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Storga modes

Modes are permanently displayed in the far left column, just below the word 'mode'.
We choose the mode according to what we want to do at the time.

Icon

Mode name

Used for

Visualize

Browser on the Storga site

Search

Synchronize (for native Storga client workstations with local replication)

View page history

Print page content

Edit

Complete the content of the page, enter text

Go back in case of handling error

Organize

Move blocks, pages, reorganize the site

Import text or CSV files, export to various formats

Mail

Only of interest to users who use Stoga as a mailer.

Configure

It is not strictly speaking a mode of editing Storga pages, but access to the configuration of the site and the software.

Icons common to all Storga modes

They are found at the top of the column on the far left.

Back to the home page.

This home page is either the root of the site, or a page specific to the user which has been defined at the level of the user's record.

This is the backspace button of the native Storga client.

When using a web browser, it is the equivalent of the browser's backspace button.

This button is only present when you are using the native Storga client, with local replication, and when you are browsing the local version of the site.
The button then allows you to switch to the same page, to the version on the server (online) of the site.

The presence of this button is the visual signal that lets you know that you are browsing the local version which may in some cases not be up to date with the version on the server.

 

This icon is also on the left, but lower, under the word 'help'.
It provides access to online help.

The 'View' mode

This is the mode that we use when we consult the documentation.
It emphasizes the possibilities of navigation.

What is displayed in visualized mode can be refined:

Display the model tree.
This adds columns to the left menu.

Templates are mainly used in edit mode, to add records, and that is why by default they are not displayed in view mode. However, they can also contain favorites (links) useful in view mode.

We only display the titles.

Can be useful when a page is very long to quickly familiarize yourself with the table of contents.

Activate the spell checker.
Unrecognized words are displayed in dark red.

The language to be used can be forced in the page parameters (icon opposite in edit mode).

By default, it is specified in the user's file.

Remove menus.

To restore them, go back.
With a web browser, the standard backspace button.
With the native Storga client, the URL icon at the top right (see opposite), then the backspace icon.

You can also restore the menu by adding an exclamation point at the end of the URL.

Very useful for knowing where in the site tree is the page you are viewing.

The current page is displayed in bold black.
The pages from which it descends are displayed above, going up to the root of the site.
The sub pages it contains are displayed on it, recursively.

Functions that are only available in view mode:

'Go up' allows you to find the pages so this one is a sub-page (In most cases, there is only one).
It is very practical when you arrive in an area of \u200b\u200bthe tree structure via a link, and you want to go back to a more general level of information. For example, I receive an email that contains a link to a customer complaint, and I use the 'go up' button to find the entire customer file.

 

 

'Find' allows you to find pages that contain a given sequence of characters.

Allows you to visualize the site as it was in the past, as with a time machine.

In edit mode, there is another icon that allows you to go back the page.

Finally, the site administrator has an even more powerful function, accessible via the 'Return' button on the configuration page of the Storga site, which makes it possible to delete the modifications made by a single user between two given times, that is, ie by keeping the modifications made by the other users during the same period as well as the modifications made by all the users subsequently.

When you activate this button in view mode, the date and time at which the page is viewed appears above the window, as well as several buttons:

The 'Navigate' button allows you to hide the top window, while continuing to view the site as it was in the past, possibly following links to other pages.
The fact that we continue to navigate in the past is visually indicated by the gray background around the icon above.

To return to the present, we use the 'Now' button.

Finally, the 'List' button allows you to obtain a summary of the history of the page, indicating who modified it, when. By clicking on one of the lines, you can view the page as it was just before.

This button is only present when you are using the native Storga client, with local replication, and when you are browsing the local version of the site.

It is used to force synchronization from the server to the local computer, as opposed to synchronization from the local computer to the server, which is fully automatic.

For more details about synchronization, see the manual page dedicated to this subject.

