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How to Edit your Page

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To ensure that you have all of the functionality you need while editing your Web page, I recommend you use the latest version of Firefox. It is quite possible that all of this works just as well in other browsers but over the years I have been alerted to glitches that crop up when using Internet Explorer or Safari. I have not heard of problems with Chrome, but I haven't personally tried it, so I'm not making any guarantees on that one. Let me know. (I use Firefox and it always works)

The following directions explain how to edit your Web page:

  1. First, make sure you are logged in to our course site.

  2. On your page, you should see a row of tabs that say View and Edit. If you don't, use the Log In link to log in, and then refresh your page.

  3. Click on the Edit tab on your page.

  4. In the Body area of the editing version of your page, you'll see that you can simply type in your information. Several rows of icons appear just above the editing area that work much like a standard word processing program. If you hover your cursor over a given icon, it will reveal a tooltip that will tell you what that icon will do. Be careful not to play around too much with the formatting tools. If you make a mistake that you can't fix, let me know so I can revert the page to its former state. Here is a great youtube video made by my colleague Stevie Rocco explaining how to do it, but if you'd rather read directions then keep scrolling down and there are some.

  5. Here are some specific directions:

    • Want a larger area to edit in? Click on the light blue square icon in the toolbar (icon to the right of the smiley face) -- that will open this editing area in a full screen. You'll need to click it again to return to normal in order to submit your edits.

    • To insert images, you can use the square image icon in the toolbar (next to the flag on the top row). I explain in a screencast how to insert an image, and additionally you can follow these written instructions:

      • Click the image icon

      • In the resulting pop-up window, click on the browse server button that will appear to the right of the "URL" line

      • In the resulting pop-up window, click on the upload link that will appear at the top corner

      • In the resulting pop-up window, click Browse

      • Navigate to the file in your system

      • Select it

      • Click open

      • Click upload

      • Click insert file

      • Write some alt text that describes the image at the length of a tweet, approximately.

      • Click okay

      • Image should be in your page now. You've conquered inserting images in only 12 steps! Hooray!

    • Adding hyperlinks is also easy - select the text you want to be the link, then click on the "Earth with chainlink" icon in the toolbar (close to the middle of the top row of icons). To edit an existing link, just select it and click on that same icon. To remove a link altogether, select it and click on the "Earth with broken chainlink" icon, which is next door to the chainlink icon.

    • If you want to remove colored font or other text formatting, the easiest way is to select the text that you want to clean up, then click on the eraser icon in the toolbar (looks like a rectangular block drawn with perspective on the top row of icons nearly at the right end).

    • Prefer to work in HTML? Click on the source icon (top row) to open, and edit, your content in raw HTML. Note that your HTML must be XHTML compliant or the editor will reject it.

  6. When you are done, scroll down the page and click on the "Submit" button. That's all there is to it!

snapshot of editing window with most useful icons pointed out.


Saffer, D., et al. (2011), Data report: Consolidation, permeability, and fabric of sediments from the Nankai continental slope, IODP Sites C0001, C0008, and C0004, in Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 314/315/316, edited by M. Kinoshita et al., pp. 1–61, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Washington, D. C., doi:10.2204/iodp.proc.314315316.218.2011.