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AOAS.ORG AutoTag Usage


AutoTags Overview

AOAS.ORG supports AutoTags. These are tags that can be embedded in an article, story, forum post, or signature that are processed when the article / story is displayed. Autotags can be used to give simple integration of visual components to your stories, forum posts, and signature line, as well as references to other stories and forum posts.

Most AutoTags are immediately followed by either a StoryID, ForumID, LinkID, MediaID, or AlbumID. Some AutoTags support additional parameters to help you control the look and feel of the resulting integration. Some, on the other hand, do not have any additional parameters

AutoTags also honor Gallery album permission settings. If a user does not have the permission to view an album, any AutoTags referencing that album or its contents will not be displayed to that user.

The AOAS Gallery also supports a couple of special features when it comes to AutoTags. By default, the AOAS Gallery will alternate the alignment of the thumbnails from left to right throughout your articles. If you prefer to specify a right, left or no alignment, you can use the align: parameter to force the alignment to your preference.

Note: Where the discussion about a particular AutoTag below mentions usage in a story, remember that the AutoTag will also function in a forum post or signature line in the same manner. There are some special issues with signature lines that you need to be aware of, however.

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Basic AutoTags

The Basic AutoTags require only an ID number and a Description.

           Example:
           [autotag:ID# Description]]
           Result:     Description

The ID number is different depending on the autotag. Identifying these will be descibed for each tag, below. The Description is the text you want displayed at the location where the autotag is placed in your story or forum post.

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story:

The story: AutoTag will create a link in your story or forum post to another story on AOAS.ORG.

You will need to know the StoryID to complete the story: autotag. To determine the StoryID, locate the story on AOAS.ORG, and click on the title to display it. Look at the link in the address bar in your browser, and you will see the StoryID. For example, the NASA Space Place story about Earth Impact Craters has a URL of: http://www.aoas.org/article.php/20071112141011800. The portion in bold is the StoryID.

           Example:
           [story:20071112141011800 Earth Impact Craters]
           Result:      Earth Impact Craters

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forum:

The forum: AutoTag will create a link in your story or forum post to any other forum topic on AOAS.ORG.

You will need to know the ForumID to complete the forum: autotag. To determine the ForumID, locate the desired Forum Topic and click on the Topic Title to display it. Look at the link in the address bar of your browser and you will see the ForumID. For example, the Forum Topic regarding the Drawing to be held at the Nature Center, the URL is http://www.aoas.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=1108. The portion in bold is the ForumID.

           Example:
           [forum:1108 Drawing Tonight at Nature Center]
           Result:     Drawing Tonight at Nature Center

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link:

The link: AutoTag will create a link in your story or forum post based on a Link in the Links list on AOAS.ORG.

You will need to know the LinkID to complete the link: autotag. To determine the LinkID, locate the Link in the Links list on AOAS.ORG, and hover over the link title. The URL for that link will be shown in the status bar at the bottom of your browser, and you will see the LinkID. For example, the link to the Astronomical League has a URL of: http://www.aoas.org/links/portal.php/link/20031013133651767. The portion in bold is the LinkID.

           Example:
           [link:20031013133651767 Astronomical League]
           Result:     Astronomical League

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event:

The event: AutoTag will create a link in your story or forum post to a Calendar Event on AOAS.ORG.

You will need to know the EventID to complete the event: autotag. To determine the EventID, locate the desired Calendar Event and click on the Event Title to display it. Look at the link in the address bar of your browser and you will see the EventID. For example, the Calendar Event For the AOAS CLub Meeting on Friday, January 5, 2007, the URL is http://www.aoas.org/calendar/event.php?eid=20061203011429310. The portion in bold is the EventID.

           Example:
           [event:20061203011429310 AOAS Jan 2007 Meeting]
           Result:     AOAS Jan 2007 Meeting

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Gallery AutoTags

album:

The album: AutoTag will create a thumbnail image using the album cover.  This AutoTag can only use the thumbnail image that is used for the album cover.

