For creating discussion topics, replies, and tasks, Forum provides both an HTML editor and a plain text editor, which are available for all supported browsers. This page
describes both editors.
The HTML editor is available by default. You can enter
and format the text just as you do with other word-processing applications. For example, to make a word bold, select
that word, then click on the
button in the top-left corner of the Text box. As another
example, to add a line break, press and hold the Shift key, then press the Enter key. This method creates less space
than the Enter key alone, which begins a new paragraph. (Otherwise, the text wraps automatically.)
You can also cut and paste text from other applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Wordpad, Notepad, and more.
To add HTML tags directly, click the
button (which displays another window containing the HTML), edit the HTML code directly, and click to have your HTML changes reflected on the Forum page.
- If you want to include a link within the text, first enter the text that you would like to show up as the link (for example SiteScape's Web Site). Highlight the text and then use the Link button on the HTML editor to open the Insert/Edit Link screen. Enter the URL for the link (for example http://www.sitescape.com) and identify if you want the link opened in a new browser window or in a new frame, and so on. The Title field of the screen provides only additional text on a mouse-over of the link, it does not enter the link text. Click to save your changes and return to the HTML editor.
- If you copy and paste a table into the editor, and if you want to delete it, right click on the table, and select Delete table.
- Using Internet Explorer with Forum Version 8.0, if you click the
button, the HTML-edit window pops up behind the window in which you are currently modifying an entry. To view the HTML-edit window, use the method appropriate for your operating system that places a window in front of all other open windows (with Windows, you can use Alt+Tab; with a Macintosh system, you can use Command+Tab).
The editor checks spelling as you enter text, and it flags misspelled words with red underlining. To make sure that the spell checking is complete, click the
button in the toolbar
Immediately upon creating or modifying an entry, you can switch from the HTML editor to the text editor by clicking on the Stop using the HTML editor link at the bottom of the text box. However, if you have entered text into the editor, be sure to copy or cut the text from the editor before switching; otherwise, you lose your changes.
When you create an entry using the standard text editor, you have choices about how to
format the text. Forum lists these choices as radio buttons in the "Formatting
options" row just below the text box. The formatting options are:
- Forum formats the text that you enter in this way:
- If you press the Enter key or place blank lines in the text, they appear in the completed entry.
- If you place blank spaces at the beginning of a line, they appear in the completed entry.
- If you place more than one blank space between words, Forum deletes the extra spaces.
- If you specify http:// in the text, it appears as an active link in the completed entry.
- Our software displays the text exactly as typed, in Courier font.
- Forum assumes that you enter HTML tags in the text. The HTML tags determine the formatting.
Always check your HTML coding. If you fail to close some of the HTML tags,
the entry page may not display correctly, and may even affect the display of the Forum page.
You may also access spell checking by clicking the Check spelling... link.
Forum provides alternate spellings for words it does not recognize.