Moving a Research Guide to a templated page
In order to move a current research guide page to a research guide template page, you will want to work through a few steps.
(1) Create the new template
After logging in to Drupal [INFORMATION - About Us - Staff Resources - Staff Login ], click on your user-name up in the top left corner. In the left column, click on the link for "Create content". The new content type you are interested in is Research Guide. Clicking on it will bring you to an edit page. In this edit page you will see the usual body section. Whatever you place in here is what user will see when they first arrive at the page. You also have an option to place an image on this home page using the Image field under the body section. This image will appear left of the body text if there is any or centered if no body text exist.
Other fields to be filled in include:
- Subject Librarian ( just start typing in your user name until you can select it)
- Meembo Code (described below) - Optional
- Option to include a link to writing aids under your profile
- Department Websites to appear under your profile information
- Subject Indepth links (these links will appear under the main content area and can go to pages you have created or outside websites. )
The remainder of the page is dedicated to the various sections that your Research Guide might include. Each section has its own content editor. For each area with content added, a tab will display at the top of the guide page that will call up the content. The final section allows not only the content, but the tab title to be added.
Hint: to make the edit area larger, you can pull the bottom right corner down.
(2) URL Path Setting (IMPORTANT!)
While you are working on the template, you will want to assign it a URL path different from your current research guide, but easy to remember. Something like subjectareas/business/new or subjectareas/physics/beta . This way you will be able to easily find the page again to make further edits while not disturbing your existing research guide.
(3) Make the Big Move
Once your template is ready for prime time, you will need to make two URL path changes. During the time between the two changes, your research guide will appear broken, so make sure to complete both in short order. First go to your existing research guide and change its URL Path. For example, you might change subjectareas/art to subjectareas/art/old . Then go to your new template page and change its URL path to the former value of your old research guide: subjectareas/art/new -> subjectareas/art .
At this point you should be live! To make sure all went OK, log out and go to http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/research/guide/list . Click on your research guide and enjoy some time moving around in your new template.
The Research Guide template includes the option to place a MeemBo Chat box in the left column. Before you can take advantage of this you will have to create a MeeBo Me Widget. However, instead of copying the entire code into the template, you will only need to copy and paste a 10 letter identifier.
(1) Create a MeeBoMe Widget
If you don't already, you will first need to create a meebo account at http://www.meebo.com/ . Once in your account go to preferences : meebo me widget.
Then you will want to Add A New Widget. Give your Widget a name. This name is what will appear at the top of your widget. The research guide template is expecting the default configuration of the widget, so no further modifications need be made.
(2) Extract the Identifier
Now for the tricky part. Once your widget is created, the code to embed is found in the Widget Embed: field. You do not want all this code, only a 10 letter identifier. Copy and paste your embed code into a text editor such as notepad. It should look something like the following:
<!-- Beginning of meebo me widget code. Want to talk with visitors on your page? Go to http://www.meebome.com/ and get your widget! --> <object width="190" height="275" ><param name="movie" value="http://widget.meebo.com/mm.swf?HXAVlXUaPK"/><embed src="http://widget.meebo.com/mm.swf?HXAVlXUaPK" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="190" height="275"></embed></object>
The identifier is what comes after the mm.swf? as highlighted above (HXAVlXUaPK). This is all that should be entered in the MeeBo Code field in the Research Guide template.
New Easy Database linking
A couple of new filters have been added to our Drupal system. When a page is generated by Drupal it will look through the content to be displayed on the page for any "filterable text" that it recognises. If such filterable text exists, it replaces the text with what ever rule the filter tells it to. A new filter has been added that will allow you to easily embed a link and description of a database from the A-Z list . One big advantage of using this route, is that if the link to the database changes, your page will automatically reflect the update.
Here is an example:
[ view:InsertDB==AARP AgeLine (Ovid)]
The only difference between the first line and the filtered output is a space between [ and view. The brackets  are required as is view:InsertDB== . After that the title must match exactly with the title as found in the A-Z list (no parenthesis).
Currently this is the only filter available for displaying our databases, but others can be put in place to display the content differently. Suggestions are welcome and wanted.
Collapsible Text: Old and New
You may have seen through email a description of how using HTML lists, link anchors and class definitions, text can be made collapsible on your webpage. This method, while still available, is a bit rigid and troublesome to implement. A new method for collapsible text is now available using another Drupal filter. While the display takes a bit more space, you can use it to include a much wider range of content.
Here us an example:
[ collapse collapsed]
will produce output such as..
The difference between the first tags and the second set is a space between the [ and collapse and the content. Collapsed in the opening tag is optional. If omitted, the content will appear expanded initially, but can be collapsed by clicking the arrow. The title of the collapsible area is taken from the first header tag within the content ( H2 H3 H4 ... ) Header tags are available in the content editor next to the style selector drop down box. Just type the label, highlight, then choose a header tag. You will want to stay way from H1 as this would drowned out the page title. H3 or greater is probably best.
Quote of the .....
Want to put a Quote of the Day/Week/Month/Random? It's possible. Check out Robert Hinton's Communication Studies guide for an example.
This method does take a bit of work upfront. If there is enough interest, an updated system where quotes are placed directly into Drupal could be developed. If you have questions on this or any other item on this page, please contact Andy Smith .
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