Specifically, I am using Counter Text with MAX7 SP1 and am trying to get the right syntax so that I get a display of:
I see that this is possible according to the sample image of Counter Text on the download page. Are there examples of syntax for different uses somewhere? Obviously, I know very little about Maxscript.
Well... the non-beta versions of CounterText have a help document in the zip file. Please download the r4 version and check the help file in it. There is a section explaning the format with some examples.
Don't hesitate to ask if the help file is not useful for your needs.