Note: 12/24/2012: This page is out of date and will be updated to reflect the revised website.  Check back for an updated version. This notice will be removed once this page is updated.

The ABTC Websites include this Main Website, the National Specialty Information website, any separate National Specialty website, and the websites of all ABTC Area Clubs.  All of these websites are subject to the same policies.  


There are many contributors to this website.  There efforts and time are greatly appreciated.  A list of contributors and the various types of content that each area contains is available from the downloadable document area under the website documents.  The magnitude of the table quickly illustrates how much dedication goes into maintaining this website by these individuals.  The website committee thanks each of these individual's for their contribution.

It is the goal of the website committee to produce  documents to help contributors understand how to update and provide content for this website.  As they are created they will be available in the downloadable document area under website documents.

Web Basics for Contributors:   

Web pages are comprised of text, pictures, links, etc. that are displayed on a viewer's computer using browser software that reads specifications coded in a computer language called HTML.  Instead of writing the HTML code directly (very tedious), this site uses a content management system "Joomla".  Joomla allows  individuals to create content online (preferred method), upload content such as photos or documents, copy over HTML code rendered by a third party product such as Microsoft word, or create pages directly in an HTML editor if desired.  Joomla abstracts content from the website structure and also separates out the "look and feel" theme of the website.  

Joomla follows a publication model very similar to the one used by newspapers and magazines.  You can think of the entire site as a newspaper with a front page (Welcome).  Each ABTC committee or group that provides web content has a section of the newspaper.  Each section can also have it's own section front page.  This allows for multiple authors of content, multiple editors of content, and multiple publishers of content.   Individuals who provide content for this website act as authors.  The committee chairs are assigned an editor role, and a representative assigned by the board  has the role of publisher for different sections of the newspaper. A  moderate background in computers and the Web is helpful if you are working in any of these roles.  

Joomla also separates out the content creation of the website from the website management tasks.  The "backend" website management tasks are supported by managers, administrators and super administrators.   These dedicated individuals are the ones who keep Joomla and the various plug-ins up and running.  They manage the layout of the website as well as the look and feel.  They add new features as they become available.  They also publish special content such as slideshows, photo galleries, contact information and the online store.

Online Editor

The online editing tools for Joomla are free.  You  can also copy and paste documents from word and perform a one button cleanup provided by the Joomla editor. The ABTC Website has over 100 pages currently, so we would run into a bottleneck if our small Website Committeehad to prepare every change to every page.

It is highly recommended by the website committee that the online editor be used.  The online editor:

  • Allows the content provider to correctly create the pages under their respective areas.
  • Correctly applies all CSS styles, themes and section layouts.
  • Creates photo thumbnails and a slimbox rendering of the larger photo, and automatically links them.
  • Provides automatic linking to other website pages. 
  • Supports file uploads with online space provided to each content provider for photos, files and other items they wish to upload.
  • Supports multimedia flash movie uploads.
  • Provides a predefined template loader supporting formatted templates for awards tables and other html coding setup by the website committee.  This maintains website consistency, and makes the content provider's job simpler.
  • The online editor supports various web styles (H1-H6, paragraph, address, formatted code).  See the examples under formatting.
  • It also includes a rich text editor with bulleted and numbered lists, justification, indentation, cut/copy/paste, font colors, background colers and tables.
  • Undo, redo, search and replace capabilities.
  • A Microsoft word clean-up button to strip out non-standard tags.
A demonstration of the online editor can be provided if requested. 


Don't attempt any fancy formatting or specific fonts because the HTML code will maintain the website look and feel.  The website will support the following CSS styles:

  • Heading 1

  • Heading 2

  • Heading 3

  • Heading 4

  • Heading 5
  • Heading 6
  • Paragraph

  • Address
  • Code Formatted
In additional bullets like the one above and numbered lists are also provided.  Textcolor changes are also available.

Materials, like forms, that must retain their exact format, dimensions, pagination, etc. should be converted to Acrobat pdf format. If you are interested in creating an online form, speak with the Webcoordinator.


Joomla incorporates an online form submission to allow users to send emails directly to ABTC contacts.  This online system does not publish a private email to the web.  This diminishes the amount of "SPAM" ABTC contacts may receive from the ABTC website.  In addition, a CAPTCHA system has been incorporated into the online email system.  This requires non-registered users to enter a visual code so that a computer can not randomly send emails.  Again this is to protect ABTC contacts from "SPAM".  If you are a creator of a web page, please never link to a person's direct email.  Always use the online form to provide links to ABTC contacts.  Please contact a web administrator if you need to add a new contact, or need help with this.


Pictures should be uploaded separately, not embedded in another document.  Each web committee contributor is assigned a storage directory for their photos to permit easy access.  They should be in jpeg format and  their dimensions less than 480 pixels high by 600 pixels wide. There is a limit to the size of photos that may be uploaded.  If you need to exceed that limit, please contact a web administrator.Browsers ignore other units of measure and density.  There is a photo guideline document available for download in the website document area. Also, get written permission from the photographer to publish all pictures.  A copyright permission form is also provided in the downloadable documents. Please contact a web administrator If you need to exceed that limit, or need a lot of photos uploaded at one time.  Both of these requests can be accommodated.

