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How to post an article to the “editing workspace”

The Basic Process

1. Have a digital copy of the finished text of your feature article
2. Log on Control Panel for the Montana Heritage Project website
3. Go to the Publish page
4. Select the “Editing Workspace” weblog
5. Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing.
6. Submit the form

Details

1. Have a digital copy of the finished text of your feature article

You should complete your article in a word processor and have it spell-checked and copy edited before submitting it online. You will need to have a digital copy of the article on the computer you will use to upload the article. (Note: If you are pasting from Word or another word processor, first copy the text and paste it into your email program--as if you were going to send an email--and then copy and paste it from the email into the forms on the the Publish page. This will convert your text to html-friendly text, so that you don’t get lots of strange characters in your post). This will remove all formatting, such as bold or italic text, from your article. You can use the html buttons on the publish form to re-apply formatting.)

2. Log on Control Panel for the Montana Heritage Project website

You need to have registered on http://www.montanaheritageproject.org before you will be able to log on to the Control Panel. After you register, you will be sent an email confirmation before your membership is active. This is a security precaution.

Once your registration is complete, you can log on to the control panel here: http://www.montanaheritageproject.org/mpcp/index.php

3. Go to the Publish page

Once you are logged on to the Control Panel, click the “PUBLISH” link in the upper left corner of your screen. This will open the PUBLISH form where you will enter your information.

4. Select the “Editing Workspace” weblog

If you have permission to publish in more than one weblog, a list of these weblogs will appear. Select “EDITING WORKSPACE,” and then the PUBLISH form will appear.

5. Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing

Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing.

Required fields are marked with a red asterice: *. To prevent problems in case you were not able to get all the requested information, most of the fields are not required. However, all the information is important to make your work useful to future researchers, so be as complete as you can.

6. Submit the form

The “SUBMIT” button is in the upper right corner of the PUBLISH FORM.  Until you click SUBMIT, your work is not saved and will be lost if you exit the program.

There is also a PREVIEW button, that let’s you see your work without sending it to the web.

Below the SUBMIT button is an ENTRY STATUS button that is set to OPEN by default. OPEN means that when you submit your information, it will appear on the website. You can change the ENTRY STATUS to CLOSED. This means that when you submit your information, it will be saved on the server but it will not be visible on the web site. This is useful if you are not able to finish your work in one session. If you want to save your work to finish later, change the ENTRY STATUS to CLOSED and submit it. If you do not submit it, it will not be saved.

Flash Tutorial: Here is a brief movie showing how to post an entry. You will need the FLASH plug-in installed on your browser. It is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024 or higher.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 06/15 at 03:26 PM

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