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Journal Blocks

Content from article summaries can be shown in three different journal blocks, each of which is used to show article summaries in a different way. These blocks are Top, Features, and Archive. You can specify where each of these blocks should appear: on the journal page only, on article pages only, on both journal and article pages, or not at all.

There are also blocks that allow you to access tags and subjects.

Journal blocks can be assigned, as well as configured, on a journal's details page. Edit the card labeled "journal," found under the info tab.

Top

The Top block shows summary content from the most recent article that has the "top story" checkbox checked. Most recent is determined by the value of the "start date" field (see Article Options for more about the "start date" and "top story" fields). By default, all articles have "top story" checked, so the article summary that appears in Top by default is the one from the article with the most recent "start date."

Options

  • In the field labeled "top," you can assign the Top block to "None," "Journal," "Article," or "Journal & Article."
  • In the "top label" field you can give the Top block a label, which will appear on the front end above the top article summary as an H3 heading.
  • Entering a number in the "top word count" field sets the number of words that the Top block will pull from the article summary. If the article summary has fewer words than the "top word count" value, then the entire summary will be displayed. If the summary is longer, it will be cut off after the specified number of words, followed by an ellipsis (" . . . ").

Features

The Features block shows content from three articles' summaries at a time, next to one another in three "columns" (each summary is 1/3 width). The summaries that appear in the Features block are taken from the articles with the most recent "start date" among the articles that have the "featured" checkbox checked and that are not already on display in the Top block. By default, all articles have "featured" checked, so the article summaries that appear in Features by default are from the articles with the three most recent "start dates."

Options

  • In the field labeled "features," you can assign the Features block to "None," "Journal," "Article," or "Journal & Article."
  • In the "features label" field you can give the Features block a label, which will appear on the front end above the featured articles' summaries as an H3 heading.
  • Entering a number in the "features word count" field sets the number of words that the Features block will pull from each featured article's summary. If the article summary has fewer words than the "features word count" value, then the entire summary will be displayed. If the summary is longer, it will be cut off after the specified number of words, followed by an ellipsis (" . . . ").

Archives

The Archive block shows summary content from all articles within a specified time period. A selection box and navigation are available at the top of the Archive block, allowing users to change the date range being displayed.

Options

  • In the field labeled "archive," you can assign the Archives block to "None," "Journal," "Article," or "Journal & Article."
  • In the "archive label" field you can give the Archive block a label, which will appear on the front end above the archive as an H3 heading.
  • The "archive display" field allows you to select whether to display article summaries in the archive with "uniform" layout or to "inherit [layout] from article." Choosing "uniform" will, by default, left-align images and text, with text wrapping around the image, and the image set to 1/2 width. If you choose to inherit the layout, then the content width will be fixed at 100%, but other layout attributes (e.g., image width, image and text alignment, text wrapping) will be taken from the summary section's options panel on the article page.
  • Entering a number in the "archive word count" field sets the number of words that the Archive block will pull from each article's summary. If the article summary has fewer words than the "archives word count" value, then the entire summary will be displayed. If the summary is longer, it will be cut off after the specified number of words, followed by an ellipsis (" . . . ").
  • The "archive unit" field allows you to choose whether to organize articles in your journal archive by year or by month.
  • The "archive menu" field allows you to assign an archive menu to "None," "Journal," "Article," or "Journal & Article." The archive menu, whether on the journal or on an article page, contains a list of links that take you to the Archive block on the journal page (if assigned) and change the filter on the archive. The content of the archive menu depends on the "archive unit" value and whether articles are assigned to the journal in a given month or year.

Other Journal Blocks

Tag Cloud

The Tag Cloud block lists all the tags that have been added to articles in a journal. Clicking a tag in the tag cloud on the front end will take you to the archive on the journal page (if assigned), replacing the archive label with the tag text, and showing only articles with the selected tag. 

Using the "tag cloud" field, assign the tag cloud to "None," "Journal," "Article," or "Journal & Article."

See Article Options for more information on tags.

Subjects

The Subjects block lists all the subjects that articles in the journal have been assigned to. Unlike tags, subjects are predefined and centrally controlled (content > subjects from the AR5 primary nav). Clicking a subject on the front end will take you to the archive on the journal page (if assigned), replacing the archive label with the subject name, and showing only articles assigned to the selected subject.

Release Notes

Release Notes

5.1.0.5

5.1.0.5

3/6/2015 12:00:00 AM EST
1 years ago

AR5 Users,

The latest update to AR5 is now here, bringing with it a number of improvements to our suite of tools for front-end design. Themes have been expanded to include more types of page content, and you can now create and define custom module styles that you can apply, on the fly, to modules on the page. Let's take a closer look.

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