Articles that are created in the Digital editor consist of different components, each containing specific content. A typical article consists of a "head" component containing the header, an "intro" component containing a short introduction, and a "body" component containing the main text.
When a new Digital article is created, it is based on a template in which it is defined which components are present in the article by default.
When working on an article, components can be added by choosing them from a set of component types in the Component window. In this window, article components of the same type are grouped together.
Figure: Adding a Slideshow component to a story by clicking the plus-sign to open the Component window and choosing the Slideshow component from the Media group of components.
Once a component is added, its features can be set through the Properties panel in the Digital editor.
A default set of components is provided by WoodWing as part of Content Station. Additional components can be created as needed, including custom components and interactive components.
The components in a Digital article can be configured in various ways. How this is done is outlined below.
What to configure
Configuring the components of each individual Digital article can be done in the following ways:
- For each component:
- Its functionality such as if it can be converted to another component type and if so which one, if it can be made part of another component, and more.
- For the Properties panel of a component type:
- The properties that are available and how they can be set
- For the Component window:
- The available component types
- The icon for a component type
- The grouping of the component types
- The name for each group
- For the article itself:
- The components that the article contains when the article is created
Configuration is done in two areas:
- Configuring Component types, the Component window, and the Properties panel. This is done through the use of 'Component Sets'. A Component Set defines the components that should be available in a particular article for a user to use. This is done by setting up these components and their properties, and defining how these components should be displayed in the Component window.
A default Component Set containing default components is provided by WoodWing as part of Content Station. Additional sets can be created as needed and can also include Custom components and interactive components.
A Component Set is made available for a Digital article by assigning it to the article template on which the Digital article will be based. When the Digital article is created, the Component Set controls which components a user can make use of in that article. Using this method, the available components for each individual Digital article can be controlled.
Multiple Component Sets can be set up, each with their own configuration, but only one can be assigned to a Digital article.
For more information, see Setting up Component Sets in Content Station Aurora.
- Configuring the article components that the article contains after creation. When an article is created it should already contain certain components so that the user can start working straight away. Setting up these components is done in the article template on which the new article is based.
For more information, see Setting up article templates for Content Station Aurora.