One of the big problems with the email is that it is the sender who chooses the recipients ('push' mode or push in French). Suppose you have built a news site covering multiple topics. How to inform users about news related to these topics? Too often, the logic employed is to send it to all the users listed in a file, with the effect of flooding the mailboxes with information that does not interest the user.
Storga offers a mechanism that allows users to specify the information they wish to receive ('pull' mode or pull in French): each user subscribes to the root page of each subject that interests them, then a person who wants making an announcement about one of the subjects goes to the subject's root page, and creates a 'message' subject to send the mail. In addition to the list of his usual contacts, this person then has a list of contacts called 'Subscribers' which contains exactly the people who have subscribed to this page or a relative of it (which means that the you can have big topics, sub topics, and people can subscribe to either a whole big topic, or just a few sub topics, etc).
In general computing, this is called a 'mailing list' or distribution list, but Storga provides much greater flexibility in the event that site users are not interested in all topics.

This is a simplified version (without parameters) of the organize mode export function, which makes a PDF version of the current page.

The 'Edit' mode

This is the mode we use to record information.

To add information blocks in the current page, we use the toolbox, that is to say the series of icons on a medium blue background on the left side of the window.

If a block is currently selected, the new block will be added right after.
If no block is selected, the new block will be added at the bottom of the page.
For further explanations concerning the position of the block which is thus inserted, refer to the paragraph 'Inserting elements' in the document 'Understanding the structure of a Storga document' of this manual.

For more details on the content and operation of each type of block, refer to the document 'The toolbox: the different types of blocks available' in this manual.

The other functions available in edit mode:

Allows you to modify the parameters of the current page, in particular the read and write access rights.

Allows you to edit the site's models.

See the 'Templates, Shortcuts and Favorites' document in this manual.

Copy the URL of the current page to the clipboard. This then allows you to paste it to create a link block (or configure the site, a mailbox, etc.)

Deletes, after confirmation, the currently selected block.

This is the button that is used to go back when you have made a mistake.
The current date then appears on the top of the screen, use the left arrow button next to it to find the version just before the manipulation error, then press the 'Backward' button to validate the backspace.

Entry per kilometer

When taking notes with Storga, little use is made of the icons in the toolbox.
Indeed, when the cursor is in a text block, pressing the 'Enter' key automatically creates a new text block just below.

If you want a simple line break, without going to a new paragraph, you use 'Shift Enter'

If you want to add a subtitle, you start by pressing 'Enter' to create the new paragraph, then use the 'F1' 'F2' or 'F3' keys to specify that it is a subtitle level 1, 2 or 3.
(You press 'F4' to restore the standard paragraph if you have pressed 'F1', 'F2' or 'F3' per error.)

Finally, if you place the cursor in front of the first character of a paragraph, press the 'Backspace' key (the one just above the 'Enter' key), and the previous block is also a paragraph, the two paragraphs will be merged.

Reminder: moving a block is not possible in 'edit' mode; to do this, use the 'organize' mode

The 'Organize' mode

This mode is dedicated to classifying or reorganizing documentation.

The main function of this mode is to move blocks. This is described in the section 'Moving blocks (or paragraphs)' of the document 'Understanding the structure of a Storga document' of this manual.

The other functions of organize mode are:

As in view mode, in organize mode the column of the model tree is not permanently displayed.

Templates are mainly used in edit mode, to add records, and that is why by default they are not displayed in organize mode. However, they can also contain useful favorites (links).

Specifies whether the structure of the entire page is made visible (the blocks and their sub-blocks, sub-sub-blocks, etc.), or only the list of first-level blocks.

See the document 'Understanding the Structure of a Storga Document' in this manual.

Allows you to import blocks from a document in HTML format or a document that will be specified via its URL and downloaded directly from the Internet.

The purpose of this feature is to import the layout, as opposed to copying / pasting unformatted text. This function is very rudimentary and only works for very simple HTML. Experiment, and don't expect too much.

On the other hand, Storga's export function is quite powerful.
We choose what we want to export (just the selected blocks, the entire current document, or this entire area of \u200b\u200bthe site) and in what format.

