This article is for the new version of the content editor.
Items in GatherContent are quite different from a traditional document, so it can be useful to know some of the details before you get started.
- Add content to an item
- How is an item structured?
- Saving your content
- Collaborating on content
- Formatting options
- Does GatherContent have a spell checker?
Add content to an item
To add content to an item, the item first needs a structure or template. If your item doesn't yet have this, check out our article on adding structure to an item.
How is an item structured?
When your item has a structure or template applied, you'll notice that the item is broken down into a series of fields, which allows the content to be broken up into smaller chunks. This is where you create your content. Each field has a label, some field guidelines, and may have a word or character limit. This helps authors write the content you need in the format that's needed.
The field type and field label let the author know what content is required to be added to this field. Instructions underneath a field provide extra clarity.
Saving your content
As you're typing, you'll notice that the content is regularly being saved. You can see this at the bottom-right of the item.
Collaborating on content
You can collaborate on an item in real-time with your team. If anyone else is editing the item, you'll see their circular avatar shown at the top right.
The coloured circle around their avatar will also be visible by their pointer, which will show that person's location on the page, so you can keep track of any edits they're making.
If you're writing in a rich text field on the item, you can format the text using the formatting toolbar that appears when you highlight the text.
Tip: The formatting toolbar will only appear once you've entered some content into the field.
You can select different heading styles, as well as bold, underlined, italics and strikethrough. There's also a clear formatting option to remove any currently applied styles.
You can also insert bullets, ordered lists and URL links to the content.
Any content that you paste into a GatherContent field will have the unnecessary styling removed, so you're left with content with clean HTML applied to it, ready for export into another system. Bold, italic, strikethrough and underline will be carried across.
Does GatherContent have a spell checker?
GatherContent does not have a native spell checking, autocorrect or custom dictionary function built into the content editor as they are all built into the browser you're using.
You can update your spell checker, autocorrect and custom dictionary function in your browser directly, in order to use it within GatherContent.
Helpful tips on adding content to an item:
#1: You will not be able to edit the item if it's in a 'Read-only' workflow status, however you will still be able to add comments to the item.