Format your text with bullets, links, bold/italics/underlining or do simple spelling checks. (Found on text components.)
Published April 28, 2022
Components are modified by selecting them and then clicking the subsequently displayed tool bar. The pencil icon (when present) provides access to change text, while the wrench icon ('Configure') opens the settings. Click the checkmark to save any changes.
Most text components except Title have a Rich Text Editor (RTE) toolbar that provides some basic ways to modify your text, such as bold, italics, bulleting and hyperlinks. Click the pencil icon to reveal this toolbar, make any changes, then click the checkmark to save them.
Some text components such as Title or Body Text also support an 'in place editor' where you click the pencil icon, then edit the text directly. Once your changes are done, simply click elsewhere on the page to save them, or use the Escape key on your keyboard to cancel. This method allows simple text changes, but no toolbar or formatting is provided.
You may also use styling from more advanced software like MS Word or even another webpage. Allowable styles (e.g. bold, italics, bulleting, hyperlinks special characters, accents and emojis) will paste right into the UBCMS while others (e.g. colored text, different fonts, true headings or images) will be filtered out. It is also possible to create special characters within the UBCMS using keyboard shortcuts.
A few basic formatting options are provided. Think of these like a light version of MS Word.
Text components (e.g. Body Text, Title, Flexible Shared Content) support emojis. Copy-paste the symbol into the component dialog box from another source, but please be very thoughtful. Emoji meanings vary markedly from culture to culture and a poor but well-intentioned choice may confuse or even upset your audience.
On-Brand, Safe Emojis
💙 🤘 🎉 💪 😎 🙌 👏
What to Avoid
Please remember to consider that using emojis in your personal communications is much different from using them in university communications, so always take care to consider all possible meanings for different walks of life. Many emojis have multiple meanings in different contexts.
🤪 🤬 🥵 🥴 🤢 🤮 🤑 😈 👿 👹 👺 🤡 💩 💀 ☠️ 👽 👌🏽 🖖 🖕🏼 🙏🏻 👄 💋 👅 👼🏼 💁🏽♀️ 🌚 💦 🍑 🍆 🏩 🔪 🗡 ⚔️ 🧨 💣 🔫 📿 🧿
These examples are a good starting point, but please keep in mind that this list is not definitive. You can always reach out to UB Social if you are unsure!
Text components allow special characters such as accented letters, non-English fonts, and symbols. These can be created in another program like MS Word, copied from a website reference, or even created using keyboard shortcuts.
When copying and pasting into a text component—Body Text, for example—the UBCMS filters out any formatting that is not compatible with that component. This removes colored text, other fonts and background colors. But some characters will transfer in from an existing Word document (©, for example) that are impossible to recreate using the normal Rich Text Editor tools provided by the UBCMS. All sorts of special characters can still be added to your UBCMS pages, such as fractions (¼), the degree symbol (°), mathematical symbols (≥), letters with accents (ö), or the symbols for copyright (©), trademark (™) and registered (®) as well as emojis (☺).
Special characters can be fairly easily created in other programs such as Word or copied in from from a master reference of HTML entity or Unicode 'Alt Codes' (see references linked elsewhere on this page).
Simply highlight the character you want to use, then use Control-C to copy and Control-V to paste it into the component you are using on your UBCMS page.
Please be careful with these - we cannot guarantee they will always be displayed correctly in all browsers, and they may not all work cleanly in the Title component when it is displayed in site navigation or lists. Also, some symbols like emojis have quite different meanings depending on your audience.
As with any UBCMS workarounds, double check the final published page and be specially careful with any of the more unusual characters.
Special characters can also be entered directly into the UBCMS text components, by using Windows 'Alt' and MAC 'Option' code combinations.
Use Windows 'Alt' or MAC 'Option' code combinations (such as Alt-0169 or Option-G, for copyright) directly within the UBCMS text component. For Windows users, you must hold down the Alt key while typing the numbers ON THE NUMBER KEYPAD. MAC users, simply hold down the Option key while typing the characters. Examples include:
Many laptop keyboards are too small to have a separate number keypad. As a workaround, it may be possible to turn on a number keypad feature by pressing the Num Lck key, or simultaneously pressing the FN and Scr Lk keys.
Using this number keypad feature, the substitute keys are as follows:
M = 0
J = 1
K = 2
L = 3
U = 4
I = 5
O = 6
7 = 7
8 = 8
9 = 9
(And if the Num Lck workaround is not possible, try pressing the FN button down and the Alt key, then enter the desired numbers.)
Should you realize you deleted or changed a component by mistake, the built-in Undo/Redo feature may be helpful.
Look at the top left of the window for curved arrows. Immediately after you modify a component (edit, copy, cut, paste or delete), the Undo button will appear.
After an Undo, the Redo button will also appear. Click the appropriate button and your modification will be changed.
This only applies to the last 20 changes made within the past 10 hours, and is subject to other factors, including your browser.
Undo/Redo can cause confusion if several people work on the same page at a time. Since the changes pertain to the page, not the user, one author may accidentally undo the work of another author.
Make a word, phrase or sentence into a hyperlink so that clicking on it will bring you to another page.
To build an internal UBCMS link, click the checkmark button. A new dialog box will open which allows you to browse for the UBCMS target page. (You will only see pages you have permissions to view, which includes your own sites, all Shared Content, and all Assets.) If you are linking to a site outsid ethe UBCMS, or to a UBCMS page you cannot see, type in the complete URL (including "http://" ot "https://").
For Target, you can select Same Tab (the current browser window), New Tab (i.e. 'load in new window'), Parent Frame or Top Frame.
Make a word, phrase or sentence into an anchor so that clicking on it will bring you to a specific heading on a page.
To remove the Anchor, select the linked text, click the Anchor button, then click the Delete button and save your changes.
To make a link to the anchor, add #anchorname at the end of the URL, where anchorname is the name of your anchor;
Note: for components without a Rich Text Editor, an anchor is usually set as the ID in the settings.
The spell checker is not very advanced. It may erroneously highlight legitimate words if they are uncommon or foreign. It will get confused by capitalized words, and does not check for grammar or correct usage.