Self Help Documents: Adobe Contribute & Dreamweaver
OTS is pleased to offer the following PDF publications and Flash movie tutorialsas
self-help technology resources for the Towson University community. (For other non-profit use please refer to our copyright information.) To open a publication or play a movie tutorial, click on its title. If your browser does not properly display the publication, you may need to install a free copy of Adobe Reader. If your browser does not properly display the movie, you may need to install a free copy of Adobe Flash Player. To search this page for a specific word or phrase, press Ctrl-F.
Contribute Basics (For All Departments)
If you need to maintain a Towson University Departmental Web site and are required to use Contribute to do so, this document will take you through some of the basic steps. See the TU Web Style Guide for guidelines regarding your Towson University Web site.
Contribute: Connection Instructions for Virtual Workspace After you have been given permission to Contribute in the virtual workspace, you will need to set up your connection to your web files. The web team will send you specific information to get connected. This document will give you the general basic steps to set up the connection to your web files in the virtual workspace.
Contribute: Connection Instructions
If you have requested a local copy for your computer for a fee, you will need to install the software from Run Advertised Programs. After you have the Contribute software installed on your computer, the web team will send you specific information to get you connected to your web files. This document will give you the basic steps to set up the connection to your web files from a local installed copy.
Contribute: Software Overview
Adobe Contribute is used to edit Department Websites. It is designed to be user
friendly, not require any understanding of code such as HTML or CSS and provides
the opportunity to roll back to previous versions of a site if necessary. In
this self-help document, you will obtain an overview of the Contribute Software.
A hyperlink is a quick link from one
location of a site to another location,
page, image or document. In this self-help
document, you will learn how to create
hyperlinks to outside web pages, other pages
on the Towson University server, documents
(such as Word, PPT or PDF) and email
Any images can be added to your site through
Adobe Contribute. In this self-help
document, you will learn how to add images
and modify image properties. Be sure to read
the Visual Style Guidelines in the Web Style
Guide before inserting any images onto your
Contribute: Adding Alternative Text to an
Adding an alternative text (ALT Text)
description to an image ensures that the
image can be read by screen reader software
to people with visual disabilities. In this
self-help document, you will learn how to
add ALT Text to images in Adobe Contribute.
Microsoft Windows: Add or Remove Programs
If you have requested a local copy for your computer for a fee, you will be given access to download the Contribute software from Run Advertised Programs. This document will step you through how to install Contribute from the Run Advertised Programs tool.
Web Style Guide
The university’s Web Style Guide and Web Templates ensure that the TU Web site is consistent, accurate, welcoming to visitors, and an effective communication tool for the university. The Web Style Guide provides guidelines for creating and maintaining academic and administrative sites in accordance with the TU Web Templates. The style guide and templates promote consistency in visual identity, navigation and usability. They include many specific recommendations related to the presentation of content and images. For more information visit the Towson University Web Site Development website at http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/ots/websitedev/.
Preparing Web Images with WebResizer.com
When preparing an image for a TU Web page, it's important to follow the guidelines and dimensions specified in the TU Web Template. You will need to resize, crop and optimize your images for the Web using an image editor. We recommend Web Resizer. It has a user-friendly interface, shows before and after versions, and supports cropping and scaling.
Dreamweaver: Web Publishing to Tiger
Even though Adobe Dreamweaver is not the campus standard application for Web site development and management, students can use Dreamweaver to publish
Web files to their accounts on Tiger. This document explains how. Students should note that Dreamweaver is not widely available in campus computer labs and classrooms. For the most convenient access, students wishing to use Dreamweaver should purchase a personal license.