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For general information on how to configure and enable blocks, please visit our Blocks page.

The Announcement module includes two different blocks that can be used to display your announcements. These blocks are actually where the dynamic published and expired activity of the Announcement content type occurs.

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Working with Content - Announcements - Announcement Summary Block

1. Announcement Summary Block

The default Announcement Summary block contains the following elements:

  • Title
    • Links to full Announcement
  • Publishing Date Information
    • Both Authenticated and Anonymous users will see the Published Date
    • Contributors on the site will also see the Expiration Date
  • Summary/Teaser Text
    • This is a short excerpt taken from the Body text of the Announcement
  • RSS Feed Icon
    • Provides your audience with an RSS feed of your site's announcements
Working with Content - Announcements - Announcement Small List Block

2. Announcement Small List Block

The default Announcement Small List block contains the following elements:

  • Title
    • Links to full Announcement
  • Publishing Date Information
    • Both Authenticated and Anonymous users will see the Published Date
    • Contributors on the site will also see the Expiration Date
  • View All Link
    • This is a link to all Announcements, both published and expired
  • RSS Feed
    • Provides your audience with an RSS feed of your site's announcements

Block Configuration

Announcement blocks contain the same default configuration options as all other blocks in an OSU Drupal 7 site.  They do not have any special configurations through their block configuration panels.

The Announcement module, however, has quite a few different configuration options on it's own screen for both blocks. These options include the number of announcements to display, teaser length for the summary block, whether to show a Read More link, etc. For more information please see the Announcement Configuration article.

No Announcements

Unlike most other blocks in OSU Drupal, if there are no published announcements, the Announcement blocks are set up to remain visible with a message that there are currently no announcements. 

This feature is configurable through the Announcement Settings located at Admin menu > Site configuration > Announcement settings.