The Editing Page is where Conductor administrators can make changes to the formatting and content of an individual page–editing the text, images, and video.

Effectively managing content in Conductor involves understanding the tools available in the editor and best practices for applying those tools.

Editing a Page

The information on this page focuses on the editor.

For information about the other fields on the Editing Page, review Adding a Page.

Tools Legend

Tool Button Description Details
Cut

Cut

 

Remove and copy highlighted text  
Copy

Copy

 

Copy highlighted text  
Undo and Redo

Undo And Redo

 

Reverse previous action  
Check Spelling

Spellchecker

 

Enable Spell Check As You Type (SCAYT)  
Maximize Editor Window

Maximize Editor Window

 

Expand editor window to include entire browser window  
View Source Code

Source

 

Toggle content view between real-time editing and source code  
Check Accessibility

Check Accessibility

 

Scan page content for accessibility concerns; usually offers a quick fix option for identified issues Accessibility and Usability
Styles Menu

Styles Dropdown

 

Sometimes available to add/remove styles (for example: No border around images) Removing border from images
Paragraph Formatting Menu (Headings)

Paragraph Formatting Dropdown

 

Select or apply paragraph styles: normal or Headings 2, 3, 4, 5 Best Practices: Headings
Text Formatting

Basic Formatting Tools

 

Select or apply text styles: Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, xxxxxSubscript, xxxxxSuperscript Best Practices: Text Formatting
Remove Formatting

Remove Formatting

 

Strip out formatting. (Does not remove headings, paragraphs, or links)  
Lists

Lists

 

Apply an ordered or bulleted list Best Practices: Lists
Outdent and Indent

Outdent And Indent

 

Increase or decrease the left margin of a paragraph  
Blockquote

Blockquote

 

Apply Blockquote style: Increase left and right margin and style text (styles vary per website)  
Table

Tables

 

Insert a table Best Practices: Tables
Horizontal Rule

Horizontal Rule

 

Insert a horizontal rule–a visible divider  
Insert Special Character

Special Character

 

Insert a special character  
Embed Video

Video Embed

 

Embed video using embed code from a video hosting service (such as YouTube or Vimeo) or a YouTube URL Managing and inserting video
Link and Unlink

Link

 

Create or edit a link: URL, mailto, anchor; unlink existing links Links
Anchor

Anchor

 

Insert an anchor Links: Anchors
About CKEditor

About Ckeditor

 

Information about CKEditor, the real-time editor employed by the Web Team to make editing content possible in Conductor  

Best Practices & Tips

Pasting & Plain Text

Apply all formatting within the Conductor editor. Do not expect styles or formatting to transfer effectively from external sources. Use typical paste commands (Mac: command + v, PC: control + v, or right-clicking to reveal the edit menu) to add content to the Editor. Content will be automatically stripped of most of its formatting. Then, use the tools within Conductor to format the content.

If you find existing content with problematic formatting use the Remove Formatting tool to eliminate the formatting.

View Paste in Tools Legend ^

Headings

Headings are important for usability, SEO, and accessibility.

Effective Headings...

  • Reflect the content they head.
  • Are organized: Don’t skip numbers. Always start with h2. Maintain an outline structure.
  • Are not used for emphasis: Use bold sparingly for emphasis, but never use heading styles for emphasis. (And avoid using bold on headings.)
  • Are unique: Don’t repeat the same heading text on a page. Make sure headings provide significant context and are not reduced to generic labels.

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Text Formatting

  • Use bold sparingly.
  • Generally, italic is used for citations.
  • Don't manually apply underline style. On the web, underline indicates a link, and, on Conductor websites, links are automatically treated with a proper underline style.

View Text Formatting in Tools Legend ^

Lists

Lists are a good way to get across complex and detailed information on the web. Web readers tend to like short, scannable bits of information.

View Lists in Tools Legend ^

Tables

Use tables to present a simple, uniform, set of information.

Do not use tables for layout (e.g., to simulate a two column page, to align text and images).

Tables tend to be difficult to manage and predict. Browsers handle tables differently from one another. Mobile devices often struggle to display them in a usable fashion. Use tables with caution.

Contact the Web Team about creating custom pages or templates for complex content demands.

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Hard Returns and Soft Returns

Create a Hard Return by pressing the Return key (or Enter key). Creating a Hard Return closes the current paragraph and starts a new one. The new paragraph will be separated from the previous paragraph by a small amount of vertical space. Also, the text style in the newly created paragraph will be "Normal" paragraph style (as opposed to a Heading style, for example).

Create a Soft Return (or line break) by holding Shift and pressing Return (or Enter). Creating a Soft Return does not close the current paragraph, it simply creates a break on the current line. There is no space between the original line and the newly created line; the style of the text being entered does not change.


Autosave

Conductor automatically saves the Editing Page every few minutes. In the event of a browser crash, computer shutdown, or another kind of unexpected departure from the Editing Page, the most recent automatically saved data might be restored.

The next time an administrator accesses the Editing Page, there will be a notification offering the opportunity to restore the most recent automatically saved data.

 

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