Using the JCE Editor

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The fact that you are reading this article means you have been given special access to this website as an Author, Editor, or Publisher. The little icon immediately above the “U” in “Using the JCE Editor” appears to you in a similar position on the title of every article on the website.

Authors, Editors and Publishers have a hierarchy of authority that goes like this: Authors can add and edit their own articles, Editors can do that and also edit all articles, Publishers can do all that plus mark articles to be published or if already published, to unpublish them. Notice that only a Publisher can actually make an article visible to everyone. Authors and editors can see their own articles but not actually make them available to the general public (or membership – whichever applies). If you are an Author or Editor and create a new article, the site administrator will be notified when you save it and he can mark it for publication. If you are a Publisher, you can mark it for publication immediately by clicking the “Yes” radio button next to “Published”.

A Little Tutorial

When you log in and look at any article you will see a little icon with a pencil that lets you edit the one it is at the top of (dangling prepostion). As a tutorial, click on that little page with the pencil icon upper left of your screen right now and look for this second paragraph in the editing window. You are now in the word processor mode. At the top, you are seeing a box with this article’s title in it, then a bunch of little icons – the editing functions you can use, and a large area where this text is contained. Go ahead and change some text by inserting your cursor and typing and deleting then continue reading within this text editor window. You will be told to cancel out of this mode after a few paragraphs.

Below the text area are several controls that let you place the article in any Section and Category on the website. The Sections correspond to the list of items you see in the site menu on the left of every page of the website. The Categories correspond to the menu items you see when you hover your mouse over one of the Sections. 

You also see radio buttons that let you select whether the article should show up on the front page and whether it is even published at all. Thus you can create an article and work on it for days, and finally publish it. There is also provision for automatically unpublishing an article on a certain date in the future. You can use this if it is appropriate.

You can also choose the access level for the article. If you select “Registered” then only registered users can see it. “Special” means people like you who have authoring authority. This article you are reading at this moment is in that access level. If you try to find it in the menus before you log in, you will not find it because it is hidden.

Farther down you see two text boxes for Metadata and Keywords. The Metadata is a short description of the article – one or two sentences – that could serve as a teaser and my be used by various search engines as the description of the link. The Keywords are for search engines – both on the web and within the website itself. 

Now please click “Cancel” in the upper right corner of the the screen that you are in to exit the text editor and save the article unaltered.

How to Use the Editor

A little more about the word processor. It is quite good and does a lot of stuff, most of which you may never use so don’t let all those little icons frighten you. If you hover your cursor over any of them you will see a short description of it. Here is a picture of the toolbar. There is a pretty goodJCEtoolbar picture help button at the extreme upper left (a tiny circle with a question mark in it.). The ones that are most often needed are the indent/outdent buttons (immediately under the [Font Size] button at the top), the horizontal rule (lower right between the printer and the x2), the link button (select a word or phrase by dragging your mouse across it and see the 3 link chain become active at the 4th from last button), and the image insertion button (looks like a small TV screen in the 6th from last position). Notice the the x2 is done by typing the “x”, then clicking the x2 button, then type the “2”, click the x2 again, and continue. The same sequence applies to x2 and several other buttons, like underline, italics, bold, etc.

If you know some elementary HTML, the third from last button (with less than greater than on it) will let you see the entire article’s HTML in a new pop up window and you can edit it directly while in that window. The color of the type face is the sixth from the left in the second row: select some text and apply a color.

A Word About Links

When you select a word or phrase and click the little three-linked chain icon, you get an “Advanced Link” window (as shown here) where you can do some customization of theJCEditorLinkDialog link you are creating. If you are creating a link that goes outside the PFWW website, the URL must begin with http://… as shown on the right. You want to set the “Target” to “Open a new window”. See the pulldown box near the bottom of the Advanced Link window. Otherwise, when a reader clicks your link it will open the linked page within their current browser window and they will be taken from your article and have to re-enter and navigate back to your article in order to finish reading it.

If you want to create links within an article so that, for example, you can have a list at the top of the article of its major sections (function like a linked Table of Contents), then you want to first insert anchors to the left of the texts you want to link TO. Use the little anchor icon near the right end of the second row of icons to do this.  Give the anchors names that you can recognize later. Then select the word(s) you want to link FROM and in the window (as shown at the right) click on the right end of the Anchors pulldown and select the anchor you want this text to link to.

Last of all, don’t be afraid of it. The very worst case can be fixed by deleting the article so just go for it like a 10 year old boy and you will learn like he does.