Using the WYSIWYG editor

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The WYSIWYG editor includes a rich set of options and commands that allow you to format your alerts so their presentation supports the content of their message. The editor has an array of control buttons at the top of the screen:

WYSIWYG editor for creating desktop alerts

The following pages provide a summary of what these controls let you do. You can also click WYSIWYG editor help button button in the editor and help document will appear with further details about how to work with the editor.

WYSIWYG editor: common buttons

Here are the common buttons and a summary of what they do:

 

Bold text style (Ctrl+B)
Italic text style (Ctrl+I)
Underline text style (Ctrl+U)
Align left
Align center
Align right
Align full
Unordered list / bullet list
Ordered list / numbered list
Outdent / decrease indentation
Indent / inrease indentation
Undo the last operation (Ctrl+Z)
Redo the last operation (Ctrl+Y)
Insert a new link, read more in Insert link section
Unlinks the current selection / removes all selected links
Insert a new anchor, read more in Insert anchor section
Insert a new image, read more in Insert image section
Cleanup code / Removes unwanted formatting
Shows help window
Opens HTML source editor
Insert a new table at the current location
Adds a row above the current one
Adds a row under the current one
Removes the current row
Adds a column before the current one
Adds a column after the current one
Removes the current column
Insert a new horizontal ruler
Removes formatting from the selection
Makes the selection to be subscript
Makes the selection to be superscripted
Insert video, read more in Insert video section
Insert flash, read more in Insert flash section
Insert document, read more in Insert document section

 

WYSIWYG editor: insert image

The insert image button opens the window shown below.

Insert image browser window

To add image to the alert /template choose image from Image list and click Insert.

Image description, add a short description that will be displayed if the image is not available when the alert is viewed.

Click Browse button to browse already uploaded images and upload an image from your PC and select.

Images list browser window

WYSIWYG editor: insert link

This button opens a new window with the insert/edit link function. Please select the text first before inserting a link.

Insert link browser window

Enter the URL of the link in the Link URL field. The target field lets you select how the link is to be opened – the most common choices would be in the current window or in a new window.

The other tabs of this control provide advanced features that allow you to govern complex scripted behavior through interactions with the link. It is beyond the scope of this guide to provide the thorough instruction in JavaScript that is readily available in specialized books and tutorials.

WYSIWYG editor: anchor points

An anchor point is an internal target for a link elsewhere on the page. Using a link in one part of a long alert to an anchor elsewhere in the alert can help the user by giving him a quick way of finding what he wants. You can create a table of contents for an alert, with each entry being a link to the anchor point at the start of each topic.

To create an anchor point, click where you want the anchor to be in the text, and then click the anchor icon. This window appears and lets you name the anchor:

Insert anchor browser window

Then you can create a link elsewhere in the alert, which, when clicked, will move the display to the anchor location.

WYSIWYG editor: insert table

The insert table button opens the window shown below. This action enables you to create tables.

Insert table browser window

On the General tab you set such elements as the number of columns and rows in the table, the spacing and padding of the cells in the rows, and any call to a style sheet that you are making. The Advanced tab contains additional formatting options.

WYSIWYG editor: insert video

The insert video button opens the window shown below. Use this feature to add video to a DeskAlerts.

Videos list browser window

Sometimes the best way to send information is with video. Using the insert video button, you can easily add video to a DeskAlerts. Provide users with videoconference segments, informational clips, or other movies by way of a convenient desktop alert.

Using the insert video window, simply browse for a file or use a file from the web and click Upload or Insert as appropriate. The video will then be sent out with the DeskAlerts.

Video size dialog

WYSIWYG editor: insert Flash

The insert Flash button opens the window shown below. This feature allows you to incorporate Flash movies or applications in a DeskAlerts.

Flash documents list browser window

Flash applications and movies are fast becoming a popular method of presenting information in an interactive format. DeskAlerts allows you to add Flash media to your messages, further expanding the types of information that you can send to your users.

As with the insert video button, the insert Flash button brings up a window that allows you to browse for a Flash file to upload or select from a list of files available on the web. By clicking Upload or Insert as appropriate, the Flash file is included in the DeskAlerts.

Flash size dialog

WYSIWYG editor: insert document

The insert document button opens the window shown below, which is similar to that of insert video and insert Flash. Use this button to add documents or other important files to your outgoing DeskAlerts.

Documents list browser window

When sending a desktop alert to your users, it is often helpful to attach further information in the form of a document. Easily attach business reports, schedules, letters, and other types of documents to your DeskAlerts. Since the alert appears on the desktop instead of in the user’s email client (potentially among numerous junk messages), your documents will be more noticeable and will receive greater attention.

As with insert video and insert Flash, you can browse for a local file to upload or choose from a file on the web. The document you select will be included with the DeskAlerts.

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