Editing Rich Text Boxes
Each page in the LibGuide is composed of one or more content boxes. There are different kinds of content boxes, each which is edited a little differently. Rich text boxes are one of the most frequently-appearing content boxes in this LibGuide. In Rich text boxes, the user can apply some basic formatting to text (bold, italics, underline) or insert links without having to know HTML code. You can think of entering text in a Rich text box like composing a MS Word document. Here’s an example of how to make changes to a Rich text box on the introductory page of the Journals and Publications tab:
- Sign into the LibGuide as specified in section 1 of this guide.
- Select and click on the Journals and Publications tab. This will bring you to this sections main page. There is one box on that page, called “Introduction.”:
At the very bottom of the Introduction box, click on “(Add/Edit Text)” next to the pencil icon. This will bring up a Rich Text Editor dialog box with some style and formatting menu options at the top (much like a simplified MS Word toolbar):
Let’s say I want to add some text to the bottom of this box. Place the cursor immediately after “Publications of Data and Reports,” hit the enter or return button twice, and start typing into the box. Since I want my text to appear in bold italic, I toggled on the italics key in the menu. I will then click on “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page to save my changes:
- Now I want to create a link to the Chronicle of Higher Education, whose web address is http://chronicle.com/. I am going to click and drag on the name of this publication in the page that I’m editing to select the text to link from. Then I will select the link icon (which looks like two links of chain joined together) in the second row of the toolbar menu. This will open another dialog box called Insert/Edit Link.
- In the Link URL field, type or paste in the web address (http://chronicle.com/).
- In the Target field, you can select from the drop down menu “Open Link in New Window” or “Open Link in Same Window.” I usually select the former as it opens a new window for the link and keeps the LibGuide in the original window. If you select the latter option, the user will have to use the browser’s back button to return to the LibGuide. Although I have not been consistent myself in doing this, you should also enter a title for your link in the title field (usually the name of the site you are linking to). Entering a title for the link helps make the page more accessible in that screen reading software for visually-impaired users will be able to read aloud the link title.
Hit the Insert button to save the changes to the link. This will close the dialog box and you will see the linked text displayed. Then hit Save and Close to finish editing: