Formatting, Images & Media, Cutting and Pasting Tips
Content posted to the NWP Digital Is website will be read online. Therefore, use best practices in composing for online environments, including:
- Breaking text into shorter paragraphs for easier reading online
- Highlighting major sections through subheads or by creating a multi-page resource
- Previewing sections, particularly in multi-page books, for easier navigation
- Integrating references to multimedia into the text so that viewers understand the relationship of media to other content
- Creating titles and summaries with a view toward ease of search
Images & Media
We encourage the creation of resources that incorporate images, audio, video, and text. This is meant to support a variety of readers as well as a variety of content to be shared.
When composing with video and/or audio, consider limiting the length to 4-5 minutes. When longer content is included, consider providing guidelines for watching (including time stamp and overview of content) beneath the video/audio player.
There are several ways to include images in a resource. This tutorial screencast explains the options:
Cutting and Pasting Tips
When you cut and paste into Digital Is from other word processing programs, you can transfer extraneous HTML tags which will cause problems with your formatting.
Please remove formatting from word processing programs by doing one of the following:
- first saving your text as Plain; or
- cutting and pasting your text into a simple editor (like Simple Text, etc.) before posting into Digital Is; or
- using “Paste as Plain Text” or “Paste from Word” buttons within the resource creation form to copy/paste text from editor to the Digital Is website.
Doing any of these things will better assure that accidental HTML/formatting does not transfer into your resource.