Simple mode


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Introduction

Simple mode lets you edit much as you would in a word processor, and hides the fancy punctuation that is visible in Advanced mode. You can switch between edit modes at any time by clicking a link that appears above the toolbar while editing a page:

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Note to Macintosh users: Simple mode is not available in the Safari browser.

Toolbar

The toolbar above the editing window features buttons that will apply formatting to selected text or insert new elements.

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Linking

Insert WikiWidgets

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WikiWidgets Catalog

Use this feature to make a link to a page in another workspace. Note that inter-workspace links only work between workspaces on the same server. Unless you have wikis on multiple servers, this will not affect you.

Here's a detailed walkthrough of this feature: Adding a Link to Another Workspace.

Section markers help readers navigate to a section in a long wiki page. If you can't remember the name of the section, type some letters in the section name and the system will show sections starting with those letters.

If you click "More options" you can link to a section on a page in another workspace.

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Attached image

This feature allows you to display an attached image on your page. In order to upload the image, click "Upload files" first. "More options" allows you to use an image attached to another page or another workspace. If you provide Link text, your page will contain a link to the image rather than the image itself.

This feature adds a link to an attached file. In order to upload the file, click "Upload files" first. It doesn't display the actual file on the page, but creates a link to display that file. "More options" allows you to link to a file attached to another page or another workspace.

Table of contents

With this dialog box you can automatically build a table of contents on the page you're editing. The table of contents is composed of the headers and sections on the page. "More options" allows you to include a table of contents built from another page in your current workspace or a page in another workspace.

Page include

With this dialog box you can insert the complete contents of another page in your current workspace or another workspace into your page.

Section marker

This dialog box allows you to name and create a section marker on a page. You can use section markers to add links to sections in the page, and to build a table of contents to the sections of the page.

What's new

You can insert a list showing the titles of pages that have recently changed in the current workspace or in another workspace. With "More Options" you can include the full text of those pages as well.

Creates a link to a list of all pages that are tagged with a specific tag. With "More Options" you can link to a list of all tagged pages from another workspace.

Tag list

Creates a list of recently changed pages tagged with a specific tag. With "More Options" you can create a list of recently changed pages tagged with a specific tag from another workspace. You also have the option to include the full text of those pages by checking the "Full results" checkbox.

Creates a link to a weblog in your workspace. With "More Options" you can create a link to a weblog from another workspace.

Weblog list

Creates a list of the most recently changed entries in a weblog. With "More Options" you can create a list of the most recently changed entries in a weblog from another workspace. You also have the option to include the full text of those pages by checking the "Full results" checkbox.

Inline RSS

Displays the contents of an RSS feed.

Inline Atom

Displays the contents of an Atom feed.

Search results

Displays a list of links to the results of a workspace search. With "More options", you can:

Displays a list of links to the results of a specified Google search.

Displays a list of links to the results of a specified Technorati search.

Includes a link to an AIM user. The link uses icons to indicate when that user is online. You can click the link to open an AIM chat with the user.

Includes a link to a Yahoo IM user. The link uses icons to indicate when that user is online. You can click the link to open a Yahoo IM chat with the user.

Includes a link to a Skype username. The link indicates when that user is online. You can click the link to open a Skype conversation with the user.

User name

Displays the best full name known to the application for an email address.

Date in local time

Display the given date and time in the individually-set time zone for each reader.

Unformatted

This option allows unformatted text to be included in the wiki page.

Certain characters are interpreted by the wiki editor as wiki markup. For instance, a word surrounded by asterisks is put into bold face. To prevent the wiki from displaying that word in bold, you can use the unformatted feature. The dialog box asks for the text that will be displayed without formatting, and will print it as you typed it into the text field.

Some WikiWidgets can only be edited in Advanced mode. Mouseover tooltips will tell you when that is needed.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Copying and Pasting from Web Pages or Microsoft Word

You can copy text from a browser window or from Word and paste it into Simple mode. Most of the formatting will be preserved.

Preview Mode

WikiWidgets makes the old Gray Dashed Boxes obsolete. All elements will appear as WikiWidgets in Simple mode.

A few WikiWidgets cannot be edited in Simple mode. In order to edit those, it is necessary to switch to Advanced mode. A mouseover tooltip will tell you when that is needed.

By clicking the Preview button (between Save and Cancel ), you can see exactly what the page will look like when you save it. While in Preview mode, click the Edit More button to return to editing.

Simple Mode: A Work In Progress

Simple mode editing is not intended to be a complete word processor or HTML editor. It supports the same basic formatting as previous versions of Socialtext, with the added benefit of showing formatting changes as you make them.

Because Simple mode makes common formatting tasks so easy, we are providing it early in its evolution. You may find bugs. Please let us know at support@socialtext.com

Here are some hints and tips for Simple mode users:

Wikiwyg (Simple Editing) Open Source Project

Simple mode is based on the Wikiwyg editing tool. Wikiwyg is an open source project led by Socialtext.

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