Editing the CfdTm Web Pages

General Editing Comments

Most pages can be edited by any registered user. Some exceptions are the WebHome page, the People. Publications and Theses and Calendar pages. These last ones are mostly generated automatically from database information, so there's little to edit anyway.

To edit a page, simply click on the Edit tab at the top of a page, or the Edit link at the bottom. If you do not have permission to edit it a message will appear to that effect; otherwise the text (and sometimes a form) will appear in an edit window. Plain text can often simply be entered as is. Formatting for text, headings, bullet points, tables, etc can be done using TWiki Shorthand or, if you prefer, using standard html tags.

When editing a page, you may find the table of text formatting commands useful. If your browser supports it, the editing window will have rows of buttons above and below it which can be used to insert many common formatting elements by simply clicking the appropriate button. The WYSIWYG link for editing pages can also be used in supported browsers, but is not recommended for complex pages.

Having edited a page you can click on the Preview button at the bottom of the page to check how it will appear. You can then either click the Save button to save the updates, or the back button on your browser to return to editing the page. If things go really wrong you can use the History links at the bottom of a page to see earlier revisions of a page.

User Home Pages

Page Layout

User home pages are composed of three parts:

  • The top area is generated automatically from personal information form data. To edit this click on the Edit Details button that will appear by this area when you are logged in and edit the text in the resulting form.
  • The middle part is general text and other content that can be edited as described above. A few additonal useful elements, such as including pictures, equations and other attachments are described below.
  • A list of publications is automatically generated at the bottom of the page. To add a new journal/conference publication, or a thesis/dissertation, or presentation, click on the appropriate Add button that appears by your personal information, or in the lists of papers and theses on the Research pages. See the section below for more details.

Page Location and Linking

User home pages are stored in the Main Web. If you create a new page by, for example, using a WikiWord in the text and then clicking on the resulting link to edit the page, this will also be created in the Main web. If you want to refer to a page in another web, the name of the web must be included in the link. eg. WebHome links to the home page of the current web; CfdTm.WebHome links to the home page of the CfdTm web; Main.WebHome links to the home page of the Main web.

URL's can simply be typed in to provide hyperlinks (eg. http://www.manchester.ac.uk). Square brackets can be used to generate more descriptive links: [[http://www.manchester.ac.uk][Manchester University]] will appear as Manchester University, and [[CfdTm.WebHome]][CFD Web]] will link to the home page of the CFD web, but appear as CFD Web.

Including pictures

Pictures, in formats such as gif, png, jpg can be uploaded and included on web pages. There are two stages to the process:

  • Use the Attach link at the bottom on a page to upload the file as an attachment to the current page.
  • Insert code in the text of your page to display the picture.
A very simple way of including a picture on a page is by using the command %ATTACHURL%/picture.gif (where picture.gif is the picture file that has been attached to the topic). Details can be found on FileAttachment.

Better control of placement, size, caption, etc can be obtained by using the %Image{}% command included in the Image Plugin.

Including other attachments

Other files (eg. pdfs) can also be attached to topics, and references made to them. The general format is as above for simple attachment of pictures. Further details and examples can be found in FileAttachment.

Writing equations

Equations can be typeset in pages using Latex commands. Use %$ a=b+c $% to include an inline equation as %$ a=b+c $%, and %\[ a=b+c \]% to include the displayed equation %\[ a=b+c \]% More details and examples are in LatexModePlugin.

Setting access restrictions

By default, other users are not allowed to edit your home page (see the line setting ALLOWTOPICCHANGE on your page). If you create new pages these will, by default, be editable by all registered users. You can restrict access by setting appropriate ALLOWTOPICCHANGE (or even ALLOWTOPICVIEW) variables on a page. This can be done in two ways:

  • In the page text, as on your home page (html comment tags can be used to hide the lines if required).
  • In the topic preference settings, accessed by clicking on the More topic actions link at the bottom of a page, followed by the Edit settings link at the top of the resulting page.

For further details of access restrictions, see TWikiAccessControl.


Publication details are held in a database, to allow easy listing/sorting/searching. Three general types of publications can be added to the database:

  • Journal/Conference papers
  • Theses/Dissertations/Reports
  • Presentations

When logged in, buttons will appear next to the personal information area of your home page, and on the lists of papers, theses and reports from the Research pages, which allow you to add new publications. Details of an existing publication can be changed by clicking on the edit links or buttons on that publication's page. Publication pages are made up of two parts:

  • Form data for author, title, year, journal, etc.
  • Text that can be edited in the usual way.
The form data is added/modified by entering text in the relevant form areas. Boxes not relevant can be left blank. The text area is edited like any other text page; this can be used to add further information, such as an abstract, or to include links to the full text of articles or theses. Before attaching a paper please make sure that doing so does not infringe copyright. In particular, most journals do not permit posting of pdfs on public web sites.

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