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Pop Quiz –

In Collage, can you:

1)    Create a new page?

2)    Change the name in the existing navigation?

3)    Edit an existing link?

 

If you did not answer yes to all three questions, read on to find out what can and can’t be done.

 

You Can:

1)    Create a new page

new-doc.jpgTo create a new page, once you are within a task, navigate to the folder you want to add the asset (or file) to and simply click on the “new document” icon. You will be prompted to choose a name and description. Then the new document will open up and you can add your content. Don’t forget to give us a heads up in the task notes when you mark the task done.

 

2)    Change the name of an existing asset

 

metadata button.pngIf you want to change the name of a menu bar in the navigation (ie: from “Community Engagement” to “Community Partnerships”), open that asset/file and click on “metadata” in the toolbar. In the dialog box, the first field is “name.” This is what shows in the navigation.

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3)    Edit an existing link

Links change all the time. If you know a link is broken, has changed, or you realized you made a mistake, it can easily be fixed. Open the link by clicking on the “link” button in the toolbar after you put your cursor on the link in the text. In the dialog box, on the right side there is an “edit” button.

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When you click this you will get a dialog box similar to when you create a new link. Edit the link as necessary and click ok twice.

 

You Can’t

1)    Delete assets

If you need assets deleted (files, pictures or links), you can indicate what needs to be deleted in your task notes. Or you can send a list to webcontent@uml.edu.

 

2)    Make changes to the navigational structure

Moving menu items around, adding or removing items can also be indicated within task notes. Or you can send a message outlining the changes to webcontent@uml.edu. Make sure to be clear where you want the new item added within the existing structure (ie: between Prospective Students and In the Community).

 

3)    Resize pictures

Technically, you can change the size of a picture in Collage by changing the dimensions in the image dialog box. This isn’t really the best way to do it. Ideally, pictures should be sized to 200 pixels wide or less, 72 dpi and optimized (or compressed) for the web. We use Photoshop Elements. There are other products that are similar. If you do not have access to these products, you can send the images through in a task and let us know that they need to be resized and optimized in your task notes.

 

Is there something else you are wondering if you can or can’t do in Collage? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll answer your question.

Some pages are just long and there’s no way around it. To alleviate the user having to endlessly scroll to find information, use anchors.

Anchors are a series of current page links at the top of a page that “jump” you down the page. Usually, anchors are made at natural page breaks or subheadings.

To make an anchor in Collage:
1) Create the anchors first. Put your cursor where you want the link to jump to (a subhead).
2) In the toolbar, select “Anchor” anchor button.pngand then “Insert/Edit Anchors”.
3) A dialog box will appear and ask you to name the anchor (Use the words in the subhead).


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4) Once the anchors are created, then you can link it at the top. Type the name of the anchor at the top of the page, followed by a full return.
5) Highlight the anchor name and click “Link” in the toolbar.

6) When the link dialog box appears, click on the “Current Page” tab.
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7) Select the correct link and click “OK”.


Advanced Anchors

You can also use anchors to link to an exact place in a page as a reference from another page. For example, if you want to link to the list of graduate certificates from the prospective students page.

1) Create an anchor as instructed above (steps 1-3).
2) From the page you want to link from (prospective students in this example), highlight the words you want to link to.
3) When the dialog box appears, it will be on the internal link page. Navigate to the page you want to link to (i.e.,: graduate certificates).


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4) Click on the “Local Anchors” button and then choose the appropriate anchor from the drop down box.
5) Voila! You have linked to an anchor from another page.


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