1. Table Layout
Table Layout Method
A very easy way to lay out a CMS Outreach page is to insert a table into the HTML module. This is a useful method for teachers who want more control of their page. A few points:
- Insert a table with one or more rows and one column.
Insert content into the cells and format.
- Don't resize the table. The "default" size is good.
To add a background color to a table:
- Select the table by putting your cursor on one of the cell walls and clicking. Handles will appear on the sides and corners of the table when it is selected.
- Click the Highlight icon (circled in red in the image) to open the color picker.
- Select a color to put a background color behind the table contents, or click More Colors... to choose a color not shown in the picker.
Note: There is another method for changing
background color of a table, which is shown below, but this
method is simpler and easier to teach.
2. Modifying an Existing Table
To modify a table in CMS Outreach, it's a good idea to understand
a few things about how tables are created in HTML. Here are the tags
that are used to build tables:
<table> - This tag controls
the properties of the entire table.
Here's the code to create a 500-pixel-wide, centered, 2X2 (two rows, two columns) table:
<tr> - Table
Row. This tag begins and ends every row in a table.
Every cell in a table begins and ends with this tag.
| Start of the table
|| Start of first row
|| Cells of the first row
|| End of first row
|| Start of second row
|| Cells of the second row
|| End of second row
|| End of the table
Select table cell (above) and
select table row (below)
Changing properties within a CMS Outreach table is not hard, if you understand how tables work. To modify a single cell in a table, or an entire row:
- Select the part of the table to be changed:
To select a single cell, click within a cell, then place your
cursor on the <td> button, and the cell
will be highlighted.
To select a row, click anywhere in the row, then place your
cursor on the <tr> button, and the row
will be highlighted.
To select the entire table, click anywhere in the table,
then place your cursor on the <table>
button, and the whole table will be highlighted.
- Click the button (<td>,
<tr>, or <table>) and
select Properties from the menu that appears.
- Browse through the properties to find background
colors, padding, cell spacing, or other attributes that you want to change.
Single 500-pixel image for use in a
CMS Outreach page.
An image can be used as the sole content of a CMS Outreach page. A variety of tools, such as Powerpoint templates, Fireworks, or Photoshop, can be used to create such an image, but it is best to use an application that allows you to set the basic style of the images, so that only the unique information on an individual, team or department can be inserted.
In order to "fit" the space available in the CMS Outreach page, set the image width between 500 and 600 pixels. The height of the image should generally be no more than 350 pixels, in order to fit the window without vertical scrolling.
This image is intended for use in the HTML Module, with no other modules. An image page is best suited to pages that do not change frequently, such as administrator pages.
Important Accessibility Issue: The Alternative text needs to be very descriptive. Ideally, it should contain all of the most important information contained in the image. If you place your cursor on the George Lawson image just above, you'll see just how much can be contained in Alternative text!