Managing project announcements

Managing project site announcements

Project announcements can include articles, essays, and other items that are relevant to your project, or that you think the project members would be interested in. You can include HTML in an announcement, as long as it conforms to HTML coding conventions for areas of the application that use an XSS filter.

Arranging the announcements

The Project announcements page provides current status to project members and perspectives. To add announcements, click on the Add new announcement link.

The fields on the Add new announcement page have the following functionality:

For example, you want to add an article recently published in a trade journal on an issue relevant to your project. The article, "Widget Kids", was published January 13, 2003, in the "Widget Week" magazine. To create this as an announcement, first click on the appropriate pull-down menus in the Date of event field to enter the date. Next, enter the article headline, "Widget Kids" in the Headline field. Since HTML is permitted here, you can cut and paste the headline as you saw it online. You can also include the URL to link directly to the original article.

NOTE: Instead of cutting and pasting the article information into the announcements fields, you can include any level of HTML complexity. However, as a rule, you should opt for that which can load quickly and reliably across a range of browsers and platforms.

Making announcements

If you choose to add previously published articles, keep in mind that you do not "own" the article. While you can refer to the headline or title, and provide a synopsis that you have written, you must provide the proper compensations to the owner of the copyright.

One process is to cite the headline, link to it, and then provide, in your own words, an explanatory sentence or paragraph, preferably short. See, for an example of this practice, the announcements page for OpenOffice.org.

NOTE : You do not need to follow the process above for your own work.

Once you have entered the information on your chosen article, you are ready to "publish" it.

There are several options for submitting announcements:

Things to keep in mind: