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Adding content to a page

Once you have started your page by giving it a short name and a title, you can then add content. The 'Summary' box appears on every page - you can use this to create a synopsis of the page if it would be useful (it is used in collections) - it is styled to appear in bold text - but many people choose not to use it.

To add content to the rest of the page you use the 'body text' box, which has an in-built editor (see Adding text to the home page for an overview of the editor):

The edit window

You can expand the window by pulling the bottom right corner.

The icons at the top of the editing box have title tags that indicate how you use them, you can type straight into the window, creating paragraphs automatically when you add returns. To add links you highlight the type you want to be the link text and click on the chain icon to add or edit a link (you are then given the option to go to the file system to find the file you want to link to, or paste in the url and are able to check the destination). There are a number of styles built in for you - highlight the text you wish to apply the style to and go to the pop-down list to select the style you wish to add.

If you have more complex requirements or wish to paste in html you already have, select the 'HTML' button and the editing icons disappear, letting you edit the html directly, you can then update the code and go back to the editing window. The system will quietly remove forbidden items, like javascript or inline styling. Bear in mind that the page title is the h1 heading for the page, so the first heading level in the body text will be h2 (styled in the pop-down list as 'Subheading').

If you want to copy and paste content from elsewhere, be aware that often the copy-and-paste process will pick up formatting from the document (the worst culprit being Microsoft Word). This is a weakness in through-the-web editors. You can paste text from Word or paste text without formatting by using the The paste-from-word button or The paste-as-text button buttons.

Long pages

If you have pages with a lot of content, broken up into sections with headings, you can format the page to automatically have a table of contents at the top. To do this, when you are editing the page, so to the 'Settings' tab at the top of the page and check the box next to 'Table of contents' and save. You will not see the table of contents in the 'edit' view of the page, only when viewing it.

Adding tables

Within the body text editing bar there is an icon for ‘insert/edit table’ Button to insert table that, after you have specified number of rows and columns, inserts for you an adjustable table framework. You can style the table when you create it (or afterwards) by selecting a style from the pop-down list:

table controls

'Standard' gives the University house style table with a grey grid, alternating tinted rows and sized to fit the window; 'Bare' is unstyled, and 'Subdued grid' is a standard Plone style. If you click on the table to select it, you can go back to the controls panel to add and remove columns and change the style. Once you have created a table and click within it, several other buttons become available in the editing bar - the button labels explain what they do. Click within each cell in the top row, an apply the style 'Table header' from the pop-down style list to add a darker tint.

How to style table header cells

Example tables

With no class applied to table:

Col 1Col 2
one two
three four

With style 'Standard' applied to table and style 'Table header' applied to cells in first row:

Col 1Col 2
one two
three four

You can use the arrow keys to move from cell to cell. Once you have added the content to the table, save the page.

If you have a complex table, you may want to assemble it in an html editor and then paste it into the html view of your editor window.

Publishing pages

After you have saved your changes, you are then taken to view the page, and if you are ready, you should publish it so that any site user can see it. To do this:

  • select the right-hand 'state' tab
  • choose 'publish' from the pop-down

If you wish to assemble the content in full before publishing it, you can publish the folder and contents later (see Bulk publishing).