Editing The Super Component

The Super Component is by far the most advanced component on Army Showcase. It allows for other components to be embedded alongside text and other components. By using this tool, truly advanced layouts can be achieved. Any component can be embedded in a Super Component with the exception of another Super Component and the Book Component.

The Edit Screen Layout

The image above depicts the edit screen for the Super Component. Super Components are made of sections, where each section has a title, some text, and an embedded component. Also, at the bottom of the super component is a form to enter a new section. See the sections below for details on how to add/edit sections.

Adding a New Section

At the bottom of the Super Component, there will be a form where a new section can be added. To add a new section, either a title must be entered, or text must be entered, or a child component must be selected. The top narrow box is the box for the title of the section. The larger box is the main text box for the section. The drop down box contains the component ID's of all the components which can be embedded into the Super Component. The component IDs match the numbers inside each component's drop down edit box. The last drop down box determines where the embedded component will be placed relative to the text of the section. If left is chosen, the embedded component will be aligned to the left of the page with the text wrapping around the component. If right is chosen, the embedded component will align to the right and text will be wrapped around it. If center is chosen, the text will be placed below the embedded component and the embedded component will be centered within the Super Component. To add the new section, click the "Save Page" button at the bottom of the Super Component. If the "Save Page" Button is clicked without any of the new section forms will be filled out, a new section will not be added to the page.

Editing an Existing Section

Each Section of the Super Component can be edited while in edit mode. The title of the section and the text of the section can be changed by changing the respective text boxes. Also, a new embedded component can be chosen by choosing a new component ID from the drop down box. If none is selected from this drop down box, the section will no longer have an embedded component. The last drop down box can be used to change the position of the embedded component. In order to save changes to a section, the "Save Page" button at the bottom of the component must be pressed.

Each section also has several buttons to modify it. The "Move Section Up" button will move the section one spot closer to the top. The "Move Section Down" button will move the section one spot closer to the bottom. The "Delete Section" Button will delete the section. If a section is deleted, it cannot be recovered. If any unsaved changes exist when any of these buttons are pressed, those changes will be lost. Be sure to save all changes by pressing the "Save Page" button prior to using these buttons.

Adding an Embedded Component

To add an embedded component, a new component needs to be created according to the advanced editor. The best way to do this is to add the component off to the side of the super component and then embed it. When a component is embedded, not all of its editing options are available to it. Primarily, the size of a component cannot be changed while it is embedded. Also, Internet Explorer functions slightly different then other browsers. In IE, when clicking on the drop down edit menu for an embedded component, it will appear in the upper right corner of the screen instead of its normal location.

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