Newsletter 2004

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Fall 2004 Newsletter

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Newsletter 2005

You may download a copy of the Fall 2005 Newsletter here:
Fall 2005 Newsletter

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Images, PDF files, and other uploads

The [Upload tab->wp-admin/upload.php] allows you to upload files for use in this web site. If you are familiar with HTML, you can link to those files in the normal way, using the “img” or “link” buttons in the Quicktags bar. However, you don’t have to know HTML to link to them. [Smart links->Adding smart links to articles] also work with files that you upload to the site.


For image files, the image file must be a png, a jpg, or a gif. The image will automatically be displayed. If you have uploaded a thumbnail (a file with the same name, prefixed by “thumb_”), the thumbnail will be displayed and will link to the larger image.

To use smart links to display images, use the image’s filename in place of where the link would go.

For example, if you have uploaded an image called “edgar.png”, you can use the following to display it:

`[Edgar II the Aetheling->edgar.png]`

The text “Edgar II the Aetheling” will not be visible on the web page, but will be added invisibly to make the page more easily searchable both on the site and from external search engines.

PDF files and other uploads

If you have uploaded a PDF file or other non-image file using the Upload tab, you can use the filename in a smart link to generate an automatic link. For example, if you have uploaded a file called “william.pdf”, you can use `[william.pdf->]` to link to it, or `[Prince William->william.pdf]` to link to it using the text “Prince William”.

`[Prince William->william.pdf]`

Aligning images

If you need text to wrap around the image, add “/left” or “/right” to the end of the file name. For example, to place the image on the left of the page (so that text wraps on the right), use `[Edgar II the Aetheling->edgar.png/left]`.

If you want an image to be centered within the article, use /center. Text will not wrap around a centered image on either side.

Changing the width of images

If you need to resize the image, but it isn’t appropriate to use a thumbnail, you can add “/###” to the end of the filename, where “###” is the desired width of the image in pixels. You can also add “/##%”, where “##” is the percentage of the article width that the image should take up. For example:

`[Edgar II the Aetheling->edgar.png/left/50%]`
`[Edgar II the Aetheling->edgar.png/left/200]`

When you change the width of an image, its height will change proportionally.

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Adding smart links to articles

The quicktags “link” button will let you add links if you know the URL. But you can also add automatic, [smart links->Smart link plugin] that grab the URL from the links that the web site already knows about: pages, articles, links, and categories, in that order.

For example, a link to the [conference information->] section of the PCCBS web site does not require that you know the link. It requires only that you look over to the category listing on the right and type the name. If the category’s URL ever changes, all articles that reference it as a smart link will update automatically. This is especially useful for e-mail addresses or other links that change regularly.

Easy smart links

The easiest smart links are those whose link text should be the same as the name of the place it is going to. For example, the link to conference information above was made by typing:

`[conference information->]`

The category is called “conference information”, so putting those words in brackets and ending with a -> is all you need to do to make a smart link to that category. The same is true with link names, article names, and page names.

Changing the link text

If you want the link text to be different from the name of the item you’re linking to, place the link text in front of the -> and the name of the item you’re linking to after the ->. For example, the link to the smart link plugin but with the text “smart links” above was made with:

`[smart links->Smart link plugin]`

Non-existent links

If a page, article, link, or category matching the smart link does not exist, the smart link will display just the link text, without making an invalid link. Once a page, article, link, or category is created that matches the smart link, the smart link will be updated. So you can add smart links to your articles and then later add links (or other articles, etc.) without worrying about having invalid links on your pages.

Linking to searches

You can also use smart links to link to search engines without having to figure out the often complex search engine syntax. The smart link plugin understands several different search engines. You make a smart search link with `[link text->search text@searchname]`. A simple search for [Oscar Wilde->@google] can be made with:

`[Oscar Wilde->@google]`

Just as with other smart links, you can change the link text. To link to the [definition of counterculture->counterculture@dictionary] use:

`[definition of counterculture->counterculture@dictionary]`

Among the searches that the smart link plugin understands are dictionary, google, amazon, wikipedia, and me. “Me” is a special search that searches this PCCBS site.

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Writing articles and pages

These [author help->] pages are visible only to authors, and only when they are logged in. You don’t need any of this. If you just want to [write articles->wp-admin/post.php], all you need do is write them. You do not need to use any html. When you do want to add bold, italics, or an offset quote, the Quicktags buttons at the top of your Write Post page will let you do this.

The author help section will assist you in using some of the more advanced features of this site, such as [automatic smart links->adding smart links to articles], that make maintaining the site much easier.

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