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Add Content to Template (step 3 of 5)

Below you will find instructions for adding content to a template file. If you do not already have one, you will need to create a template file before proceeding with this step.

To create a template file, start at step one.

Instructions for Adding Content

Once you have saved the Calendar File on your computer, you can open up the Calendar File in an HTML editor and add content to it. A good free HTML editor is Nvu, an improved version of the Mozilla Composer. (You can also find the original Mozilla Composer program as part of the Mozilla Application Suite.) You can also use Dreamweaver or any other standard web editing software.

ABOUT WORD: You should not use Microsoft Word to add content to your Calendar File. Microsoft Word is not a webpage editor. You will not be able to display your calendar content on a webpage if you create the content using Microsoft Word. If you have content in a Word document that you want to transfer to your calendar:

  • Open the Word document in Word.
  • Open the Notepad program (a Windows accessory: Start - Programs - Accessories - Notepad).
  • Open your Calendar File in an HTML editor (Composer, Dreamweaver, etc.).
  • Highlight and copy the content from Word.
  • Paste the content into Notepad (this cleans up the Word gunk).
  • Highly and copy the content from Notepad.
  • Paste the content into your Calendar File.

Here are some pointers to keep in mind as you add content to the Calendar:

  • Content Cells. The content cells are in the right-hand column of the table. Do not edit the content of the columns on the left. You can insert any kind of HTML content you want except for tables! Please do not insert a table inside any of the content cells. Any other kind of HTML formatting -- bold, italics, bulleted lists, horizontal lines, hyperlinks -- will be fine.

  • Adding New Rows. It is possible to add a new row to the Calendar if you accidentally deleted a date or simply did not include a date in the original Calendar File. Add the row, and then enter the date information, following the exact format that you see in the other rows. The exact formatting of the content in the left row(s) depends on the type of calendar content you are creating: date-based, perpetual, or random.

  • Delete Blank Rows. If you have left any Content Cells blank, then you need to DELETE the entire row. If you leave a row with a blank Content Cell in the table, it will cause "blank" content to be displayed for that date.

  • Inserting Images. It is best to insert images by using the absolute location of the image, instead of the relative location. If you use the absolute location, that will give you the freedom to publish your Calendar Content anywhere or to share the Calendar Content with others to reuse at their websites.

  • Style or Class Attributes . If you are using Style or Class Tags, make sure that you do not include them in the <td> tag for the content cell. Instead, you need to create a <div> tag or a <p> tag (or some other tag) inside the <td> tag, and then include the style or class attributes within that tag. If your style or class attributes end up in the <td> tag, they will not be include in the Calendar Content displayed on the webpage.

  • Save Your Calendar File!. Make sure you save your Calendar. If you decide to make changes to the content later on, you will need to be able to access the Calendar File again in order to make those changes.

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