When creating text in Desire2Learn ( News, Discussion, Content, etc.), you are working in the Design view of the integrated HTML Editor. In addition to formatting options, additional features in the HTML Editor allow you to insert equations and objects such as audio files.
- The HTML Editor Environment
- Using the HTML Editor
- Copying and Pasting Content into the HTML Editor
Using Spell Check
Whenever you create text (e.g., a Discussion, a News item, an essay question on a quiz), you will be using the HTML Editor. Tool icons display at the top of the editor and in the lower right corner of the editor.
To see all tools available in the HTML editor:
- If your D2L window is not set to full screen or if you are using a device/computer with a smaller screen, you may not currently see all available tools. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner to reveal more tools:
- Click on the arrows to the right of the various tool groups in the toolbar to reveal more options related to that tool group:
|Opens the Insert Object dialog box, allowing you to insert audio and video objects.|
|Inserts an image.|
|Inserts a Quicklink.|
|Click on the arrow to the right of the Insert Quicklink icon to access the next three Insert options: Insert Symbol, Insert Horizontal Rule, and Insert/Edit Attributes.|
|Opens the Select Symbol dialog box, allowing you to insert custom characters.|
|Opens the Horizontal Rule dialog box, with which you can insert horizontal lines.|
|Opens the Attributes dialog box, allowing you to set or edit attributes (e.g., title, text direction.)|
|Allows you to format text (e.g., paragraph, Heading 1, etc.)|
|Click on the arrow to the right of the Underline icon to access the next three formatting options: Strikethrough, Subscript, and Superscript.|
|Puts a strikethrough through selected text.|
|Makes the selected text subscript.|
|Makes the selected text superscript.|
|Indents the selected text.|
|Outdents the selected text.|
|Formats text into a bulleted list.|
|Click on the arrow to the right of the bulleted list icon to access more formatting options.|
|Formats text into a numbered list.|
|Changes the font family.|
|Changes the font size.|
|Foreground color applies the chosen color to text.|
|Insert a Graphical Equation.|
|Click on the arrow to right of the Graphical Equation to access two additional math editors: Math ML equation and LaTeX equation.|
|Inserts a table.|
|Cuts the selected text and moves it to the Clipboard.|
|Copies the selected text to the Clipboard.|
|Click on arrow for additional paste options.|
|Pastes text as plain text, i.e., strips out the formatting.|
|Pastes text from Word.|
|Undoes the previous action.|
|Redoes the last undone action.|
|Shows more tools if all available tools are not already displayed.|
Toolbar Buttons in lower right of HTML Editor
|Opens the HTML Source Editor window, in which you can edit the HTML code directly.|
|Opens the Preview window, in which you can see your document as it will appear to students.|
|Toggles full-screen mode for the HTML Editor. SAVE button disappears when full-screen mode is used. Toggle back to small screen to save.|
|Drag to enlarge HTML Editor window. (SAVE button does not disappear when then option is used.)|
In the text area, type the desired text.
HINT: To have the HTML Editor appear full screen, click Toggle Full Screen Mode.
NOTE: Toggling full screen mode hides the SAVE button from view. Saving often is important, so make sure you frequently shrink your window by clicking the Toggle Full Screen Mode button, save, then re-enter full screen mode.
To apply basic formatting to your text, select the Basic tab, use the toolbar buttons.
To apply advanced formatting to your text, select the Advanced tab, use the toolbar buttons.
HINT: You can make changes directly to the code by clicking Edit HTML Source.
To check the spelling of your text, click the Spellcheck icon.
For more information, refer to Using Spell Check.
To preview the new changes, click Preview.
To make any additional changes to your message, repeat steps 1-5.
If you are using full screen mode, to exit it, press Toggle Full Screen Mode.
When finished, click Save (or Post or Publish or Update depending on the tool you are in).
HINT: Before you copy and paste text, remove all formatting including bullets, numbers, tabs, page numbers, etc. Pasting formatted text may add code which can create unintended results.
Copy the text you want to paste into the HTML Editor.
In the HTML Editor, select the Advanced tab.
To paste text that contains no formatting, click Paste.
To paste text that contains some formatting, click Paste as plain text.
NOTE: This will remove the formatting and paste only the text.
To paste text that has been copied from Microsoft Word, click Paste from Word.
Using the various tools in the toolbar, apply the desired formatting.
Click Save or Post.
Desire2Learn's spell checking feature helps correct spelling errors. The spell checker is a helpful tool, but should not be used alone. Always proofread your text for mistakes the spell checker cannot correct (e.g., than/that/then, their/there, its/it's, etc.). The spell checker may select words that are not misspelled (e.g., last names, product names, and foreign words). You can choose to ignore or replace each word the spell checker questions. In Desire2Learn text can be spell checked if it is typed in the
HTML Editor. Type your text.
- Click the
Spell Checker icon.
Spell Checker dialog box appears.
- Each misspelled word is highlighted in red. The
Spell Checker will go through the words in order, highlighting them in yellow and offering correction suggestions.
NOTE: If the word is spelled correctly (a last name, for instance), click Ignore Once, or Ignore All.
- Click on the
Suggestion pull-down menu to get the full list of suggestions.
Type the correct word into the text box.
Replace Once, or
Replace All, depending on how many misspellings of the word there are.
- Repeat steps 4-6 as necessary.
- When you have finished, click Apply, and the HTML text editor appears again with the corrected text.