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HOWTO: article submissions

How to submit and format articles and images to the library, history and news sections of libcom

A well formatted article is easier and more pleasant to read and should be easier for site users to quickly print off a readable copy. So a little extra work is worth it.

Submitting and formatting
First, take a look at a formatted article - http://libcom.org/library/intakes-history-tactics-political-reading. This will give you an idea of what we are talking about below. Also read the formatting guides for news and Library and History.

Submitting text/article
1) Click on 'create content' at top of page.
2) Click on library, blog entry, history or news. This will take you to the appropriate page.
3) Type in the title of the article in the 1st box. This should use normal sentence case. I.e. "Strike continues at Ford". Rather than "Strike Continues at Ford". Try to keep article titles as short as possible, while still explaining what the article is about. For library articles, please include the author of the text in the title like this: GI opposition the Vietnam War, - Howard Zinn
4) Please add an image to any article you post up. Try to include the most relevant picture possible. Google image search is a great way to find photographs, but please do not post up images copyrighted by big companies like the BBC or Associated press.
If you cannot find a photograph of the exact story you are covering, please use one related to the person, company, or city that is mentioned, for example. Ideally the photograph will be a good image, with the bulk of the detail in the centre of the image, so that it will be visible in our site's thumbnails. (See our submitting images guide, below for more information)
5) Choose the appropriate categories for the article in the 'regions' and 'sectors' list. (If you are unsure on the correct choice, it can be done by an editor after submission.) You can select multiple regions or sectors by using ctrl-click. Topics the article is about can be entered in the tags box, but only match tags to ones which already exist, please do not create any new tags. For more guidance see our article tagging guide.
6) Enter a brief explanation of the article in the 'Introduction' box. If appropriate, this could be the 1st paragraph of the article. Otherwise, write a short descriptive summary of around 130 characters, or one or two lines on the page. This will automatically appear at the beginning of the article in bold type in the finished submission.
7) Paste in the article itself to the 'Body' box.
8) If your article is about a particular geographical location, in the 'Location' field please click the location on the map it is about.

Formatting text

In your article, if you include subheadings, please use BB code headers for these. There are three levels of subheadings which look like this:

Subheading 1

Subheading 2

Subheading 3

Body text

To use subheadings type the following code around the text of subheading, but leaving out the spaces:
[ h2] Subheading 1 [ /h2]
[ h3] Subheading 2 [ /h3]
[ h4] Subheading 3 [ /h4]

Some articles in their original format have too many line breaks. to correct this use a site like this one; http://www.fwointl.com/FWOFormatter.html
- and set max characters to 999999 and Format. You can also use word processor' Find and replace functions to remove additional line breaks and correct any repeated errors.

Also ensure that you use (two) full line breaks for paragraphs to ensure readable text. One line break will not get caught by our automatic paragraph formatting.

If you are writing the text yourself, then short paragraphs are easiest to read, especially on computer screens, so please keep paragraphs brief.

Footnotes
Footnotes can be automatically generated at the end of articles. Where you would normally put the footnote number like [1] instead, put the text of your footnote wrapped in <fn>Footnote goes here</fn> tags. When you submit the article, Drupal will find all the footnotes and format the superscript numbers and link to them for you.

File attachments
If you would like to attach a file to your article, such as a PDF, or other images you would like to display in the article, click the File attachments link, then browse to the files on your computer. If you would like readers to be able to view and download the file, for example with PDF documents check the "list" box next to the file. If you would like them to remain hidden, for example with images you have used in the article, leave it unchecked.

The maximum upload size is 16 MB. Only files with the following extensions may be uploaded: jpg jpeg gif png txt html doc xls pdf ppt pps odt ods odp tif svg mobi epub psd zip xml docx rtf.

Adding lengthy books
To add entire books, or texts too long to be in one article, you can add a book with different chapters and sections. See Volin's Unknown revolution for example.

- Create a library or history article as normal
- fill in the fields as appropriate with the name, author and description of the book etc, then click Book outline.
- in the Book drop-down field which appears, click the second from top option, <create a new book>.
- click save.
- to add subsequent chapters click "add child page" on the book page you have just created.
- Do not add tags, regions or sectors to child pages as you will have already categorised the parent book.

Sources
Please credit sources at the end of your article with any relevant information such as author, edits or translations, in italics. e.g.
By Wildcat Germany, 2009, taken and slightly edited by libcom from www.prol-position.net

Adding tables
If the article you want to add has a table in it, you can use an online automated HTML table generator such as this one:
http://www.quackit.com/html/html_table_generator.cfm
If you put in an HTML table you need to set the input format to "normal (some HTML allowed new)"

And finally…
If you ever have any problems, or need any assistance adding formatting content there are lots of people happy and able to help you. Just make a post in our feedback and content forum.

Thank you for reading, and for making libcom.org an easier and more attractive site to use!

Appendix: Submitting images
1. Use png, gif, jpg or jpeg files only.
2. Give the file a meaningful name. Don't leave any gaps between letters/characters in file names or the file may not load.
3. Don't upload files over one MB. If you can only find a large version of a pic, various resizing applications can be found online, or download (http://sourceforge.net/projects/jpegview/ is a good one, http://gimp.org is a good one)
4. Resize large images to no more than 450 pixels wide (and around 250 pixels tall if you want sidebar thumbnail images to display correctly).
5. Do not use copyright images, and especially not copyright images from news agencies like AP.

