When you press the Enter key on your keyboard, Contribute automatically starts a new paragraph, or if you're in the middle of a numbered or bulleted list, a new list item. Press Shift-Enter if you want to create an ordinary line break.
Headings provide visual and semantic cues to the user about how information on your page is organized. In a personal page, your name and title should be formatted as Heading 1 or h1. It is the largest text on your page. No other element on your page should be formatted using h1.
Subsequent headings can be in a parallel series (all the subheadings in the personal.dwt template are Heading 2 or h2) and/or nested -- i.e., subsections of material under an H2 heading could be further organized under h3 headings, and so on. In order to pass accessibility requirements, headings have to be properly "nested," without skips. For example, you can not follow an h3 with an h5 without an h4 in between.
You can select the formatting of your headings by selecting the text, right-clicking, and selecting Style. Heading format can also be selected using the style-preview menu in the upper-left- hand corner of the document window (circled). To remove heading format, set the style-preview menu to "Normal."
You can impose styles defined in the style sheet on individual words, a line of text, or whole paragraphs by selecting the text, right-clicking, and selecting Style. Style can also be selected using the style-preview menu in the upper-left- hand corner of the document window (circled above).
See the Style Demo Sheet for examples of Oviatt Library web site styles.
You can format text as bold or italic by selecting
it with your mouse, then clicking the B or I
icon in the formatting toolbar (circled below).
The HTML code most commonly used to underline text is no longer part of the accepted standard determined by the World Wide Web Consortium. Users expect underlined text to function as a link, therefore underlining non-linked text poses accessibility problems.
APA, the Chicago Manual, and MLA style guides have accommodated this change by modifying their citation format: they recommend the use of italics where underlining formerly was used.
To create a numbered or bulleted list, type the first item in the list,
select the item, and click either the numbered list or bulleted list button
in the formatting toolbar (circled below). To begin a new list item, press
the Enter key on your keyboard. To get out of the list
format, click the list button in the toolbar again.
TIP: You can convert a series of paragraphs into a list simply by selected them and clicking one of the list buttons.
In Contribute, you can set the style an ordered list uses (e.g. I, II, III. . . a, b, c . . .) by selecting the list with your mouse, then right-clicking and selecting List > Properties.
Don't like bullets? Contribute users can also make the bullets in an unordered invisible by applying the nobull style:
When you have a series of annotated items (links to bibliographical resources, for example), you may want to use a definition list format, like this one:
A definition list consists of term "headers" and indented "definitions." To create a definition list, enter your terms and definitions as a series of paragraphs, select all the paragraphs, right-click and select List > Definition List.
You can embed a list in another list by selecting the list items and clicking the right indent button. You can un-embed the list by clicking the left outdent button (both are circled below).
Using the indent and outdent buttons on regular paragraphs creates blockquotes. You should never use blockquotes unless you are formatting an actual quotation -- it creates an accessibility problem.