Editing Content

A new Sparkle document starts with a blank page where you can add the elements to your website layout.

The most direct way to add elements to the canvas is via the corresponding toolbar buttons. Each content type is explained in more detail later in this documentation:

  • Text — adds a block of text
  • Box — adds a decorative box
  • Wide box — adds a box, pre-set to be as wide as the browser window
  • Image — adds an image
  • Gallery — adds an image gallery
  • Map - adds google map
  • Video — adds a video element
  • Audio — adds an audio element
  • Menu adds a menu
  • Button, Text Input, Checkbox and Radio button — adds form elements or action buttons (see Buttons and Forms)
  • Embed — adds code provided by a third party website
  • Twitter widget — adds a tweet, a twitter timeline or a twitter page link
  • Facebook widget — adds facebook’s buttons (like, share, etc.) or a facebook page link

Details on element position, size and layering can be found in the Arrange pane inspector documentation page.

In addition to the freeform positioning via dragging or inspector, the Sparkle canvas features a Layout Grid, that elements snap to, magnetically.

Grid settings can be changed using the Grid button on the toolbar. Sparkle defaults to a 12 column grid.

An alternative to grid snapping are the automatic guides based on element boundaries.

For example, here the top of the text aligns to the bottom of the image:

While using magnetic snapping help construct a tidy layout, you can prevent snapping by holding down the control key while dragging an element.

If you want to position an element further down or up on the page, in an area currently not visible, you can drag near the canvas edge and the page will scroll automatically.

Please report any shortcoming in this documentation and we’ll fix it as soon as possible!

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