Toolbox Users Forum

To Javascript or NOT to Javascript …

The Office of Housing Administration and the Residential Education Office are about to co-launch a website redesign process where they will be consolidating information from different servers and sites onto the Toolbox CMS. On the old site, they created a Java tool that has been helpful to prospective students in selecting residential learning communities.

The tool is Java-based. Has anyone had success in including Java-based APIs in Toolbox? Assuming they can make the Java accessible, is it possible or not in the CMS? We are looking to provide any best practices and coaching available.


Using “accordion” code

Thanks to Kathleen Boros-Wooley for sharing this tip on how to use accordion code in the CMS. This helps create drop downs within a page….

If you have not used any accordion code on your pages and would like to do so, here is the code. Just copy and paste this into your page and edit the question and answers.

You can see what it looks like here…

$(document).ready(function() {

$(‘.accordionButton’).click(function() {
if($(this).next().is(‘:hidden’) == true) {


$(‘.accordionButton’).mouseover(function() {

}).mouseout(function() {


paragraph text before your accordian

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Block quote code

• Welcome to San Diego State University’s School of Teacher Education
• Making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and families since 1897.

Question post

I’ve created a link at the top of the blog where you can go to post questions. We’ll take them from there and create a post/thread out of them.

Form Generation and Submission

Question: “I  would like to develop some forms that can be submitted on our site. However, there is scarce documentation on this (i.e., a very short segment on the second Dreambox Captivate tutorial).”


Dreambox Enterprise-Class Content Management System Form Generator Module tutorial (rough)


1)      When you click the ‘add module’ link on a page and then choose ‘form generator’ you’re shown the screen below to create your form generator module.  Fill out the fields and click submit to add your form.


2)      Next step is adding individual fields


3)      Different field types are available depending on what sort of data you are trying to capture from users:


4)      Individual field types have specific fields to configure, for example text fields:


5)      Or Radio buttons – where you can configure options presented:


6)      Once the form fields have been added the system will generate the form on the public page:



Toolbox FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions that we’ve also added as a permanent page at the top of the blog:

Q. What do I do when I accidentally create multiple feature sliders?

A. Delete the extra ones.  The trick is, for some reason, only super admins can delete them.

 Q.  How do make PDFs and other documents available for download?

A.  Create a documents page using the TCF template.  Select downloadable documents  module and upload documents using that interface.  Get the urls for the documents on the front-facing documents page.  Important – do not link to secure urls (https).  You have to delete the “s.” See this example:

 Q. How do I make it so photos don’t jam up against text in free text modules?

A.  Make the images PNG files that show transparency and add 5 px or 10 px of blank space to the image to create the desired space between the edge of the image and where the text will begin.  See this example:

 Q. How do I change the space between header links?

A.  Use CSS.

Example: ul.dropdown li a { display: block; padding: 4px 40px; color: #000;}

The 40px refers to the space between links.

 Q. How do I fix TCF template pages that get an error message when other people visit them?

A.  Go to the “Users” for that department and then group permissions and be sure to check “read” for everybody.  It’s not an issue for SPACES template sites, because permissions are inherited.

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