Content types are used in combination with templates, they act as categories. For instance you might have "Etymology", "Diagnosis", and "Remarks" content types and a "Description" template which groups them. They can also be informal working notes sections, or any other category of text that you want to record for an OTU. They can be used in as many different templates as you want.
Custom (text) content types
Create a new content type by clicking "new" in the link. They are listed along with any of the built in content types that have been used here (in the image below see "foo text content").
Built in content types
Mx provides a (quickly growing) number of built in content types. Content for these content types is automatically generated/summarized from data attached to an OTU. Obvious examples include material examined sections in the form of maps or KML based data. At present the following built in content types exist:
- PublicImages - All the images attached to this OTU that are checked as public.
- Google map - A Google map. Includes all specimens with the current determination of the given OTU.
- Specimen content - A specimen table. Includes all specimens with the current determination of the given OTU.
- Material examined - A formatted material examined section as one would use for publication. Specimens only.
- Taxon name header - A header including the taxon/OTU name and author year.
- Taxon name synonyms - Synonynm for the taxonomic name attached the present OTU.
- Referenced distribution - A summary of the distribution of this OTU as tied to published references (not directly through specimen records).
- Taxonomic history header - A header including the taxonic history for the taxonomic name attached to this OTU.
- Tags on this OTU - A report of the tags on this OTU, organized by keyword
Linking content types to matrix data
Content types are also the mechanism whereby matrix based data can be tied into the content-template/content type system. Create a content type representing the section which will contain your matrix-based data. Then create a character group, and populate it with the characters that you want to see in that section. For that character group select the content type you just created, this links a group of characters to a content type (section in your template). See also the character group help.