styles.

  1. Select the content you would like to format.
  2. Click the Format or Styles drop-down arrow.
  3. Click the style you want to apply.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save.


Use the Descriptor under the Styles drop-down menu to highlight information about an item such as news item, event, or person.  This descriptive text displays on its own line, and is typically a date, time, location, or a person’s title.

Example of a news item using Descriptor:

October 1, 1891

Stanford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. In the early morning hours, construction workers were still preparing the Inner Quadrangle for the ceremonies. The great arch at the western end had been backed with panels of red and white cloth to form an alcove where dignitaries would sit.


Use Credits under the Styles drop-down menu to acknowledge image credit information.  Credits text displays on its own line below the body, and is typically a person’s name or organization title.

Example of a line of text using Credits:

Image Credits: Stanford News

Summary Paragraph

Use the Summary Paragraph under the Styles drop-down menu to highlight a paragraph or quote.  

Example of a quote using Summary Paragraph:

“the wind of freedom blows.”