Rich text editor

The rich text editor inside Cascade

A rich text (or WYSIWYG) editor is the default content source for every Content Block in a Page. Create lists, links, headings, tables, and more using the rich text editor.

Formatting tips

The best formatting is less formatting. Simple, clear writing is more effective than a whirlwind of bolds, italics, and other tricks. 

  • Break up content into small, digestible chunks. Use content blocks to help.
  • Attach images and videos instead of embedding them in the editor. You'll have more control.
  • Avoid deep layers of subheadings. See how far you can get with section headings and content headings first.
  • Use bold and italics sparingly. If everything is emphasized, nothing is emphasized.
  • Avoid putting anything in ALL CAPS. It's unfriendly and difficult to read.
  • Don't underline text. It looks like a link.
  • Make links descriptive but short. Avoid language like "Click here" or full URLs as link text:

Reusable content

Display the same content in multiple places using a Reusable page. Reusable pages are more like embeddable chunks of content than actual web pages. They are not individually publishable and they can't be viewed directly by your users. Example uses of resuable pages include:

  • department mission statement
  • list of grad student seminars
  • description of a room location and protocol

Create a Reusable page

  1. Select New > Specialty pages > Reusable from the top menu in Cascade.
  2. Enter a System Name. This can be anything you'd like to help keep things organized in Cascade. Reusable pages aren't individually publishable and don't have page titles.
  3. Select a Parent Folder in which to save your Reusable page. Your documents folder is used by default and it's recommended to keep that as is.
  4. Submit.

Insert a Reusable Page

Options for inserting the content from a Reusable Page in Cascade
  1. Select Reusable Page as the Content source of your Content Block
  2. Click Search to open the page chooser
  3. Browse for then select your Reusable page

Article and news feeds

Internal news feeds (Article Lists)

Options for inserting an Article Listing feed in Cascade

Display a list of Articles from your own website by choosing an Article List page:

  1. Ensure you have an Article List page already created and published
  2. Select Feed as the Content source of your Content Block
  3. Select Article List as your Feed source
  4. Browse for your Article List page using the page chooser
  5. Configure the presentation of your feed (layout style, show featured, show date, show author, condense images, teasers, number of items and items layout)

Standard Article List with condensed images

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3-Column Article List

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4-Column Article List

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Brief Article List

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External news feeds (RSS)

Options for inserting an RSS feed in Cascade

Most news websites and blogs have real-time feeds of their content called RSS, usually denoted by an orange feed icon on their site or in the browser’s address bar. You can use these feeds to insert content from those websites.

  1. Find and copy the URL of feed (e.g. the feed for On Campus News is http://news.usask.ca/index.xml). If you can't find it on the website itself, a tool like Instant RSS Search can help.
  2. Select Feed as the Content source of your Content Block
  3. Select RSS as your Feed source
  4. Paste the feed URL into the RSS feed URL
  5. Configure the presentation of your feed (teasers, number of items, items layout)

The following example is displaying four items with teasers in a Columns layout:

Example: On Campus News

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Profile Feed

Options for inserting a Profile Listing feed in Cascade

Display a list of Profiles from your own website by choosing an Profile List page:

  1. Ensure you have a Profile List page already created and published
  2. Select Feed as the Content source of your Content Block
  3. Select Profile List as your Feed source
  4. Browse for your Profile List page using the page chooser
  5. Configure the presentation of your feed (number of items and items layout)

Detailed with Teasers

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Condensed

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Simple

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Table

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Calendar feeds

Options for inserting a calendar feed in Cascade

Display a listing of dates and events from any usask.ca/events calendar:

  1. Select Feed as the Content source of your Content Block
  2. Select Calendar as your Feed source
  3. Enter the name of the calendar you want to display (e.g. Academic Schedule). Aggregate multiple calendars by entering their names separated by commas (e.g. U of S Events, Academic Calendar, Alumni).
  4. Configure the presentation of your feed (teasers, number of items, items layout)

Example: U of S Events

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Twitter feeds

Display a list of tweets from a specific Twitter user:

  1. Select Feed as the Content source of your Content Block
  2. Select Twitter as your Feed source
  3. Enter the Twitter username (no "@" necessary) of the Twitter feed you'd like to display (e.g. usask)
  4. Configure the presentation of your feed (number of items, items layout)
Options for inserting a Twitter feed in Cascade

Example: @usask

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Feed layout options

RSS feed (w/teasers)

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RSS feed (no teasers)

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RSS feed (column layout)

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Indexes

Inserting an Index page as a Content source in Cascade

Every Folder you create contains an index page. Index pages list the contents (Pages and other Folders) of that Folder. Index pages themselves are not included in your Navigation Bar, but you can use them as a content source to display a list of links to other pages in your site. This is helpful for creating site maps, landing pages, and other navigation.

  1. Select Index as the Content source of your Content Block
  2. Click Search to open the page chooser
  3. Browse for index page you want to use and select it