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Using Web Editors

on January 18, 2012

Web editors [ie the editors used to create the content in today’s content management and blogging systems] can be quirky at the best of times so here are a few tips –  if it sounds like Murphy law then that might actually be a good rule of thumb with them too:

  1. They are not word processors, you cant get them to do exactly what you want.
  2. Save often and check often – if you do any ambitious formatting ( which you shouldn’t ) then you should check across the major browsers IE, IE versions, Firefox, Chrome, Opera etc
  3. If you spend a long time formatting something then you’re probably overdoing it and the chances are it wont work right.
  4. If it doesn’t work right better try to go back rather than go on as the code gets mixed up easily.
  5. If it gets totally mixed up and wont behave you’re better of starting from scratch because the code has probably gotten mixed up, unless you know html and want to delve into the html editor.
  6. In the ideal world you’d have taken a copy of the content and pasted it into a Microsoft word file or somewhere for safe keeping so you could start from scratch if needs be.
  7. You’re better off typing in the editor rather than Microsoft word but if you do have to transfer from a word processor then paste it via the “Word” or “Text” box to strip the formatting.
  8. Never try to get word processor formatting into the web editor.
  9. If you’re using the code editor then don’t just flick between them a lot it can cause errors in the code.
  10. If you’re going to change one type of formatting into another then often better not to just cut and paste it into another area – maybe delete it and retype it, or else remove the formatting with the buttons.
  11. To get an image in the top right hand corner then you must set it to align right but then drag it to the LEFT of the first line – ie the top LEFT hand corner. If you drag it to the right then it will be interpreted as at the end of the first line and so one line down.
  12. If you plan on using these a lot then it’s well worth spending a few hours learning basic HTML so you can sort out “mixed up code” if it happens.
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