Uploading photos

To upload a photo, you'll need to launch the editor for the page.    Once you're in edit mode,  click on  the image button in the toolbar.  The image button is the 3rd from the left in the 2nd row of the toolbar (it has a teensy mountain sunset on it).  This will launch the insert/edit image dialog. 
The first thing that you want to do is to tell the image editor where you want to put the photo on the website's server by setting the target directory (at the very top) to the appropriate category's awards section (e.g. herding/HerdingAwards).  You can either use the dropdown list, or interact with the scrolling list of directories to navigate to the right and navigate to your directory (i.e. click on herding, then double click on HerdingAwards).  Each committee has been given a directory on the web server.  The pictures for the activity's main page are  found in the root directory (e.g. herding), and the pictures for the awards lists can be found in the xxxxAwards  subdirectory (e.g HerdingAwards).  If you can't locate the appropriate directory, you can either set  one up via the image editor, or you can contact the website committee and we can set one up for you.  Adherence to this structure isn't mandatory, but it is highly recommended so that we can keep things organized in a consistent manner through the website,

Once the target directory is set, you'll need to specify the picture that you want to upload (found at the bottom of the image editor in the Upload image section).  You can either type in the path (directory location) of the photo on your computer, or use the Browse button to navigate to where you store the photo.  Once the target and source are set, click on the upload button to upload the photo to website.


Adding photos to the award lists (Top 10)

To add a photo to the a Top 10 list, see the instructions for uploading photos to the website.  After the photo has been uploaded, you'll need to launch the editor for the list and click in the Picture column of the table next to the dog's name.  This defines where the picture will be placed.  Then click on the image button (the teensy mountain sunset in the second row of the toolbar),  navigate to the your xxxAwards image directory ( e.g.herding\HerdingAwards) and select the photo you want by clicking on it. 

The photo will be embedded in the table in its original size, so you'll want to resize it.  The image editor allows you to easily  control the size of the image There are two default sizes used on the website:

a) For a regular article:  Set the image dimension Height to 150px.  The width is automatically adjusted.
b) For the award tables:  Set the image dimension Height to 45px.  The width is automatically adjusted.
These sizes are set only for the editor, but they are close to what will be displayed on the website.
To set a caption for the  photo caption, add text to the Title/Tooltip box and/or the Alt. Text box.  This will show the caption when the photo pops-up, and when people mouse (hover) over the photo. The caption should be set to the dog's name and titles. 
The alignment of the photo with surrounding text can be set using the Alignment (HTML) drop down box.  The photo can be aligned to the left, right, top, middle or bottom of the text.  This allows the content provider to not have to use tables to align photos.

If you need to adjust captions, size, etc. at any point after it has been added to a page, just click on the photo to select it, and launch the image editor.


Files should be uploaded separately, not embedded in another document.  Each web committee contributor is assigned a storage directory for their files to permit easy access.  Many file formats are available.  If the file format you desire to upload is note available, please contact a web administrator.  We may be able to add that file format for you. There is a limit to the size of files that may be uploaded. Please contact a web administrator If you need to exceed that limit, or need a lot of files uploaded at one time.  Both of these requests can be accommodated.

For lists of awards or achievements  :   

We ask contributors who compile and provide lists of awards or achievements to please provide us their contributions using the online Joomla templates.These are available within the online editor (Code Snippets), and when used online pictures can be incorporated right into the tables.  Contact a web administrator if you are a contributor and need to have an online account setup for you.  We have also provided these as offline HTML documents if you prefer to use an offline HTML editor.  If the offline template form is used, please contact a web administrator, and they can  explain how to upload straight HTML documents, and also link pictures if desired.  The offline HTML templates are available on the downloadable web document section of this website.

Linking to other sites:    


If you want to incorporate materials from other websites, we can link to it.  Do not copy materials from the other source and send them.  That would violate copyrights unless you get written permission.    We generally do not link to member's personal sites unless they provide special, general interest content, and fully comply with TNT disclosure requirements. 


The Webcoordinatorholds editorial privilege so as to keep a consistent look to the Website and to enforce ABTC policies.  We have written standards that apply to what and how we put things on the Web. This website policy is available via the website download area under website documents. .  Please do not take offense if we change something.  We will show it to you first if it is not a trivial change.

National Specialty Websites:  

Each National Specialty Committee is entirely in charge of their web site, but must operate it in accordance with the ABTC Website Policy.  The ABTC Website Committee is available to advise and help in several ways, but actual design and development is the job of the Specialty Committee.

The policy to provide a National Specialty hosting site is under review.  The ABTC has provided this resource for convenience in the past, but most Specialty webmasters already operate their own host server and find it more convenient to stay on their own system with simply a link from the ABTC sites.  It is requested that an archive copy of a national specialty website be provided to the ABTC club after the event so that it can be historically maintained on the past specialty page.

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