Instructions for windows users:
To submit a main image that will appear at the top of the article, use the 'Image' box.
You will need to have the image stored locally on your computer.
Click the 'browse' button to browse your PC to find where you have stored the image. A 'file upload' window will appear.
Browse to the file on your computer, images downloaded from the internet usually default to your "Desktop" folder
Click 'Open' and the file will appear in the 'Image' field on the Libcom submissions page.
Then press 'Upload' to bring the image file from your PC onto the site and into the article.
Then you can add, if you want to, in the "title" field, a caption for your image. This caption will appear when readers hover their mouse over the image.

Comments

posi
Oct 9 2010 11:47

I'd like to submit a scanned book with a number of chapters. How do I add sub-pages?

Steven.
Oct 9 2010 14:45

that would be great. We need to add this to the how to article.

I take it that this is scanned as text, and not as a PDF? If so, do it as follows:

- click submit content
- click library or history as appropriate
- fill in the fields as appropriate with the name, author and description of the book etc, then click Book outline.
- in the Book drop-down field which appears, click the second from top option, <create a new book>.
- click save.
- to add subsequent chapters click "add child page" on the book page you have just created.

Juan Conatz
Dec 21 2010 04:42

With the child pages, how do you keep them from going into alphabetical order?

Having problems with this: http://libcom.org/library/program-anarcho-syndicalism-g-p-maximoff

Spassmaschine
Dec 21 2010 06:03
Quote:
With the child pages, how do you keep them from going into alphabetical order?

Having problems with this: http://libcom.org/library/program-anarcho-syndicalism-g-p-maximoff

Click the 'outline' tab next to the 'edit' tab at the top of the child article. There should be a 'weight' drop down menu; child pages given a lower weight will be arranged higher up in the contents list than higher-weighted pages.

Juan Conatz
Dec 21 2010 11:22
Spaßmaschine wrote:
Click the 'outline' tab next to the 'edit' tab at the top of the child article. There should be a 'weight' drop down menu; child pages given a lower weight will be arranged higher up in the contents list than higher-weighted pages.

Thank you kindly.

Juan Conatz
Dec 22 2010 18:41

How do I upload multiple photos into an article without directly linking to it? For example: http://www.ditext.com/christie/chap5.html

I could just to the Image link thing that I did with the FARJ 'Concentric Circles' article I just submitted, but I figure ditext is probably more unstable than Anarkismo and it would be nice to have the pics hosted in case ditext goes down.

What should I do?

Juan Conatz
Dec 22 2010 20:33

Oh, also, is there a way to avoid flooding the 'Recent Posts'? I'm adding the various sections to 'After the Revolution' and noticed that's what I'm doing...

Mike Harman
Dec 23 2010 05:07

If the pics stand on their own, you can add a gallery using drupal.org/node/add/images - then link from the article.

You can also add the images as file attachments.

I've been keeping an eye out for a nice solution to uploading + embedding images in articles but there's nothing particularly nice, so that's the only way at the moment.

Mike Harman
Dec 23 2010 14:16

There's no easy way to avoid flooding recent posts, tbh I don't think it's a problem at all - I often see stuff show up in there and read it because it looks interesting, and there's no reason a library article shouldn't show up compared to random forum posts.

Steven.
Dec 23 2010 18:43

Hi, yet the easiest way to add images is to add them as file attachments (but don't check the "list" box). When they are attached you can then add them in line to the text as a normal image.

Joseph Kay
Dec 23 2010 18:51
Mike Harman wrote:
There's no easy way to avoid flooding recent posts

could split the tracker latest nodes/latest comments, but yeah i don't actually think it's a problem

Steven.
Dec 23 2010 18:54

I don't think flooding is a problem. People can Look at recent Forum posts in the tracker if they want

Steven.
Jan 17 2011 10:44

I have updated and improved this, by combining the two article formatting guides we had and deleting the other one.

Is it missing anything still?

Red Marriott
Jan 17 2011 15:14

Under 'submitting images'; files allowed are now - png gif jpg jpeg.
Also worth stating that if gaps are left in file names they won't load.
Should also probably give some explanation of 'input format' choices.

T La Palli
Mar 11 2011 10:02

I think the reason I keep having trouble posting articles is that whilst at work I can't login. it keeps taking me to a page saying "stay away from my eggs you bourgeois motherfucker", why is this. I have something I want to post from work today if possible.

Steven.
Mar 11 2011 10:59
T La Palli wrote:
I think the reason I keep having trouble posting articles is that whilst at work I can't login. it keeps taking me to a page saying "stay away from my eggs you bourgeois motherfucker", why is this. I have something I want to post from work today if possible.

this is a separate problem then, and not one we are aware of.

What happens when you try to login? And what browser are you using? (I.e. Internet Explorer 7, 8 or Firefox etc?) You could try clearing all your cookies by going to tools - delete browsing history

subprole
Mar 27 2011 15:35
B.York
Jul 28 2013 08:24

a little help please. I am trying to post a text with footnotes. I understand that they need to be endnotes. I have converted to endnotes but don't really understand how to copy them into the pasted text.
thanks

Auld-bod
Jan 23 2015 11:52

Should my 'Big Wullie' post be a blog? Not very savvy about such matters.

mgilli
Jan 23 2015 23:50

I'd like to submit a documentary and review.
can I embed a You Tube video?

Steven.
Jan 25 2015 14:01
mgilli wrote:
I'd like to submit a documentary and review.
can I embed a You Tube video?

what are they about? And yes you can embed videos

Steven.
Jan 25 2015 14:01
Auld-bod wrote:
Should my 'Big Wullie' post be a blog? Not very savvy about such matters.

sorry, what post is that? PM me

arminius
Aug 11 2015 17:04

bump