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Rich-text editor

You write your narratives—bodies for articles and blog posts, captions, and other elements—inside the rich-text editor (RTE). If you are familiar with Google Docs, Disqus, Wordpress, or other web-based word processors, then you are already familiar with Brightspot's RTE.

Note

This section describes features available in Brightspot's standard RTE. Your version of Brightspot may have different features or a different workflow for a particular feature.

Working with text in the rich-text editor

The RTE provides the following popular features for working with text:

  • Applying boldface, italics, underline, and other typeface effects.

  • Aligning paragraphs to the right, center, or left.

  • Applying multi-level bullets and numbering.

You can paste content from Microsoft Word or Google Docs directly into the RTE, retaining much of the source document's formatting.

Working with enhancements in the rich-text editor

You can include enhancements, such as images, videos, and external content, in the RTE.

Embedding enhancements in the rich-text editor

You can embed enhancements into the RTE. For example, if you are writing a story about a traffic accident, you can embed images or videos pertaining to the incident.

Embedding enhancements using the toolbar

Using this method, you can embed existing shared enhancements or upload new media as shared or one-off.

Procedure. To embed media using the toolbar:
  1. Position the cursor on an empty line.

  2. Click |mi-image|, and then select the type of enhancement you want to embed. An Edit form appears.

  3. In the Edit form, search for or create the enhancement you want to embed.

  4. Click Save & Close.

Embedding enhancements using drag-and-drop

Using this method, you upload new shared media into the RTE.

Procedure. To embed enhancements using drag-and-drop:
  1. Drag a media file from your file manager into the RTE. The Upload Files widget appears.

  2. Complete the fields for the media, and then click Upload.

Tip

The uploaded media appears in the Recent Activity widget. Open the media from that widget to add additional metadata.

Positioning enhancements in the rich-text editor

Use one of the following methods to move enhancements to a different position within the RTE:

  • Cut and paste the enhancement.

  • Click the enhancement to display the editing toolbar, and then click one of the buttons described in the following table.

    Table 5. Toolbar buttons for positioning enhancements

    Button

    Description

    |mi-arrow_upward|

    Moves the enhancement up one paragraph.

    |mi-arrow_downward|

    Moves the enhancement down one paragraph.

    |mi-open_with|

    Turns on drag-and-drop. After clicking the button, move the mouse to the new position, and then click open_with to place the enhancement. For a demonstration, watch the following video.



Collaborating using the rich-text editor

The RTE provides tools for managing tracked changes and comments. When track changes is enabled, an additional toolbar opens in the RTE for accepting, rejecting, and previewing changes.

Turning on or turning off tracked changes
. To turn on or turn off track changes:
  • On the toolbar, toggle Track Changes to on.

Accepting or rejecting tracked changes
Procedure. To accept or reject tracked changes:
  1. To accept or reject one change, click inside or select the tracked change. Click Accept Changes or Reject Changes on the track changes toolbar.

  2. To accept or reject all changes, click Accept All or Reject All on the track changes toolbar. The number next to Accept All and Reject All indicates the number of changes.

Previewing tracked changes

You can preview the result of accepting all tracked changes.

. To preview tracked changes:
  • On the track changes toolbar, toggle Preview to on.

Adding comments
Procedure. To add a comment:
  1. Position the cursor where you want to place the comment. Ensure no text is selected.

  2. On the toolbar, click |mi-comment|.

Deleting comments
Procedure. To delete a comment:
  1. Click inside or select the comment.

  2. Click |mi-close|.

Showing or hiding comments
. To show or hide comments:
  • On the toolbar, click |mi-more_horiz|.

Enhancement locks in the RTE

When you are editing an enhancement inside the RTE, such as an image or video, the enhancement is locked and other editors cannot modify it. For detailed information about locking, see Locking.

Toggling full-screen editing

You can expand the RTE so that it occupies your entire browser window—a useful feature if you are writing a long article or blog post.

. To toggle full-screen editing:
  • On the toolbar, click |mi-fullscreen|.

Inserting special characters

Use one of the following methods to insert special characters, such as characters with accents or ligature:

Entering HTML code

You can enter hard-coded HTML in the RTE.

Caution

Entering incorrect HTML in the RTE can cause your narrative to render incorrectly on the published site. Be sure you have a solid knowledge of HTML elements and attributes before using this feature.

Procedure. To enter HTML inside the RTE:
  1. Position the cursor where you want to add the HTML.

  2. On the toolbar, click |mi-code| to toggle on HTML coding.

  3. Type the HTML code.

  4. Click |mi-code| again to toggle off HTML coding.

Procedure. To enter HTML in the plain-text editor:
  1. On the toolbar, click HTML to activate the plain-text editor. (If HTML is missing from the toolbar, ask your Brightspot administrator to give you access to it.)

  2. Type the HTML code.

  3. Click HTML again to return to the rich-text editor.

Finding and replacing text

You can find and replace text in the rich-text editor similarly to other word processors.

Procedure. To find and replace text:
  1. On the toolbar, click |mi-search|, or press Ctrl-F (Windows/Linux) or ⌘-F (OS X). The find widget appears.

    find-widget.png
  2. Enter the text you want to find.

  3. Click |mi-chevron_right| and |mi-chevron_left| to find the next or previous occurrence.

  4. To replace text, do the following:

    1. In the widget, click |mi-more_horiz|. The replace widget appears.

      replace-widget.png
    2. Enter the replacement text.