Parameter Description
width:## sets the width of the thumbnail image to ## px wide
height:## sets the height of the thumbnail image to ## px high
align:left, right, auto or none Determines the alignment for the AutoTag, valid options are left to align left, right to align right, auto to have AOAS Gallery alternate alignment right/left and none for no align.
linkid:## If linkid: is specified, the album AutoTag will link to the media item specified with the linkid: parameter. Omit the linkid: parameter to have the album AutoTag link to the album view.
border:0/1 1 places a border (frame) around the thumbnail
0 will disable the border
link:0/1 1 enables the thumbnail having a link to the album.
0 disables the hot-link, instead the album cover thumbnail will be displayed with no link.
caption any text before the closing square bracket ] will be used as the caption for the image


Example:
            [album:1 width:200 height:200 align:auto border:1 link:1 A sample album AutoTag]
This example will place the album cover thumbnail in the story using a height/width of approximately 200x200 pixels.  AOAS Gallery will preserve the aspect ratio of the image, so the size may not be exactly 200x200 but it will not be any larger than 200x200.  The alignment of the thumbnail will be automatically alternated between right and left depending on the other AutoTags in the story, it will have a small border around it and will be hotlinked to the album view.  The caption will display below the thumbnail.

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media:

The media AutoTag is the general purpose AutoTag, it will work with any media type.  For image media, it will display the media item's thumbnail.

Parameters Description
width:## sets the width of the thumbnail image to ## px wide
height:## sets the height of the thumbnail image to ## px high
border:0/1 1 places a border (frame) around the thumbnail
0 will disable the border
align:left, right, auto or none Sets the alignment for the AutoTag, valid options are left to align left, right to align right, auto to have Media Gallery alternate alignment right/left and none for no align.
src:orig, disp or tn Specifies which image to use as the source, the original image (full size), the display image or the thumbnail. If no src option is given, the thumbnail image is used by default.
alt:0/1 1 will use the alternate URL of the media item for the href link
0 will link directly to the media item
caption any text before the closing ] will be used as the caption for the image

Example:
            [media:200706012342 What a pretty flower]
This would display the selected image in the standard thumnail size in the Gallery, with the caption "What a pretty flower" underneath. Clicking on the thumbnail would then display the image in the Gallery at the original size.

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slideshow:

The slideshow: AutoTag will embed a JavaScript based slide show in your story or forum post. 

There are a few restrictions with the JavaScript slideshow; images are not centered, so if you have both landscape and portrait images to display, the portrait images will align to the left.   To assist you in having full control over this AutoTag, in the Manage Media screen for each album, you have the option to select which image items will be included in the slideshow.  This gives you the ability to select images with similar size and orientation, which makes for a much prettier slideshow.

Parameter Description
width:## sets the width of the thumbnail image to ## px wide
height:## sets the height of the thumbnail image to ## px wide
border:0/1 1 places a border (frame) around the thumbnail
0 will disable the border
align:left, right, auto or none Sets the alignment for the AutoTag, valid options are left to align left, right to align right, auto to have Media Gallery alternate alignment right/left and none for no align.
delay:## The number of seconds to display an image before moving to the next one.
caption any text before the closing ] will be used as the caption for the image


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mlink:

Places a text link to a media item. No thumbnail is used.

Parameter Description
alt:0/1 1 will use the alternate URL of the media item for the href link
0 will link directly to the media item
href text any text before the closing ] will be used as the href text


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Signature AutoTags

Signature AutoTags exist for a very special reason. When you add a signature to your Account Profile (under the About You tab,) all of the text in the signature will display on a single line, unless you use the following tags. In addition, HTML is not allowed in signatures for security reasons, so these tags provide some flexibility that would otherwise be unavailable.

Note: With signatures, you can use the media: tag to add a thumbnail image ot your signature line(s). Be sure that the media: AutoTag is the last item in your signature.

siglnbrk:

The siglnbrk: AutoTag will add a line break to the text in your signature. You can use this as many times as necessary to format the text in your signature.

           Example:
           This is my signature line.[siglnbrk:]This is my second signature line.[siglnbrk][siglnbrk]I have nothing left to say.
           Result:

                 This is my signature line.
                 This is my second signature line.

                 I have nothing left to say.


siglink:

The siglink: AutoTag is used to add a URL to the text in your signature. Similar to the Basic AutoTags, the siglink: AutoTag takes two parameters. In this case, the URL (do not include the "http://" portion of the URL,) and the test you wish to display. Unlike the Basic Autotags, however, the siglink: AutoTag adds a line break to the text so that the link displays on a separate line.

           Example:
           [siglink:www.aoas.org Arkansas-Oklahoma Astronomical Society]
           Result:

                 Arkansas-Oklahoma Astronomical Society

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