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Introduction and Overview



Typo3 is a content management system a tool that allows users to add and update content keeping their website current without having to use or know HTML.

When someone wants a website on the Typo3 server, it is first designed and developed by the Creighton University Web Design team and then turned over for content entry and management.  Content entry and management usually falls to one or more designated people within a department, division, school etc.  Using a CMS gives the user control of their content without having to worry over the fiddly bits.

The department is responsible for the content in their web site, and the webteam is responsible for the architecture (structure) of the site as well as generating the code that controls the look and feel of the site.

This manual was created for Typo3 version 4.2.  There are a few differences between the User Interface of the main Typo3 installation and the Medschool Typo3 installation, these are noted where they occur.

Also, I tried to approach it from as basic a level as I can.  However, I've been banging keyboards for close to 20 years now so my perspective is quite different from that of someone who, for example, just learned how to forward email.  So if my explanations are too complex or seem to be in some other language, please let me know.

When I started this project, I envisioned oh, about 50 pages...  it's now about 330 pages and growing.  Every time I think I've learned all there is to know, I find something else new. And I find myself amazed at Typo3's versatility.  I haven't found the "wash the dishes" or the "do the laundry" icons/buttons yet, but I'm still looking, I'm pretty sure they are here somewhere.

This site is largely image based

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Different Browser's - Different looks in Typo3

The browsers used in the images for this site were Windows FireFox 3.0.10, Mac Firefox 3.5.3 and Mac Camino 1.6.10.  Typo3 can look different in different platforms and different browsers and it is possible it will look different in different versions of the same browser.  Buttons/icons may be in different places and will have different appearances.  If you do not see the configuration as illustrated in the images on this site and cannot find a button/icon illustrated please contact the webteam, we'll be happy to assist.

For many of the functions (adding an image, adding a link, inserting records, adding a table) in Typo3 you must have popups enabled.

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Medical Server, Main Server

As I noted above, there are some differences between the main Typo3 server and the Medschool server.  You you find one I've not noted, please let me know what this is.

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There are a few people who have administrator status in Typo3 who are not in the webteam.  Those people will see much more than is illustrated in this manual and will have (and yet) more ways of doing any one thing.  I apologize but I won't be addressing any of these tools, at least not yet.  With 330 pages of content for general users, the administrators special tools will have to wait to be addressed.   

Making Typo3 more useful

Secondary Options checkbox

Secondary Options checkbox - Most of the information/instructions in the manual assumes that you work with "Show secondary options (palettes)" checked.  Without it, you'll be missing many valuable options. The Show secondary options (palettes) checkbox can be found at the bottom of any property tab or content element tab.  Once you check one all palettes will display.  


We've had a number of people ask about using Dreamweaver with sites in Typo3.  You cannot.  Really it defeats the purpose of a Content Management system.  In a CMS users only need to concentrate on the content, not on the pages themselves.  In any CMS, there really are no pages that you could edit anyway.  The content is stored in a database and displayed using CSS files and a basic HTML template.

Okay, why can't I edit the HTML or CSS.  We do not allow this, all the sites are designed and built according to Creighton and W3C standards.  While there is a little wiggle room in the W3C standards, there isn't in the Creighton standards.  So to prevent a slide away from these standards and to (hopefully) retain a consistent look among Creighton sites (and no, not all sites have been migrated into this system yet so you can find some very old Front Page sites still out there) we restrict access to the HTML and CSS files.  

Extended View - getting the most out of the List Module

For most of the functions you'll need to have a few features turned on and understand the icons you will use.

When you are in list view if you see no icons to the right of your content or your pages you will want to check "Extended View" just under the list.

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Once turned on you will get a series of icons to the right of the page or content element name.  These are covered under "List Module".

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