Using The Editor
The EditMe editor requires Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater on Windows, or Mozilla 1.4 or greater on Windows, Linux, or Macintosh.Safari users can edit pages, though this browser exhibits poor performance with EditMe's editor - Macintosh users are encouraged to use Firefox for better performance. Opera should work but is not tested.
Three Editor Modes
Below the editor are three buttons: Rich Text Editor will activate the default WYSIWYG HTML editor. Clicking Code Editor will activate a syntax-highlighting plain text editor. Lines do not wrap in this editor. Clicking Text Editor will activate a simple plain text editor. The page will remember the last editor used when it is saved.
The Editor Toolbar
Explore the editor's toolbar by hovering your mouse over each button for a moment. A "tooltip" will display the purpose of the button. When learning to use the editor, start with a test page and experiment with each button to familiarize yourself with its function. Most buttons use common icon and act like features in familiar word processing applications. Also see The Editor Toolbar.
It's good to keep the following in mind:
- The editor, although reasonably functional and capable, is producing HTML for a web page. HTML by definition is rather simple and is intended to be decoded by all kinds of browsers, on all kinds of machines, all over the world.
- You are not using a powerful editing or document publishing tool like MS Word when you are editing the site. So, be patient and keep your expectations at an appropriate level.
- Trying to import formatted content from other applications can be problematic, as EditMe's editor must make decisions about how to reformat the content for your web site, and you might not always agree with them. It's best to paste formatted content in as Plain Text and then reformat using the tools available in the editor.
Aside from the normal toolbar features, note the following about the editor:
- Pasting content into the editor from office applications can cause formatting problems on your site. Use the button to paste formatted content in from other sources. Click here for more help with the paste buttons.
- If you plan to edit the HTML using an outside HTML editor, edit these pages in with the Code or Text editors rather than the Rich Text Editor, which will modify the HTML pasted in to conform to its rules and expectations.
- You can resize the editor by clicking on and dragging the bottom right corner with your mouse.
- The styles listed in the Styles dropdown are taken from your site's CSS stylesheet. You can modify the list of available styles by editing your site's CSS Stylesheet in Site Settings.
The Frequently Asked Questions section also addresses a number of special situations concerning EditMe's editor.
Note: the editor has a limit of 180,000 HTML characters which. This is typically more than enough for even very long pages, but note that character count increases with the complexity of formatting. It is best to keep pages with complex formatting short and save often while editing.
Fixing Broken Pages
If you find yourself in a situation where the editor cannot do something (like edit a table or delete some text), it's likely that the content of your page is corrupt and keeping the editor from working properly. This can happen because of content pasted in from other sources, or from heavy formatting that the editor has failed to manage properly. The best way to remedy this situation is to edit the page, select all the content in the editor, cut to the clipboard, and paste it back into the page using the Paste from Word button. If this still does not fix the problem, use the Paste as Text button instead. You will need to manually re-apply your formatting.
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