    3. Mark Match Case and Match Whole Word as required.

    4. Click Replace or Replace All.

Keyboard shortcuts

The following table lists some of the keyboard shortcuts available in the editing area. (Your version of Brightspot may have different keyboard shortcuts.) If you need a keyboard shortcut that's not available, contact your Brightspot representative to add it.

Shortcut

Description

Windows

Mac

Linux

Select

Ctrl-A

⌘-A

Ctrl-A

Select all

Shift-Right

⇧-Right

Shift-Right

Select one character to the right.

Shift-Left

⇧-Left

Shift-Left

Select one character to the left

Shift-End

⇧-Ctrl-Right

Shift-End

Select to end of line.

Shift-Home

⇧-Ctrl-Left

Shift-Home

Select to beginning of line.

Shift-Down

⇧-Down

Shift-Down

Select one line down.

Shift-Up

⇧- Up

Shift- Up

Select one line up.

Shift-Ctrl-End

⇧-⌘-Down

Shift-Ctrl-End

Select to end of editing area.

Shift-Ctrl-Home

⇧-⌘-Up

Shift-Ctrl-Home

Select to beginning of editing area.

Shift-Ctrl-Right

⇧-⌥-Right

Shift-Ctrl-Right

Select next word.

Shift-Ctrl-Left

⇧-⌥-Left

Shift-Ctrl-Left

Select previous word.

Shift-PageDown

⇧-PageDown, ⇧-Fn-Down

N/A

Select one page down.

Shift-PageUp

⇧-PageUp, ⇧-Fn-Up

N/A

Select one page up.

Move

Up

Up, Ctrl-P

Up

Move cursor up.

Down

Down, Ctrl-N

Down

Move cursor down.

Left

Left, Ctrl-B

Left

Move cursor left.

Right

Right, Ctrl-F

Right

Move cursor right.

Ctrl-A

Move to beginning of paragraph.

Ctrl-E

Move to end of paragraph.

Ctrl-Left

⌥-Left

Ctrl-Left

Move cursor one word to the left.

Ctrl-Right

⌥-Right

Ctrl-Right

Move cursor one word to the right.

Ctrl-Home

⌘-Up

Ctrl-Home

Move cursor to beginning of editing area.

Ctrl-End

⌘-Down

Ctrl-End

Move cursor to end of editing area.

End

⌘-Right

End

Move cursor to end of line.

Home

⌘-Left

Home

Move cursor to beginning of line.

PageDown

PageDown, Fn-Down

Scroll down one page.

PageUp

PageUp, Fn-Up

Scroll up one page.

Delete

⌘-Delete

Ctrl-Shift-Backspace

Delete to beginning of line.

Ctrl-Shift-Delete

Delete to end of line.

Backspace

Delete

Backspace

Delete to the left.

Delete

Ctrl-D

Delete

Delete to the right.

Ctrl-Delete

Ctrl-Delete

Delete word to right.

Ctrl-Backspace

Ctrl-Backspace

Delete word to left.

Paragraph alignment

Ctrl-Alt-L

⌘-⇧-L

Ctrl-Alt-L

Left

Ctrl-Alt-E

⌘-⇧-E

Ctrl-Alt-E

Center

Ctrl-Alt-R

⌘-⇧-R

Ctrl-Alt-R

Right

Text Formatting

Ctrl-B

⌘-B

Ctrl-B

Bold

Ctrl-I

⌘-I

Ctrl-I

Italic

Ctrl-U

⌘-U

Ctrl-U

Underline

Ctrl-Alt-X

⌘-⇧-X

Ctrl-Alt-X

Strikethrough

Ctrl-Shift- -

⌘-.

Ctrl-Shift- -

Superscript

Ctrl-=

⌘-,

Ctrl-=

Subscript

Ctrl-Space

⌘-\

Ctrl-Space

Clear character formatting

Ctrl-K

⌘-K

Ctrl-K

Hyperlink

Lists

Ctrl-Shift-8

⌘-⇧-8

Ctrl-Shift-8

Bullets

Ctrl-Shift-7

⌘-⇧-7

Ctrl-Shift-7

Numbers

Ctrl-]

Ctrl-]

Demote list level

Ctrl-[

Ctrl-[

Promote list level

Find

Ctrl-F

⌘-F

Ctrl-F

Finds in editing area

Special

Ctrl-Shift-C

Ctrl-⇧-C

Ctrl-Shift-C

Type raw HTML

Ctrl-Shift-K

⌘-⇧-K

Ctrl-Shift-K

Show keyboard with special characters

Ctrl-Z

⌘-Z

Ctrl-Z

Undo

Ctrl-Y

⌘-⇧-Z

Ctrl-Y

Redo

Enhancements

Ctrl-Shift-Q

⌘-⇧-Q

Ctrl-Shift-Q

Pull quote

Ctrl-Shift-I

Ctrl-⇧-I

Ctrl-Shift-I

Image

Ctrl-Shift-G

Ctrl-⇧-G

Ctrl-Shift-G

Gallery

Ctrl-Shift-P

Ctrl-⇧-P

Ctrl-Shift-P

Playlist

Ctrl-Shift-V

Ctrl-⇧-V

Ctrl-Shift-V

Video

Ctrl-Shift-M

Ctrl-⇧-M

Ctrl-Shift-M

Module

Collaboration

Ctrl-Shift-'

Ctrl-⇧-'

Ctrl-Shift-'

Toggle comment insertion

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