The Guide

The Guide to Submitting Your Project…

The ‘H Rule’

When you are writing your submission, please pay careful attention to the layout and formatting of your document.

When adding headers for your text, rather than use Bold or Italics, simply use ‘H3’, or if you want smaller, ‘H4’ to make them proper headings. This makes formatting them for a web page much easier. For this Guide, for example, we have the Header “The Guide” in H1 -which is set by the system. “The Guide to Submitting…” is in H2, while “The ‘H Rule'” is in H3. This is the correct way to use the ‘H-Heading’ system -in descending/ascending order. H2-H3-H4 is generally an acceptable order. H2-H4-H3 is not.

Fonts

When you are writing your article, it does not matter which font you use. All entries will be converted into the ‘House Font’ used throughout the whole site.

Photographs/Artwork

Each group is allowed two pieces of artwork. The first should be the header image that will show if a user is viewing all the entries. This will also show at the top of your ‘page’ if the user selects your article to read. Obviously, you want to choose an image that will stand out from others.

Image sizing is important. Do not attached images that are larger than about 200 KB.

Why not? Because large images take an age to download as the page loads. This has a detrimental effect on the whole site, and slows it down terribly. This is bad for searching for the site as Google will deprecate the site for large images. Also, using large image files serves zero purpose. You can not tell the difference between a 150KB image and a 2MB image, apart from the fact that you’ll be waiting for the larger one to properly download. Beyond about 200KB, for such a small image, you do not need it to be any larger.

Ideally, your images should be in .jpg format. Yes, we can use .tiff or even .png, but .jpg is the preferred standard.

References

The easiest way to add links to an article is via your wordpressor itself. All you need to do is highlight the word or words you’d like the link to spring from, then right-click the mouse. and a menu will appear. Depending on which Wordprocessor you use, you’ll see on that menu the option for ‘Link to…’ or something similar. Click this, then enter the web address of your link, click the ‘Okay’ button, and your link is there -embedded within your text, but not crowding it out with [1], [2], [3]… etc. The word or words you have highlighted are now in a different colour, and if you move the mouse over one of them, down at the bottom of your browser screen, you’ll see the address that the link will go to if it is pressed. This makes actually reading your article much easier, and it means you don’t have to do the formal ‘References’ section at the bottom of your pages or articles.

If you want to use References that don’t have associated web addresses -‘Old School’, then you may use the ‘traditional’ method of numbering your references, then putting them into a section at the bottom of your work.