Arbital editor: Basics

Ar­bital has a cus­tom ed­i­tor built speci­fi­cally for cre­at­ing Ar­bital pages. If you click the “Edit” but­ton on any page, you can see the Mark­down for that page and edit it if you have the right per­mis­sions.

The ed­i­tor is split into five tabs: Ti­tle, Text, Re­la­tion­ships, Set­tings, and His­tory. Every­thing un­der Ti­tle and Text should already make sense to you; if not, read Ar­bital page: Ba­sics and Ar­bital Mark­down re­spec­tively. If your screen is wide enough, the right half of the screen will have an in­stant pre­view as you type. If not, you’ll need to hit the Pre­view but­ton man­u­ally to see what the page’s Mark­down will look like ren­dered.

When you start edit­ing the page, Ar­bital will store an au­tosave of your cur­rent state ev­ery 5 sec­onds. (Note that only the page’s ti­tle, click­bait, and text is au­tosaved.) The au­tosave is over­writ­ten each time. If you want to per­ma­nently store a ver­sion of the page, you can use the snap­shot but­ton, which is lo­cated on the left in the toolbar. Most other but­tons in the toolbar are self-ex­plana­tory, and you can ex­per­i­ment with them to see what they do.

No­body else will see the ver­sion you are edit­ing, and as long as you con­tinue edit­ing it, it will re­main locked so that no­body else can edit it. Once you are done, hit the Pub­lish but­ton to make your ver­sion go live and be visi­ble to the pub­lic.

The Re­la­tion­ships tab con­tains all types of con­nec­tions this page has to other pages. You are prob­a­bly already fa­mil­iar with par­ent-child and tag re­la­tion­ships. When you add or re­move a re­la­tion­ship, that change is prop­a­gated im­me­di­ately to the live ver­sion.

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