How to place a text-block on a page

The Text-block is a very special feature of the Edition Digital Design tool as it facilitates a user-friendly writing environment with numerous styling options such as predefined paragraph and title styles, alignment, colour, numbered list, images, and links. And if the predefined options don’t suit your needs, you can create your own styles – just override the size, colour, and alignment for each paragraph with your own preferences. You can also specify the text margins, default font scale, and default font colour that affects the entire Text-block. But more importantly, every Text-block can be scrollable and/or hidden from sight until a shape with the proper action assigned to it is clicked/tapped. You know what that means? You won’t run out of real estate for your text content EVER again!

To add a Text-block to a page of your edition, launch the Design tool, open the Edition, and select the page where you want to add a text-block. You don’t need to stick to that exact order because there are actually a couple of ways you can do this. For instance, if you already find yourself within the Workflow, whose contents are always associated with one single Edition, it’s easier to select a page and launch the design tool from the Pages tab. Alternatively, you can launch the Design tool by clicking DESIGN from the main menu. After the Design tool opens, it will prompt you to select the Edition, which will be opened on the first page. Then, just use the page navigation arrows in the upper right corner to find the desired page.

When you reach the desired page, select the Text-block tool from the left-hand Tools panel, move the tool over to the working area and create the Text-block by dragging your mouse across the area where you want the element to be placed. When you release your mouse button an empty Text-block element appears. To start writing content double click on the text block on the page to open the user interface where you can write and style the text. When you’re finished writing make sure that you click the Save button at the bottom.

The preferences, which are specific to the Text-box element, are located in the right-hand Text-box panel. Here you can specify the Text scale, Font family, Text colour, then select if you want this element to be revealed only when the proper action is triggered, and specify the margins within the Text-block element. You can also give your readers the option to increase and decrease the font size for a really interactive reading experience

The Design tool does not prohibit you from selecting a different Font family for each text-block. However, we recommend that only one or two font families are used throughout the entire edition in order to maintain reasonable loading times. To be a bit more specific, the file size of one font family (regular, strong, italic, bolditalic) is about 1MB. If you go crazy with the font families, the loading times will add up and cause a slower  user experience.

Text-block uses predefined Google fonts under SIL Open Font License and all lati2 and Cyrillic characters are included. Here’s the list of fonts available within text-block:

•  Serif - PT Serif
•  Strong serif - Alegreya SC
•  Slab serif - Anonymous Pro
•  Sans Serif - Open Sans
•  Monospaced – Ubuntu Mono
•  Script – Kalam

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