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.

Looking for the legacy help documentation? You can find that here.

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.

Tip: Fields specified as Plain Text Field can't have formatting applied. The formatting toolbar will be disabled when writing in these fields.

Saving your content

As you're typing 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.

Formatting options

You can format your content in rich text fields (not plain text fields). You can find the formatting toolbar at the top of the content editor.

Tip: You must be active on a field before you can apply formatting.

The formatting toolbar contains all the formats you'll need to craft your item. You can select different heading styles and block quotes, as well as bold, underlined, italics and strikethrough. Bullets, ordered lists, tables and hyperlinks are also accessible from the toolbar. There's a clear formatting option to remove any currently applied styles.

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.

Tip: Add en and em dashes to your content by typing two hyphens (--) and three hyphens (---) respectively. This is only supported in the newest version of GatherContent.

You can add a hyperlink to text using the formatting bar. Links will be applied to any selected text. Alternatively, if you have no text selected, you'll be given the option to add text when creating a link. This new text will be inserted at your current caret location.

By default, links will be set to open in a new tab/window. You can turn this off by clicking on the 'new window' button. All hyperlinks should be added with a http(s):// at the beginning e.g.

Tip: Hyperlinks set to open in a new tab/window will have target=“_blank” and rel=“noopener no referrer” attributes in the HTML. These have been added to strengthen the security of the target="_blank"attribute.

If you prefer not to have these attributes added to the HTML, we recommend to make your hyperlink open in the same tab/window instead.

Once a link has been set, you can click on it to edit it. You'll be shown the URL that has been set, as well as if it opens in a new tab/window. You can also quickly copy the URL to your clipboard.

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.

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