Web Content Overview
Web Content Assets are used for entering HTML formatted text or media items. They are created and edited with a mini-WYSIWYG Editor. Web Content Assets support Dependency Manager tags and linking. This type of asset is available across sites within an account unless Lock to Site is selected.
Web Content Mini WYSIWYG Editor
When a user creates or edits a Web Content Asset, a mini WYSIWYG editor will appear in the Asset Content panel on the asset's configuration screen. Similar to the Page WYSIWYG Editor, this mini editor allows users to insert text or media and create styling options for how each of these elements is displayed. The following tools are available in the Web Content Mini WYSIWYG Editor:
- Text Styling Options: Allows users to add bold, italicize, underline, or strike-through styling to contextual strings in the content.
- Alignment: Allows users to select the content's alignment to the margins of the editor.
- Styles (drop-down): Allows users to select a predefined style template created within the OU Campus system.
- Paragraph (drop-down) : Allows users to create header tags and other block level elements.
- Insert or Remove List: Creates either a bulleted (unordered) or numbered (ordered) list of the currently selected text.
- Increase/Decrease Indent: Increase the spacing at the beginning of a paragraph.
- Undo/Redo: Allows users to revert or repeat the last action performed.
- Unlink: Remove the hyperlink in which the cursor is positioned.
- Insert/Edit Anchor: A named reference can be created. It is not necessary to enter the hash symbol.
- Cleanup Messy Code: Attempts to remove any bad code from the asset.
- Edit HTML Source: Allows a user to edit the source code of a Web Content Asset. Clicking this option opens a new dialog that displays a text field for creating code. Once finished, clicking the Update button saves the changes and returns the user to the asset configuration screen.
- Insert Horizontal Line: Uses the <hr /> markup to create a horizontal rule
- Remove Formatting: Removes previously applied formatting to the tune of bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough
- Insert Special Character: Provides the dialog for inserting special characters into the asset, which includes the symbol, as well as the entity reference for the charcter.
Creating a Web Content Asset
- Navigate to the Assets list view by selecting Content > Assets from the global navigation bar.
- Click the New button.
- Select Web Content from the menu to display the Web Content Asset screen.
- Fill out the required fields to create the asset. For this particular asset, the Asset Content Panel will contain the available WYSIWYG tools providing basic text formatting utilities including lists, linking functionality, and the ability to insert images, tables, and special characters.
- After configuring the items click Create.
- Once the asset has been created, Publish the asset.
Like pages, created and saved assets can be immediately published, scheduled to publish, or sent to user for approval. An unpublished asset can even be inserted onto pages; however, an asset does not render on a page on the production server until it has been published.
Inserting a Web Content Asset onto a Page
When a user adds a Web Content Asset to a page, it is usually unavailable for preview in the WYSIWYG editor unless the content contains only plain text. Instead, a grey box is displayed as a placeholder.
In order to view the asset correctly, it must be viewed either on the preview screen or on the live page on the production server after publishing the asset out.