Quercus 8.0.2. Control Centre User’s Guide<>

Setting parameter values

Function of the Parameters option

The Parameters option allows you to set up configuration parameters, page messages and help text.

Configuration parameters are items of static information which apply to the service as a whole and which do not vary from course to course. Examples could include:

maximum document upload size allowed for online applications

URL link to a terms and conditions page

whether or not students can upload their photo when confirming a place

Each service may have different configuration parameters. These parameters can also be accessed through the Parameters option on the Control Centre Set-Up tab.

Page messages are the messages that appear on some web pages, usually near the head of the page.

Help text is the pop-up help messages that appear when you click a field name or when you roll your mouse over some fields.

Note: the Page Item Help and Page Messages are currently only available for Premium Vanilla services.

When you open the Parameters the options you see will depend upon the configuration settings for the page. If you do not see any of the above options, click the Customize button in the top right corner of the screen and select the options you want to include in the display.

Note: after you have changed the settings using the Customize option above you will need to refresh the page before the display changes.

The Customize option changes the page customization settings for all courses and services — both custom and Premium Vanilla.

To set up or modify parameter values, page messages or help text

1Click the Parameters graphic.

A list of settings opens.

The list consists of various parameter settings and items of static data which will influence how the service is presented to the user. It is divided into three sections:

Page Messages

These are messages that appear on particular categories of page. These options allow you to set messages for these pages.

Page Item Help

These are the pop-up help messages that appear when you roll your mouse over particular fields and click an underlined field label.

Parameters

These are settings that apply to the service as a whole.

Setting a page message

Page messages are the messages that appear on particular categories of Premium Vanilla web pages, usually near the head of the page.

Note: the Page Item Help and Page Messages options only apply to Premium Vanilla services. In custom services the equivalent options are provided by the various message parameters (these parameters can be found by searching for MSG in the Parameters Search box).

The example below shows the welcome message in an instance of the Apply Online service.

These messages can be edited using the Set Up Values option in the Settings screen.

To edit a page message

1Choose Settings in the service menu.

2Click the Parameters graphic.

A list of Basic Settings opens. Page Messages are the first set of options in this list.

Note: there may be more messages than are visible in the list. Click the Next button to move through the list.

3Locate the message you want to change and click the edit button.

A list of instances of the message opens. An ‘instance’ is a variant of the message applied to a specific course.

4If you want to change the default message, locate the message which has a ‘Yes’ against it in the Default column and click the edit button.

An editor opens allowing you to edit and format the message.

In the example below we have removed the bold font and condensed the messages shown in the preceding example into a single line.

5When you have finished editing the message click Apply Changes.

If you go to your browser and reopen the page you will see the changed message.

Note: you may have to clear your browser’s cache and refresh the page before the change is visible.

Specifying custom messages for specific course or course instances

By default, page and help messages will be the same across all service instances.

Additionally, if messages are marked as shared they will be used by all Premium Vanilla services.

If you want to show a different message for a specific course or course instance you can do so using the Create New option. This allows you to create a new version of a message or help text and then assign it to a course or course instance.

How the service determines which message to display

The service checks which course instance the user has selected and then selects the appropriate message based on the following rules.

1If the user has selected a course instance for which a custom message has been defined then this custom message is displayed.

2If condition 1 is not met, the application checks if a custom message has been defined for the course to which the instance belongs. If it has, the message is displayed.

3If conditions 1 and 2 are not met, the application displays the service-specific message associated with the page.

4If there is no service-specific message the service displays the default Premium Vanilla message associated with the page in question (shared across all services which use the page).

To set up a custom message for a specific course or course instance

1Follow steps 1 to 3 of the To edit a page message procedure here.

2Click the Create New button.

The editor opens.

Beneath the editor are Course and Course Instance fields.

3Type in your specific message for the course or course instance.

4Select the course or course instance (not both) in the fields below the editor.

5Click Create.

The message is saved and added to the list of message instances.

If you open the service your browser, choose the course and page in question you will see the course-specific message.

Setting an item help message

These are the pop-up help messages that appear when you click a field name or when you roll your mouse over particular fields.

The example below shows the help text associated with the Criminal Conviction field in an implementation of the Apply Online service.

These messages can be edited using the Set Up Values option in the Settings screen.

To edit a help message

1Choose Settings in the service menu.

2Click the Parameters graphic.

A list of Basic Settings opens. Item help messages are the second set of options in this list.

Note: there may be more messages than are visible in the list. Click the Next button to move through the list.

3Follow steps 3 and 4 in the To edit a page message procedure here.

To set up a custom help message for a specific course or course instance

You can also set up a custom help message for a specific course or course instance that will override the default message. This works exactly like the custom page message — you use the Create New button to add the custom message.

» For more information see Specifying custom messages for specific course or course instances.

Using the editor

The online editor works in most respects like a cut-down word-processor.

Note, however, the following online-specific functionality.

Entering links

The following help text contains two links:

If you enter a link you must set up the link so that the target page opens in a different browser window (otherwise users would loose their position within the online workflow). The procedure to achieve this is described below.

To create a link which opens in a different browser window

1Click the link button in the toolbar.

If text is selected when you click the button this will become the link text. If no text is selected the URL itself will appear as the link text.

The Create Link dialog box opens.

2Enter the URL for the link in the URL box.

3To prevent the link from opening in the same browser window (which would disrupt the user’s session), click the Target tab and set the link type to New Window (_blank) or <popup window>.

Resizing the editor

If the editing panel is too small for you you can increase its size by dragging the handle in the bottom right corner.