Feature Friday Replay: How to Use the Structured List Block on Dirigible
Step 1: Inserting the Structured List Block
Start by typing “/” in your Dirigible workspace. From the dropdown menu that appears, select “Structured List.” The structured list parent block is automatically populated with list cards to help you get started. You can freely add or remove these cards as per your needs.
Step 2: Using List Cards
Each list card comes with a headline and a description. These fields are editable. For instance, you can specify the title and a brief description of the items you’re planning to list. Don’t worry if you’re uncertain about what to list at first. The process is flexible and allows for changes as you go along.
Step 3: Customizing the Parent Structured List
Once you’ve set up your list cards, navigate to the settings of the parent structured list. Here you can adjust the style of your list cards, choosing from options like outline cards, compact, separator, primary, and naked. My personal favorite is the primary style, as it adds a branded color touch on the side of your cards, enhancing the visual appeal.
The headline style of each card can also be changed here. While it’s unlikely you’ll use H1s in this context, the option is there should you need it. The structured data that underlies these headings makes them friendly for search engines like Google.
You can also adjust your description text size, icon size, and runner size according to your preference and the amount of information you wish to display.
Step 4: Defining the List Card Style
Each list card can have a default, numbered, icon, or runner style.
- Numbered Style: As the name implies, this style adds numbers to your list. If you add another block and set it to a numbered style, it’ll be the next number in your list.
- Icon Style: This allows you to select an icon to display on the card. If the icon looks squished, you can adjust the icon size from the parent structured list settings.
- Runner Style: This style allows you to specify any character or string as the marker for your list item. You can even use basic HTML here for things like italics or specific dates.
Each card’s style can be set individually, offering a high level of customization
Step 5: Grid Layout
The grid layout setting in the parent structured list settings allows you to place your structured list cards into a grid format. You can specify the number of columns as needed, but be cautious not to overcrowd the cards with information.
The order of the cards in the grid can be adjusted using the arrow buttons, or by dragging and dropping them to your preferred location. This feature also works in the list view.
This covers the primary functionalities of the structured list block in Dirigible. Remember, there are multiple ways to achieve the same goal, so feel free to experiment and find out what works best for your needs.
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