[smalltalk-central] Editorial Tasks

Mark D. Roberts mroberts at cincom.com
Sat Sep 30 01:03:16 BST 2006


Here's a brief run-down on some common editorial tasks:

How do I edit an existing document?

   * Log In
         Note: you must belong to the "Editors" group to edit public documents.

   * View the document you wish to edit

   * Click on Edit, below the body of the document content
         This will allow you to edit all fields, except the title.
         The content is the body of the document. This should be formatted 
HTML, with each paragraph inside <p></p>.
         The summary and content are required. All other fields are optional.

   * Click Submit
         The document is immediately updated.

How do I publish News Items or Events?

A news items is a document in the "News" section of the database and an 
Event is in the "Events" section. Note that one document may be in both 
sections.

To publish:

   * Log In
         Note: you must belong to the "Editors" group to publish in News or 
Events.

   * Click on Create News Item in the center column
         Now, fill out the form.
         The title should be descriptive and unique.
         The summary should be a plain text string. It may contain hyperlinks.
         The content is the body of the document. This should be formatted 
HTML, with each paragraph inside <p></p>.
         The rest of the fields are optional.
         Source, if present, must be a full URL 
(http://myServer.com/something). If you provide a source, the title of the 
news item will link directly to that URL.
         The Start Date, End Date, and Removal Date are for events. If you 
add Start and End, then the item is considered an event and also added to 
the list of Events.
         If the event is a single day, just use the same day for both Start 
and End.
         The date format should be like "7 Oct 2006".
         The Removal Date is optional, but this allows you to keep the 
event posted for some amount of time after it is over.

   * Click Submit
         Last step -- you're done.

For events, the next time you log in to Smalltalk-Central, you should see 
your new event in the right-hand column. Events are only summarized once 
when you begin a session or log in.

Note: in the current layout, there is not a lot of horizontal space for the 
event name, so it's best to keep the title concise.


How do I publish an RSS item as News?

Smalltalk-Central has an RSS aggregator, and makes it simple to publish 
incoming RSS items as News.

   * Log In
         Note: you must belong to the "Editors" group to publish news items.

   * Click on Feeds in the left-hand column, in the Content section
         This displays the Community Feeds section, everything that has 
been recently gathered by the RSS aggregator
         Following each item that has not yet been published as news, 
you'll see a link: [Publish as News]

   * Click on Publish as News
         This will allow you to edit the summary that appears on the News page

   * Click Submit
         The last step -- you're done.


Cheers,

M 
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