Institute of Astronomy

Editing Research Themes

The research of the Institute is organised into broad themes which appear on the top-level Research page. Selected users will have permission to edit the pages for these research themes. If you feel you should have access to a page and do not, please contact Helpdesk (helpdesk@ast.cam.ac.uk).

In addition to the content you enter, the page for a research theme will contain a list of people who have selected the theme in their profile and a list (with icons and summary text) of projects and subtopics assigned to this theme.

To edit a page, you will first need to log in to the website. Navigate to the page you wish to edit (via the main Research page), then click the Edit tab at the top (beneath the page title).

Title and Tag

Ensure that the Title and Research Themes tag are set correctly. Note that the title must read exactly the same as the Research Themes tag for the site to function correctly.

Icon

Each research topic has an icon which will appear on the top-level Research overview page as well as at the top of the page for the research topic itself.

To change the icon, click Remove. You will then be presented with the option to upload a new icon (note that you will not be able to save the page with no icon).

Click Choose File, then browse to the image on your computer in the dialog that appears. Select OK (or equivalent, depending on your browser/platform) to confirm your selection in the file browser dialog, then back on the edit page, click the Upload button to send the image to the IoA server.

Images should be in JPG, PNG or GIF format and should be 200x200 pixels. Images of other sizes will not be accepted by the system. You should prepare a suitable image on your computer before uploading.

Summary

In the summary field, enter a short paragraph summarising the research field to appear on the top-level Research page. This text will not appear on the page for the research theme itself.

Use the editor field like you would a word processor. You may apply basic formatting (bold, italic, etc.) and create hyperlinks using the buttons on the toolbar.

If you prefer, you may edit this field in plain text rather than using the editor. To do this, click the Switch to plain text editor link beneath the editor. Using the plain text editor, you may either enter text (press the Enter key twice to insert two line breaks to end a paragraph) or enter (X)HTML markup (note that the website is designed to be compliant to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard).

The summary text should give a concise overview of the research area - this field is limited to 500 characters.

Page Content

In the Page Content field, enter the content that is to appear on the page for the research theme. The icon selected (above) will appear in the top-left corner of this page automatically, however the summary text will not appear here.

Use the editor field like you would a word processor. You may apply formatting, make bulleted or numbered lists, create hyperlinks, insert images etc. using the buttons on the toolbar.

If you prefer, you may edit this field in plain text rather than using the editor. To do this, click the Switch to plain text editor link beneath the editor. Using the plain text editor, you may either enter text (press the Enter key twice to insert two line breaks to end a paragraph) or enter (X)HTML markup (note that the website is designed to be compliant to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard).

In most cases, the default 'input format' setting will suffice. In some cases, however, it is necessary to enable more complex formatting in the page, if, for instance, you have used tables. To do this, click Input format (beneath the editor) and select Full HTML.

 

Hyperlinks

To insert a link to another page, highlight the text you wish to turn into a link, then click the Link button on the editor's toolbar.

Then, in the dialog that appears, enter the URL the link is to point to and click OK. When linking to other pages within www.ast.cam.ac.uk, you should create links relative to the root (i.e. the top-level www.ast.cam.ac.uk) by starting the URL with / (for example http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/example/path would be entered as /example/path). To link to pages outside of www.ast.cam.ac.uk, you should include the full address, e.g.http://www.example.com/page.

When you have finished making changes, you can preview the page before saving, by clicking the Preview button at the bottom of the edit page. This will show you how the page will look once published (under the Preview full version heading, rather than the 'trimmed version' which is not relevant here). When you are happy with your change, click the Save button to update the page.

Revision Control

Research pages fall under revision control on the website. This means that whenever you save changes to a page, a backup of the old version(s) will be stored. If necessary, you can revert a page to an old version if, for instance you have accidently deleted some content or damaged the formatting on a page. If you need to revert a page to a previous revision, please contact Helpdesk (helpdesk@ast.cam.ac.uk).

Page last updated: 20 February 2011 at 19:39