For more details, refer to the 'Exports' document of this manual.

Mark the selected blocks as part of the metadata.
Metadata blocks are not displayed by default, but result in the display of a small sign at the top of the menu, which allows them to be displayed.

The notion of metadata blocks is useful for adding comments to a page.

Used to delete (after confirmation) the selected blocks.

The 'Mail' mode

The mail mode aims to allow rapid processing of a series of mails.
Everything that is done in 'Mail' mode can also be done using the 'Edit' and 'Organize' modes. Simply, the mail mode is optimized for sequential processing.

The other functions of the mail mode are:

Write a new email.

Si la boite mail est gérée par un serveur mail exerne, cette icône provoque la récupération des nouveaux mails reçu.
Si l'on travaille sur une copie locale du site Storga, cet icône permet aussi de synchroniser la liste des mails avec le serveur Storga.

The list of emails displayed can be modified using 4 parameters accessible via the icon opposite.
The first field, which has no name, is a pure filter which hides in the list all the mails which do not contain the sequence of characters indicated in this field.
The 'days' and 'type of mail' parameters allow you to find in the archives all the mails received or sent for n days, or only those sent, those received, etc. The value 'problem' corresponds to sent mails which could not yet be sent to all the recipients. The value 'reception' does not list emails marked as unwanted (also called spam or SPAM).
Finally, the 'levels' parameter allows you to specify how many levels of sub pages will be consulted to find the emails appearing there.

When you switch to 'Mail' mode, the system builds and displays the list of mails contained in the current page. To process one of the emails, follow the link corresponding to the subject of the email on the right side of the screen.

These four icons allow you to choose the display mode of the email content.

Select the mail block, exactly as we could have done by clicking on the box that appears to the left of the block in organize mode.
This function is a shortcut used to select the e-mail in order to move it, ie to store it in another Storga page.

Reply to the sender of the email only.

Reply to the mail, and keep all the other recipients.

Forward the email.
The lines of the content of the initial email are copied, with chevrons inserted at the head, as in the case of a response.

Forward the email.
The initial email is transformed into an attachment.

Delete the mail.
It remains stored in the archives, which can be found by setting the 'days' parameter in the mail list filter.

Mark the email as spam, and delete it.
Unwanted emails are not found in the archives if you only activate the 'days' parameter in the email list filter. If you want to find them, you must select 'SPAM' in the next field.

The following three icons are used to store or open emails with an application other than the Storga mailer:

Open the mail in your computer's mailer.

Strange as it sounds, not all mailers are able to open an email from another system.

Store the mail as a file on your computer.

Print the mail.

Tips for using the Storga mailer

The main difficulty to overcome when switching to the Storga mailer is to get rid of the idea that classifying your emails is simply putting them in one of the email folders you have created, or even leave them in the inbox.
In Storga, e-mails are blocks like any other. Each Storga mailbox has an entry page where new mails arrive. Processing emails means destroying all those of no interest for the future (they remain accessible in the archives area of \u200b\u200bthe mailbox), and moving the others to the right page. The pages are not linked to a particular mailbox. The right page for each email depends on your overall organization choice; it can be a sub-folder of the customer file concerned, an area that will be processed by another employee, etc.

Concretely, there are several ways to proceed:

The first is to use the template tree to create links to the different pages where you may want to classify an email. To move the email, all you have to do is click on the corresponding test pattern in the 'models' area of \u200b\u200bthe left menu.

The second is, as in 'Organize' mode, to use two sessions. In the first, we switch to 'Mail' mode, and in the second to 'Organize' mode. To move an email, use the mail mode selection button (see icon opposite), then change session, go to the destination page, and click on the yellow bar corresponding to the desired position.
With a large screen, as in 'Organize' mode, you can display the two sessions side by side.

The third solution consists in creating an applet (a Storga form containing a small program) which will browse the mails, analyze them and automatically arrange or delete those which correspond to certain criteria.