Cross-Platform Visual Editor
For non-Content Manager courses, an entirely new cross-platform, cross-browser Visual Editor (a.k.a. WYSIWYG editor) has replaced the older Visual Editor in authoring pages. For Content Manager courses, users will already be familiar with this visual editor. The difference is that.NExT upgrades this visual editor to a later version for both Content Manager and non-Content Manager users. In addition, all students will have the visual editor for the first time in many areas of the online course.
The new Visual Editor works on Windows Operating Systems (including the Vista operating system) as well as Mac OS. Recommended browsers include IE7, Firefox 2.0, and Safari 3.0. FireFox 3.0, IE6, and Safari 2.0 are Supported.
The new Visual Editor is available in the following areas of a .NExT course:
- Unit authoring
- Text/Multimedia content item authoring
- Announcement authoring
- Exam question and Exam Intro authoring
- Threaded Discussion posting for both students and instructors
- Gradebook instructor comments
- Email for both students and instructors
- Dropbox submissions
- Dropbox instructor comments
- Journal entries for both students and instructors
In addition to being compatible with all currently supported operating systems and browsers, the new Visual Editor also has the following new features:
- More editing area: Larger area for content creation in the main authoring screen
- Visual table creation and editing: Ability to create a table by selecting from a grid-view of columns and rows through a visual table editor. Authors can then go back later and right click on the table image to add rows/columns or otherwise alter the table properties without having to go to HTML view. This is important given that students are not given HTML mode.
- Symbol palette: While instructors will still have the ability to use the Math Equation Editor, all users - instructors and students alike - will have access to the symbol palette. It is available as a drop-down list from the visual editor toolbar (the button labeled with a copyright symbol) and allows users to enter advanced math symbols and others (such as the copyright symbol) directly from this drop-down list.
- Indentation: At the bottom left of the Visual Editor, users in HTML mode can choose to view the HTML in "indent mode" which makes it easier to read thru the HTML.