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Chapter 4. Editing Page Content > Basic Text Editing

Basic Text Editing

Like most word-processing and desktop publishing applications, Contribute respects the usual conventions for text entry. You can use the arrow keys, backspace key, Page Up key, Page Down key, and other keys to move around the draft window. As you type, text wraps from line to line. You can cut and paste text, or use drag and drop to move text around. You can also drag text from another application, such as Microsoft Word, into the Contribute draft window.

That’s the Breaks

Paragraph breaks in Web page editors have traditionally used the HTML <p> tag, which Web browsers display by inserting a blank line between paragraphs that use the <p> tag. This is perfectly workable—after all, that’s how most Web pages have worked for years—but it doesn’t offer the Web page designer much in the way of typographical control. That control arrived with the advent of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), an extension to HTML that allows designers to precisely control the formatting and positioning of text. Being a modern Web tool, Contribute understands CSS, and the site administrator can provide a user setting that makes Contribute use CSS styles instead of the HTML <p> tag for paragraph breaks. With CSS styles, pressing Enter (Return) creates a paragraph break without inserting a blank line between paragraphs, so that Contribute works more like a standard word processor (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. Paragraph breaks using CSS (top) look more natural than paragraph breaks created with HTML tags (bottom).



To type text into a draft:

1.
Browse to the page you want to edit, then click Edit Page to open the page as a draft.

2.
Click in the draft window to place the insertion point where you want it, then just start typing your text. If Contribute inserts a blank line when you press Enter (Return) to make a paragraph break, you can press Shift-Enter (Shift-Return) to make a line break that will not include a blank line (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.2. A paragraph break produces white space above and below the paragraph. Line breaks do not.


To copy and paste text into a draft:

1.
Select text from a Web page in the browser, another draft page, or another application.

2.
Choose Edit > Copy or press Ctrl-C (Cmd-C).

3.
Click in your Contribute draft to place the insertion point, then choose Edit > Paste, or press Ctrl-V (Cmd-V).

✓ Tips

  • If you want to paste plain text into Contribute, removing any formatting it had, paste the text by choosing Edit > Paste Text Only, or by pressing Ctrl-Shift-V (Cmd-Shift-V).

  • When you have text selected, most of the time you can right-click to cut or copy the text using a shortcut menu. You can also right-click to paste text from the shortcut menu. If you have a single-button mouse on Macintosh, you can Ctrl-click to bring up the shortcut menu.

  • Contribute offers Undo and Redo commands in the Edit menu, which can often be very useful in fixing mistakes or repeating operations. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-Z (Cmd-Z) for Undo and Ctrl-Y (Cmd-Y) for Redo.


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