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CommonSpot basic training is required for anyone who needs editing access to university websites, with the exception of faculty and instructional staff, who already have editing access to their own faculty profile webpages.
Registration is required for CommonSpot training. Upcoming sessions are below; we will accommodate your schedule if need be (please identify times and days that work for you when you complete the registration form).
All open labs are in 324 Millennium Hall unless otherwise noted; trainings are in Millennium Hall but the room may vary.
Most browsers have one or more issues with CommonSpot. Following are issues that have been reported along with the workaround if available.
In Chrome, you must to install PaperThin's Chrome Extension in order to use "Cut", "Copy" or "Paste" features through Rich Text Editor's toolbar buttons. To do this, open the Extensions page by clicking the far right icon next to the address bar in the browser (it says "Customize and control Google Chrome" on hover), then Tools > Extensions. Click the "Get more extensions" link and search for cs_paste_extension, then click the Add To Chrome button. After you install this extension, you need to restart your Chrome browser. When pasting in the text block, use the paste from clipboard icon instead of Ctrl-V to paste.
The latest version of Firefox that is fully supported by CommonSpot is Firefox 17 ESR (Extended Support Release). Later versions may not allow you to save and submit changes in a Formatted Text Block and you may encounter other problems. If you are using an unsupported version, you can choose another supported browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, or you can revert to an earlier version of Firefox. The steps to revert are:
IE11 does work with CommonSpot in the default setup. To correct this, press F12. This should open a panel at the bottom of your browser window with a black bar on the left. Use the small arrow under the icons to scroll to the bottom of the list and click on the last icon, Emulation. In the Document mode drop-down, select 10 or lower; CommonSpot will not work in Edge mode. You should then be able to close the panel and login to CommonSpot.
You may experience trouble with your text disappearing in a Formatted Text Block element when working in Internet Explorer. If this happens, find the Maximize/Restore Down icon in the upper right corner next to the X. Maximizing the Formatted Text Block dialog should bring your text back when it disappears. You may occasionally have to switch this back and forth between Maximize and Restore Down.
We have also seen problems when trying to work with tables in some versions of IE. The only recommendation here is to use another browser if you encounter this issue;
Rules and Specifications
Go to https://cmsauth.uwstout.edu/your-site-name/login.cfm. Enter your UW-Stout username and password. We suggest you set a bookmark for your login screen.
We are currently on CommonSpot 8.0.2 which supports any of the following browser versions for authoring content:
* ESR (Extended Support Release) must be downloaded from http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all.html
** Limited Copy, Cut, Paste - more info