true your method would work but i think if he added simply ONE thing to his ... his would also work like this:
var %tempmsg [color:red]=[/color] $time(HH:nn:ss) $date(m/d/yyyy) 13ChanMessage: <3 $+ $chan $+ 12\4 $+ $address($nick,5) $+ > $1-

just adding the = would have done the trick to make his work ...... just a simple lil missing thing and it annoys ya so u cant figure out whats wrong ..... lol ive had my share of them