This FAQ is to help explain the creation and use of news items in a Plato
- What are news items for?
- A news item allows the author to announce an item such as a press
- How do I define a news item?
- A news item is defined in a similar way to other items, such as events
or documents. It can have a title and description. You can also define
- What is the visibility?
- See the general FAQ on visibility.
- What appears on the home page?
- As usual, a maintainer can configure the number of news items to appear
on the home page. The section contains the date and titles of the latest
news items, sorted by date of creation. The section header is
a link to the summary page.
- What appears on the summary page ?
- News items can be subsetted by status or grouped by status. Sorting
is by default by on due date, but the column headings are links that
allow the data to be sorted on different fields.
- What are archived news items?
- News items can be archived, rather than deleted. An indication is
given on the summary page if any archived news items exist and the summary
can be switched to display them. News items can be un-archived
at a later date.
- What is the alert checkbox for?
- Most items allow the creator/updater to send a preset e-mail alert
to the list appropriate to the visibility level. It contains identification
of the creator/updater and a URL to view the item.
Chris French - 26 Feb 2004