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Wiki top tips

Images


Sizing


One of the most important things is the size of the images you upload. It is a balance between the best resolution (good, sharp quality images) and physical size of the image (measurements and amount of space it takes up on the hard drive in megabytes).

A computer screen is measured in pixels so we have to size the images in pixels not cm. The average computer screen size varies so you have to estimate the size of the image in comparison to the width and height of the screen.

If you think of a computer screen as roughly 1000 pixels across, if you want your image to take up half the screen you need to resize it (in publisher) to 500 pixels across.

To save an image for web it needs to be
72dpi (dots per inch) (experiment with the quality of the image here, some programmes reduce quality a lot more than others so it can be saved as a higher resolution if necessary)


Jpg format (J-peg)

Many programmes have a save for web function which will automatically resize your pictures for you.

Be careful, if you have adjusted an image and then want to replace one you have already uploaded onto wiki then you must rename it. Wiki will not overwrite files ie. Your original file is called picture.jpg then you need to rename the new one as picture2.jpg. When you upload this one then you can remove the old file from the wiki.

This is also true for if you are creating an online slideshow for your images. You simply upload the images and the website will resize them for you.


Image Slideshows


There are many ways to create a slideshow of images. The best and easiest way to do it is to sign up to a free image hosting website such as Picasa or Flickr where the images can be uploaded. The resulting slideshow can then be embedded into the wiki. (See Video section for this process)

www.Picasa.com

www.Flickr.com

Both sites will take you through a registration process and then will allow you to upload images from your computer. The process is very simple and user friendly on both of these sites.

You could also make image slideshows in moviemaker by importing still images into the programme and then saving them as a movie file. This takes up a lot more room on your system however as you need to save these large files separately and additionally to the original images used.

Currently you do not have the access privileges at school to view picasa or flickr unfortunately. These privileges should be reinstated asap.



Video


The video hosting site that we are using is called Vimeo. This is like youtube but is much more geared towards a creative and respectful audience. It also does not have adverts or the potentially unsavoury content that youtube has and visually it is much better quality.

Stephen and Kate both have a Vimeo account linked to their email addresses.

To add a video to the magazine, when editing, click the widgets button on the menu bar. You need to select ‘video’ from the menu and then ‘Other’ when you are offered a choice from youtube etc. You will see a blank space with instructions. Keep this window open and open a new web tab or window.

Go to your video in Vimeo

**www.vimeo.com**
Click on it – in the top right hand corner is an embed option

When you click on this it will bring up a window full of code. It doesn’t matter what this says, you don’t need to know this. Just copy this section of text and paste it into the open ‘widget’ window in the wiki.

This will allow the video to be embedded. This means that the video exists somewhere else but is displayed on this page.


Text

Text can be copied from word documents, web pages etc and pasted directly onto the wiki page when you are editing it. It can also appear in image files, but make sure the image quality is good other wise it will not be ledgible.

Changes to text can be made by clicking on the T icon with the paint palette behind it on the menu bar when you are editing in the wiki.

To allow the design of the site to be consistent we have chosen a system using the same font, sizing and colouring.

Font: Comic Sans Serif
Size: 250% for titles and 150% for text
Colour: Choose a contrasting title/background and keep the font colour the same throughout the page



Links


Links can be added to the wiki to either text sections or images. These links can either direct you to a page within the wiki (i.e. from the homepage to the news page) or to an external website.

Be careful not to call 2 pages by the same name as they will over write each other.

You can view the page list by going to manage wiki and then choosing pages. You can remove/redirect/alter pages from here as well.



Communication


This is absolutely essential If you are working collaboratively so that you can discuss relevant issues and share information actively whilst you are all online and working together. You can have discussions relating to each page – this is like an email within the wiki which is sent to all members.

Please ensure that you click ‘Notify Me’ and select wiki-wide changes. This ensures that you will be sent updates to the wiki pages by email. If you don’t want to receive news of all the changes you can change this to a different notification later.

Finally – make sure you are registered with wiki with an email address that you FREQUENTLY CHECK.

If you have any problems and would like some help please contact me:

contact@catherinewatling.com

www.catherinewatling.com