Editing The News Page

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The News page contains announcements of significant additions or changes to the Museum. Each announcement is packaged as a News Item.
Basic Page Structure
Each news item starts with an HTML comment containing the date. For example,

 <!-- ============ -->
 <!-- Oct 31, 2005 -->
 <!-- ============ -->

The comment is not visible when the page is displayed in the browser but helps you locate the date when editing the page.
How to add a News item for a new date
Find the comment containing the date for the most recent news item (should be at the top of the page) and then copy and paste the following template above it. The latest news should always be placed at the top of the page.

<!-- ============ -->
<!-- MMM DD, YYYY -->
<!-- ============ -->
<font size="+1"><b>MMM DD, YYYY</b></font>

Change both instances of "MMM DD, YYYY" to the appropriate date (ie, OCT 31, 2005) and change "DESCRIPTION" to some text that describes the news item. Don't delete the colon. It causes the line to be indented but must be in column 1 to work.
How to add a News item to an existing date
Locate the date you wish to add the news item under and then locate the last news item under that date. Leave one blank line and then start a new line with a colon ":" in the first column and then add the news item description. The colon causes the line to be indented but it must be in column 1 to work.
Don't forget to preview the page before saving it and please add a short description of the change in the Summary text box just above the Save / Show buttons at the bottom of the page. A short description would be something like "added news for mmm dd, yyyy".
To see some examples, just look at how the current entries are coded. If you have questions or run into trouble, contact the Curator for help. You can always Cancel an editing session using the "Cancel" link just to the right of the "Show changes" button at the bottom of the editor screen. For general editing help, see the article on How To Edit Pages.


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