Adding Formatting in Collage

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No one wants to read a huge block of text on the web. Visitors scan text looking for words that are important to them. Formatting can help visitors find those words and keep reading down the page.

In a previous post, we cautioned users not to paste directly from Word, but to paste the content into a text editor first. The only problem with this is that is strips out any formatting. Formatting can easily be added back in Collage.

In the toolbar, there is a button called “style.” style button.png

formatting2.jpgWhen you click on this, it gives a bunch of options, you only need to worry about the first six: normal, then 5 heading choices. The headings can be used to set off text as a subheadline or to highlight blocks of text. To the left is an example of what each heading looks like.

The other ways to set off text are by using bold and italics. A word of caution though, using blocks of italics can break the template, so use it sparingly. Also, you’ll notice that the underline option is grayed out. We recommend against using underlining on the web so as not to confuse visitors with hyperlinked text.

A previous entry titled “Step Away From the Spacebar“ gives tips on using indent, bulleting and tables to better format your pages.

The styles won't always show in your document the way they appear live. The best way to see how the page will look is to preview it by selecting the preview tab in your document.

If you make a mistake, simply highlight the text again and select "normal" under the style button. Now you can try again.

Give formatting a try and let us know if you run into any issues.

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