The EventAggregatorNewEvent action provides support for creating new events more conveniently than manually editing an event page based on a template. The action can be selected from the actions menu on any page, or it can be invoked by selecting a day number in an EventAggregator calendar view.
Upon invoking the action, a form will be displayed requesting values for the following items:
- The title or summary of the event; this will be used as the page name.
- The start date of the event.
- A description of the event (optional).
- The location of the event (optional).
- A canonical URL for the event (optional).
Additional controls are available through a number of buttons:
Specify end date exposes a field for the end date of the event (if different from the start date).
Specify times exposes fields for the start and end times of the event.
Specify location exposes a field which links time information to a time "regime" observed in a particular place.
Specify UTC offsets exposes fields which allow times to be associated with particular time zones.
Add topic permits topic information to be specified.
Show advanced options permits advanced options to be inspected and changed.
When the form is submitted, a new page will be created and the supplied details inserted into the appropriate locations in the page. The new page will then be opened for further editing.
If a page already exists with a name identical to that provided as the event title, the form will prompt for an alternative title. If no end date is provided, the start and end dates will be identical in the newly created page.
If no changes are made to the new page during editing and the editing process is cancelled, the new page will still exist. Event pages created in error should therefore be deleted manually.
Categories and Templates
To manually select categories and templates, select the Show advanced options button in the form.
If the action has been invoked by following a link from a calendar, then the default categories assigned to a new event are derived from those used to present events in the calendar. Otherwise, no categories are selected by default for a new event.
New event pages are derived from a particular template page. If the action has been invoked by a link provided by a calendar, the template parameter of the EventAggregator macro may specify the default template page for the new event. If no such parameter was used for the calendar, or if no calendar was involved (such as when the action is invoked from the editing menu), the EventTemplate page is chosen to be the default template page for the event.
A technical note: this underlying default setting (the use of EventTemplate) can be changed by setting or editing the event_aggregator_new_event_template configuration setting for the Wiki.
To manually select the parent page, select the Show advanced options button in the form.
An event may be assigned a parent page, resulting in the event page being created as a sub-page of this parent page. For a collection of events, a parent page acts as a common container for all the event pages in the collection. For example, a parent page called Appointments could be defined for the events Summer Party and Winter Party with the pages for the events being created as Appointments/Summer Party and Appointments/Winter Party. In the calendar, these events would not include Appointments in their names by default. See the related guide to these options for more information.
If the action has been invoked by a link provided by a calendar, the parent parameter of the EventAggregator macro may specify the default parent page for the new event. If no such parameter was used for the calendar, or if no calendar was involved (such as when the action is invoked from the editing menu), no parent page is chosen.
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