You can also create your own templates, or edit the existing templates.
Wherever you are in MindTouch, when you choose the New Page option, you will automatically be presented with the MindTouch library of templates.
Each MindTouch template comes with a brief description of the template use. To use a template:
- Click on the template.
- Click on Create new page
The MindTouch templates are made up of commonly used sections:
- Page Title, just highlight it and change it to your new title.
- Rich Text Editor (WYSIWYG) tool bar
- Definition of what the section is used for.
- This template contains Dekiscript. Dekiscript is a scripting language that's used for mashing-up data to create dynamic pages. [i.e. table of contents]
- Headers. Each section will automatically have a predefined header inserted at the beginning of that section.
- A hint as to what your content should be referencing.
A template is a MindTouch page or part of a page that you can copy in to your MindTouch page. You can create three kinds of templates:
Default - Default templates are those which are available for reuse in MindTouch though are uncategorized. Usually content templates are used to contain content that is included in other templates once you start getting sophisticated with your content creation. All newly created templates are set to "Default".
New Page - You can choose New Page templates from the window that appears when you click New Page. You might use a template like this so you can set out the structure for a page. For example, you might create a New Page template called Glossary Term that contains an H1 that says "Put term here" followed by an italicized paragraph that says "Put definition here." When a person creates a page using the Glossary Term New Page template, the H1 and paragraph appear and the user can replace the template text with their own text.
Content - You can insert Content templates into the body of any page by using the Template button on the Editor toolbar. You might use a template like this so you can insert a commonly used piece of information without having to retype it in each page. For example, you might create a Content template that contains a formatted note. You can use the template to insert the note into any page and then change the text of the note as appropriate.
Using a template inserts a copy of the template into your page. Changes that you make to the template later are not reflected in the page where you inserted it.
Create a template
- Click the Tools menu located on the top Navigation bar.
- Select Templates from the menu that appears. A list of all of your templates appears.
- Click New Page on the Menu Navigation.
Define Your Template
- Name your template.
NOTE: You MUST keep Template: at the beginning of the name.
- Add content. You can include text, formatting, links, images, and anything else you include in a normal MindTouch page.
- Click Save.
Edit Template Properties
- Select Templates from the Tools menu to return to your template list.
- Locate the template you just saved.
- Click Edit Details.
- Complete the Update template properties window that appears:
- Title - Change the name of the template.
- Description - Add a description to the template.
- Type - Select the template Type. Valid values include:
- Default - Templates that are usually used to contain content that is referenced by other templates.
- New Page - Templates that appear on the New Page window that appears when you click New Page.
- Content - Templates you can insert in a page by using the Template button on the toolbar.
- Click Update template properties. If you selected New Page for the template type, it will take about 1 minute for it to show in the New Page dialog, as it needs to be indexed first.