Guidelines for Authors

Authors may contribute anything they like to the blog.  Please make it easier for the people reading it by making the style at least somewhat consistent. 

Please try to use a “journalistic” style.  This means short sentences and paragraphs. Put the most important information first. Remember that RSS feeds may use your entry out of context.  Imagine what your readers would think if they only saw the first paragraph of your story - would they click for more?

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Flying reports will also discuss the other weekend activities like progress on club projects or thanking the person who fixed the shower.

Inserting Pictures In Your Entry

Most of the time, your entry will be read in a column 500 pixels wide, so you shouldn’t make photos larger than this.  250 pixels is about right if you want the text to “flow” around it. 

Linked to ImageIf you are using the upload feature of the blog to insert pictures, it will usually create a thumbnail and this can be easily inserted in the post by dragging it from the uploaded area to the text area. If you wanted to put in the original image, click on it first in the upload area.  This gives you a short menu to select the original instead of the thumbnail.  This menu will also allow you to change the “not linked” option to either “linked to image” (clicking on thumbnail opens the bare full-size image) or “linked to page” (opens the image on its own page including the blog menus around it.)  

Linked to PageTry not to use the resize handles on the image - this always does a bad job of stretching the image.  The image “alignment” is what makes it float to one side of the text.  To change the alignment of the picture, click on it to select it then click the “tree” icon in the editor toolbar to edit the picture’s properties. 

An alternative method of attaching images is to upload them to the photo gallery first and then use the gallery’s copy of the photos in the blog entry.  This is useful if you want the picture to be a permanent part of the gallery instead of slipping off the bottom of the blog with time.

To insert an image from the gallery with a thumbnail, first right-click on the thumbnail in the gallery to copy the thumbnail’s address from the properties.  In the blog editor, use the image toolbar icon to insert a new image and paste the thumbnail’s address here.  Obtain the full-size address in the same way but this time click the chain-link toolbar icon (while the image is selected) and paste the full-size address as the link destination.

Embedding YouTube Videos In Your Entry

To insert a Youtube-like “object” into a post, you can’t use the normal “rich text” editor. (You can recognise this by the row of icons above the edit box.) Even if you use the editor’s “HTML” function, you can’t paste raw HTML into it. It will always try to re-parse the HTML according to its own rules and it will stuff up the embedding.

You need to go to your own account settings and, at the bottom of the page, turn off the option “use the visual rich editor.” This gives you a much simpler editor when editing posts, which doesn’t mangle your HTML. You can turn it back on after editing your post, but be careful to never edit the post while the normal rich editor is turned on.