Using Page



Why a page and not a file?

  1. Opens seamlessly - no clunky attempts to launch third party software (e.g. Microsoft Word) which some users may not be able to access.
  2. Can be accessed by mobile devices e.g. smartphones (again, not all smartphones can handle word-processed documents)
  3. Much easier for the Teacher to edit (i.e. saves time)
  4. Much more accessible, and readily configurable for reading (easier to resize text, change colours, etc, in the web browser)
  5. Can contain links - e.g. to files, to web pages, or to Glossary entries

When to use a page rather than a file

Use a page if:

How to create a page

Typing directly into the Editor

See Page module settings

Drag and drop text into a page

It's possible to select text from a website or a word processed document and create a page by drag and drop.

Note: this does not work with IE, Safari 6 or below and is unreliable with Firefox

Pasting from another document

To safeguard against unpredictable, ugly, and inaccessible results, it's important to take some easy extra steps when pasting word processed and other text into web authoring software including Moodle.

  1. Open the document containing the text you want to paste into your new Page, and copy that text ready to paste.
  2. Follow steps 1-6 for the section above on 'Typing directly into the editor'.
  3. When we are ready to paste the content into Moodle, you have two choices:

    • If you want to keep the original formatting then click the Paste From Word icon; a pane loads containing an empty text field and we can press your keyboard's Control and V keys to paste what you copied into the text field; then click the Insert button; your text appears and can be edited within N.b. if the original formatting does not conform to Web accessibility requirements, it won't be transferred.
    • Alternatively, if you want to strip away all formatting, rather than the Paste From Word icon you instead click the Paste As Plain Text icon and proceed to paste directly.

  4. Follow steps 8-9 for the section above on 'Typing directly into the editor'.

See also