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Additional Elements and Objects

In addition to the primary elements and objects, you can also incorporate the following into your projects:

  • Concepts You can insert concept markers into topics to "tie" topics together. The markers are a way to identify that certain topics are related in some way. See Inserting Concepts.
  • Equations Contributor supports equations written in Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) and LaTeX. After you've created an equation, you can then copy and paste it into Contributor's editor. This gives you more flexibility to use the editor and format you want. Once you add an equation into your project, Contributor uses MathJax to render it. See About Equations.
  • Footnotes and Endnotes A footnote is a comment that is used to explain a specific area of the text. Both the area in the text and the comment contain a number or symbol that ties the two together. A footnote comment is typically placed at the end of a page where the corresponding number or symbol is placed in the text. Otherwise, you can place a comment later in the manual, such as at the end of a document, chapter, section, or book; in this case, the comment is usually referred to as an endnote. See About Footnotes.
  • Indexes You can open a topic or snippet and use the top area of the Index window pane to insert index keywords and subkeywords into that file. The major benefit of this method is that it lets you place index markers at specific places in a topic or snippet, as opposed to the very beginning of the file. While this method allows you the most control, it takes more time than the other methods. See Inserting Index Keywords.
  • QR Codes You can insert a quick response (QR) code into a document or topic using the XML Editor. A QR code is a type of barcode that can be read by devices such as smart phones. The data encoded in the QR code can be text, a website URL, an email address, contact information, or SMS (Short Message Service, which is used for sending text messages). Basically, QR codes are a way to bridge the gap between a static print document and searchable, more detailed online information at your fingertips See About QR Codes.
  • Slideshows You can add a slideshow as an alternative way to display content, using navigation controls to move from slide to slide to view different content. Most kinds of content can be placed into a slideshow, including snippets, text, tables, and more. See About Slideshows.
  • Text Boxes You can insert a box into a topic and add content to it. The text box is separate from the regular text in the topic and can be positioned in a variety of places on a page (e.g., aligned left on the page, outside frame, center of column). You might add a text box, for example, to create an example or case study that runs alongside the main text in a topic, in order to enhance the reader's understanding of the main text. See About Text Boxes.