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LibGuides - Getting Started: Rich Text/HTML

About Text Boxes

Text boxes are the most basic and most flexible type of content box in LibGuides.

Using the Rich-Text Editor -- see the box at right -- text can be highlighted and formatted in many ways through the use of buttons on the toolbar.

The Source button in the editor makes it possible to edit the HTML code directly.

Link Options

LibGuides allows for two kinds of link boxes: Links within Rich Text or Link lists.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each. 

In a Link box, you enter the name of the link, the URL, and an optional description of up to 255 characters. The links appear in a bulleted list, with the descriptions appearing where you determined they should be placed when creating.  

The Text Box Rich Text Editor

Icons (shown here) at the top of the Rich-Text Editor make it possible to format text in a text box in many ways. Text can be given different styles, font sizes, colors, highlighted, bold, italics, justified, bulleted/numbered lists, hyperlinked. 

Text boxes also make it possible to add images and tables. (See the Add Images tab for more using on images.)

If you are comfortable manipulating HTML coding, you can select the Source button to view the HTML source code.  

Advantages of Link Boxes Over Links in Text Boxes

Link Boxes:

  • Automatically arrange resources into bulleted lists that are neater, more consistent, and easier to create than they are in text boxes.
  • Automatically format descriptions of the resources on a separate line or in a pop-up box (depending on the type of link box.)
  • Make it easier to manage and edit content, with each element (title, URL, description) of each link able to be edited via a form instead of having to move through a long block of text to make changes.
  • Encourage concise descriptions. There are limits on the length of descriptions, but shorter descriptions are generally better and in keeping with our goal of less text-heavy guides. (There are sometimes good reasons for longer descriptions, but there are also other options for making them available.)

2 Possible Reasons to List Links in Text Boxes

There are two possible disadvantages and reasons you might want to keep links in a text box:

  1. Size limit on descriptions: A Simple Web Links box gives you only 255 characters for descriptions. A Links & Lists box gives you that and an additional pop-up description unlimited in size. There may be cases where you feel it's necessary to provide a longer description without a pop-up. In general, though, shorter is better; the longer the text, the less likely our users are to read it.
  2. Inability to group links in a box: There may be cases where you'll want to group Web links by some category. You cannot do this in a single box (though you can create separate boxes on a page for different types of links.) You can also add descriptive text, with no size limitations, at the top of an Web links box, but only at the top.