Formatting and layout

Formatting

While editors have a great deal of freedom in the Simpleview CMS, and there may well be differences between pages, or even language versions of the same page, it is nevertheless important that the entire site has a similar expression and style. In addition, there are some places where mistakes can easily happen, and where one should tread carefully.

10 rules of thumb when formatting

  1. Only one H1 – Each page should have only one H1 heading. Usually on the header slide; if no header slide present, it should be the topmost heading.
  2. Other headings – The other main headings will normally be H2.
  3. Nesting headings – When creating a page with a nested structure, make sure to use progressively smaller size headings that reflect the structure.
  4. Intro text – Normal text centre justified in text box widget, placed in a container in a one column panel.
  5. Formatting styles – Predefined styles such as H1-H6 should almost never be given additional formatting.
  6. Remove formatting before pasting – When copying text from another format or source, remember to remove formatting before pasting into the CMS.
  7. No formatting in description-fields – The description and meta-description fields should not contain text that has any formatting except for the Normal style.
  8. Bolding – Bolding is a good way to increase readability, ie emphasizing a few important words by putting them in bold.
  9. Be consistent – When formatting text on a page, find a page of similar type and check how it’s been done there. If possible, follow the same style as that page.
  10. Make words stand out – You may use italics to make words stand out or denote linguistic stress, but do so sparingly, and only if you’re sure it is necessary.

 Layout

Each page consists of four different sections, of which the middle two are the only ones to regularly be edited:

page sections

  • Header – In general not to be changed by editors, unless global changes are requested.
  • Header slideshow – The top image, video or slideshow, and its title, link, share buttons, and other elements.
  • Content – The main body of the page, where most of the editing will take place.
  • Footer – In general not to be changed by editors, unless global changes are requested.

Bolding

Here are some guidelines for using bold in body text:

  • The main purpose of bolding is to make it easier for the reader to pick up the important points when scanning the article.
  • Try to avoid bolding more than two to five words.
  • Too much bolding will defeat the purpose and actually decrease readability.
  • Use bold only – do not use ALL CAPS or underlined text; this will look like shouting, or be easily confused with links.
  • Do not bold link texts. It is usually best to insert links in the article first, and then do the bolding.
  • Bold important information only – if it is insignificant, subjective or anything but important facts, do not bold it.
  • Avoid bolding names foreign tourists are not familiar with.

 Additional information

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