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CompLit 203: American Girls & Girlhood / Welcome!
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:29:30 PM »
Welcome to the forum board space for students of Prof. Fielder's American Girls and Girlhood course at UW-Madison! Here you can create an account, post questions about the DM platform and interface, and help each other answer questions and troubleshoot via replies to posts.

My name is Max, I am a research assistant working on the Digital Mappa project, and I will help moderate and answer questions you can't answer yourselves.

Remember there is also a help guide for project creators featuring text and video tutorials that can be found here: So be sure to take a look there first before posting here!

Frequently Asked Questions / Does it matter what web browser I use?
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:49:43 PM »
Yes! In DM 1.0, projects can be viewed on laptop/desktop versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers. But if you want to create and edit projects, then it is strongly recommended that you use a version of the Chrome web browser. DM 1.0 is optimized for the Chrome browser, and while other browsers may be used to edit projects, we have not rigorously tested these other platforms. In DM 2.0, which is in development, projects will be able to be viewed, created and edited with all standard web browsers.

Also in DM 1.0, if your laptop/computer features a touchscreen, then it is recommended that you suspend touch screen features while viewing, creating and editing projects. DM 2.0 you will run on all standard web browsers and be touchscreen compatible.

Issue: When using DM, lower parts or edges of some of DM's interface may appear clipped or cut off.

Explanation and Workaround: Depending on the size of your computer screen, you may want to play with the zoom feature on the Chrome browser ( to find the zoom percentage that best displays DM on a particular screen. 100% zoom will not necessarily be best for everyone on every screen - on some smaller laptop screens, 100% zoom may clip off the bottom of the Table of Contents window, but 90% zoom will adequately display all of DM's features on the screen.

Note: Changing the zoom feature on your browser may affect other features - for instance, the positioning of highlight rollover windows tends to change when the browser screen is zoomed.

Known DM 1.0 issues & workarounds / Table of Contents missing items!
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:47:34 PM »
Issue and Explanation: If you are working on a network connection that is spotty, then your primary documents may seem to have disappeared from your table of contents.

Workaround: Try closing your browser and maybe also reconnecting to your network, and your primary documents should reappear.

Known DM 1.0 issues & workarounds / Inactive highlight
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:14:20 PM »
Issue: If you are unable to open a highlight's window of links, then you probably have a corrupted or inactive highlight. Whereas hovering over a highlight should open the highlight's window of links, hovering over a corrupted or inactive highlight will fail to open the highlight's link window.

Explanation and Workaround: Corrupted or inactive highlights can occasionally occur when network connection errors interrupt DM's automatic saving - so while the highlight was made, it was not correctly saved to the server, and will appear as a highlight, but not function as one. If this is happening, you will likely be seeing Save Error alerts as you are working. Inactive highlights cannot be easily fixed, but they can be easily replaced. You can get rid of them pretty easily by completely deleting the highlighted text, ensuring sure the yellow highlighted text (which is now just background color formatting) is completely gone. Then you can rewrite the text,  create a new highlight and rebuild the links associated with the highlight.

First Things Before Posting / Be sure to create an account!
« on: February 24, 2018, 02:46:18 PM »
If you are working on a project using DM, then be sure to create an account on the forum, and include a valid email address in your registration. That way, we'll be able to reach you when subsequent DM fixes, updates or versions are released.

No, DM does not hold any copyright to projects created in DM. Always be sure to seek and receive permissions from copyright holders before making material under copyright publicly available through DM.

In terms of such content, if DM is being used for private work individually or among collaborators, then no permission for reproduction would be normally required.

Frequently Asked Questions / Do I need to be online to edit a project?
« on: February 24, 2018, 08:59:25 AM »
Yes, you need to be online to edit a project in DM in order to have your worked saved to the project. If you are off-line and editing a project, changes you make will only be made to the local instance of your project on your computer - they will not be saved to the server hosting the project.

If you are offline when editing a project, or if you lose online connectivity, an alert will inform you this is the case. When online connectivity is restored, any changes you've made to the project while it was only local will be saved to the server - however, this is not an advised mode of working over any length of time. See "Saving Work, Backing Up & Exporting Projects" ( on the site for more information.

Like a regular website, there is theoretically no limit to how many users at one time may view a DM project that has been made publicly available.

While multiple users may also technically edit the same project simultaneously, multiuser editing is a bit more complicated in DM 1.0. See for more information.

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