INITIAL STEPS 1-5

Save your paragraphs to a NOTEPAD file (a simple program under "Accessories" in your PC- or TEXTEdit in Mac) so that you can eliminate "stupid code" that may mess up the formatting on the wiki. Then navigate to the page you intend to paste the text in and click "EDIT." Once you click "EDIT," navigate to the relevant part of the page, click your cursor once and copy/paste in your text.

Once your text is in, hit save just to lock that part in the "history" of the page so you can revert to it later if need be.

[Reminder - 2 people editing these pages at the same time can be problematic. Try not to overwrite someone else! And definitely check to make sure your content did get saved as you intended!]

(For Monday) - Once text is good, go back into edit mode and try saving an "approved" image (and you can prove to CTorg that it's public domain/fair use). Put your cursor in the spot you want a pretty picture and click on the "File - Insert Images and Files" icon which is roughly in the middle of the edit bar. Click on "Upload File" and then wait a few second while it loads (pictures will load faster if you've saved a reasonable sized version of your image - this is important for the long haul, so if you have a monster jpg, use photoshop or splashup.com (a handy free site I use all the time - you don't even need an account), shrink your image before you load it into the wiki - PLEASE!). Then click on the file name and it should pop into the page. In the attached box, click on "add link" and then click on "external link" and paste the relevant URL into the box. Click on the "new window" box. Then add a caption (like "image from wikimedia commons" or "photo credit: ctorg@flickr.com"). Then resize further if necessary. Alignment can also be useful to save space.

Last - remember that

1. people are going to want to print, so generally try to conserve space
2. saving is next to godliness
3. cancel is next to "get-me-outta-here-I-didn't-mean-that-edness"
4. don't mess around with other people's content (although it's helpful if they write something confusing or with an error to add a note in another color and initial it - or use the "discussion" feature). It IS ok to check with them and correct misspellings and eensy writing errors.
5. you should never delete or rename whole pages without consulting first with CTorg


ESSENTIALS:
  • Always sign in as Yourself, otherwise I have no way of knowing what you contributed (vs. your partner)
  • Feel free to use the "Discussion" tab to send out a question or make a comment. It's a great way to communicate about a page without writing your thoughts ON the page for all to see


NEW PAGES:
  • To add a new page, put double brackets around the word or phrase you want to be the link to the new page. Save and then you should be able to click on it and edit as you would any other page. Give it a try. You can add as many pages as you like (but don't try to rename them later... you can lose the info!)
  • Be careful with Page Titles. Changing them after you've added text can be tricky (the whole page can disappear!) and page titles don't like colons or "&" or parentheses. Just use words.


ADDING IMAGES AND MEDIA:
  • On Using Images - (this page is a must read)
  • Use the Embed Widget (looks like a little tv screen in the editor panel) to insert mp3s, youtube clips, etc.
  • Use Hyperlinks as much as possible, especially to show people where to go for more information either within our site or elsewhere on the internet


THREE MORE THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE FINISHED:
  1. We want to document sources at some level. Include a separate "X?X Sources" page with your overall section. Do NOT call it simply "sources"
  2. When you have finished, plan on adding a navigation bar to all your sub-pages at the top of every page (see Memory or Development - Childhood sections for examples)
  3. When you are finished building and finalizing all your pages you will want to add links to them from the Table of Contents page but let CTorg deal with the Nav Bar to the right- it really should just be for chapter headings, so leave that alone. Please do add page links to the "top" chapter page as it indicates in #3 so that people can navigate to your page and so I remember the range of pages you have created. If you have questions on this, please ask!
  4. For each major section, feel free to include a "current research page" with brief recaps and/or links to relevant studies currently underway.