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How to use the document editor
Some hints and tips
More information about the document editor
So, let's assume you've logged in (the message at the top of the page will tell you that you have done so). Now you can click on the "Create Document" button (just to the left) and put in a title, subtitle, and the author's name. This visible author name may be different from your login name, and indeed you might be posting on behalf of someone else who doesn't have internet access. Please ensure that you have the right to post whatever you write.
Select a category for the document. A range of categories are available, and I will add more if anyone thinks of useful ones. Email me by clicking on the "Contact us" button above, if you would like a new category created.
Now click on "Start writing now", and you'll be taken to a text editor where you can write your document. This document you're reading is one of them.
Tricks for improving your documents
There are a number of niceties available to smarten up your document. As well as all the usual heading levels, bold, italic and so on, you can insert horizontal rules in your document (like the one above), and you can create quotes like this one:
How did I do that? Well, if you start a line with [Quote], all the rest of that line and subsequent lines will be shown as quoted text. At the end of the quotation, start a line with [Endquote] and the rest of that final line is treated as the source of the quote. Easy!
You can also create links to anywhere else on the web (decent links only please!), such as this one here to the Photo Gallery.
For each document you write, everyone else can leave replies and comments (using the form below, like all through the rest of the site). You might later on want to include some of those comments by re-editing your document.
Try it and see!
I'm not sure what's going to happen here, and so I've implemented a basic "approval" procedure. When you create a new document, only you can see it. Everyone else won't be able to see it until it is "approved" by the webmasters. Please note that this is only to prevent abuse of the site, illegal, objectional, or abusive material and so on being posted. We will certainly not block documents just because we don't agree with them.
When we know who you are (or indeed if we already do! :-)), we can flag you as a 'trusted' user, which means that documents you create will be automatically approved as soon as you write them.
I hope this is a reasonable way to protect the site and doesn't get in anyone's way.
Conan Lynch (at 10:28am, Mon 26th May, 14)
Can't register / use password / login
OldBlueGold (at 2:53pm, Sun 19th Feb, 12)
1) In my efforts to create a document, before receiving your advice (see above) I managed to create two blank documents in my "Mine" folder. Is it possible to delete them? Or should I wait until inspiration arrives again and turn them into new documents?
Old Blue Gold (at 2:16pm, Mon 13th Feb, 12)
Is it possible to start a document, save it, sign off and then come back to finish it next day? There seems to be no way of retrieving a partially written document. Perhaps it can only be done by writing it somewwwhere else and copying it in.
Stephen Brook (at 1:43pm, Sat 17th Apr, 10)
I am trying to create a document on barreling - to expand on the images and descriptions within my section of the user gallery.