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Exhibits Documentation A guide to building exhibits using Spotlight

Appearance

The Appearance settings enable you to define the general look of your exhibit.

Visual theme tab

There are currently two visual themes available for Project Surfliner Starlight exhibits: a campus-specific theme and the default Blacklight theme. Each new exhibit is assigned the appropriate campus theme (the UCSB one is used for this exhibit). The default Blacklight should not be used.

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Exhibit masthead tab

An image-based site masthead can strengthen the visual identity of your exhibit and help distinguish it from other exhibits. To add an image that will be used as a background image in the exhibit site masthead:

  1. Select an option in the Image source section to either upload an image or select an image from the exhibit. The image will be displayed in the Cropped image section (depending on the size of the image, it might take a few moments for it to be displayed).

  2. A rectangular cropping box is displayed over the image. You can move and adjust the size of the cropping box to select a slice of the image to use as the masthead's background image. The proportions of the cropping box are fixed so as you adjust one side of the box, the size of the other side will also change.

  3. Check Show background image in masthead (above the Image source section).

  4. Click Save changes to save the cropped image and display it as the background image of the site masthead.

You can replace the site masthead image at any time by repeating the steps above. You can choose not to show a background image in the site masthead by unchecking Show background image in masthead.

The video from Stanford below shows how to perform the above steps to add a masthead image.

Exhibit thumbnail tab

The site thumbnail image is a small image used as a preview of your exhibit on Twitter Cards associated with your exhibit website, such as when a Tweet that includes your exhibit URL is either expanded in the timeline or viewed on the Tweet’s individual permalink page.

The site thumbnail is also used to feature your exhibit on the exhibits sites homepage.

To create a site thumbnail:

  1. Select an option in the Image source section to either upload an image or select an image from the exhibit. The image will be displayed in the Cropped image section (depending on the size of the image, it might take a few moments for it to be displayed).

  2. A rectangular cropping box is displayed over the image. You can move and adjust the size of the cropping box to select a slice of the image to use as the masthead's background image. The proportions of the cropping box are fixed so as you adjust one side of the box, the size of the other side will also change.

  3. Click Save changes to save the cropped thumbnail image.

You can replace the site thumbnail image at any time by repeating the steps above.

The video from Stanford below shows how to perform the above steps to add a masthead thumbnail.

Main menu tab

The main menu of your exhibit always displays a Home link. There are three other potential menu items that, by default, will be displayed in the main menu:

  • Curated Features displayed when at least one feature page is published
  • Browse displayed when at least one browse category is published
  • About displayed when at least one about page is published

The image below shows the main menu for this exhibit.

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You can choose to not display any of these menu items, even when that item would otherwise be displayed, by unchecking the checkbox next to its label.

You can change the text used for any menu item label (except Home) by clicking its label and entering a new value. For example, in the exhibit shown below, we have relabeled Curated Features to Reference by editing its label. (Note that for the Curated Features menu item, the menu item label is used only when at least two feature pages have been published; if only a single feature page has been published, the title of that page is used for the menu item label.)

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"Curated Features" has been renamed "Reference" in this exhibit

The Home link is always the first item in the main menu. However, you can change the order of the other menu items by dragging and dropping them in your desired order. Click Save changes to save changes you make to the menu item labels, display order, or visibility status.

The video below from Stanford shows how to edit the main menu labels.

If you add a lot of feature pages to your site, the list of Feature pages showing up under that main menu label may become too unwieldy for exhibit viewers to navigate easily. To simplify navigation, you can hide some of these pages from the main menu and display them only on the navigation list that appears on the left side of the Feature pages. The video from Stanford below shows how to do this.