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This checklist is for Knowledge Editors to use when approving internal articles in TDX and when publishing public articles to the IT site.
It is important to understand image copyright when using images in your knowledge activities.
Understand how TDX knowledge base articles are displayed and linked on the Technology Help (IT) website.
When you need to use a table in a knowledge base article, follow these guidelines and formatting instructions to make the content accessible to all users. This article covers:
Alternative text, or "alt text", provides a text equivalent for images, charts, graphs, and more. This article discusses how to add Alternative Text in TeamDynamix (TDX) Knowledge Base articles.
Including images in a knowledge base article can help users accomplish their tasks more quickly.
You can provide technical information not meant for a public audience using Knowledge Internal Notes for articles published to it.umn.edu.
Addressing feedback in a timely fashion is an essential part of keeping our knowledge resources up to date. 
Any technician in TDX can create a new Knowledge Base article and submit it for approval by an editor. 
When an article has reached the end of its useful life, it should be archived. 
The lifecycle of a Knowledge Base article begins with a Not Submitted article and progresses through when an article is archived.
Every knowledge article should have a category assigned to it that represents the Technology, Service, or Business Process that the article addresses.
When you create a ticket, you will need to associate the Knowledge Base article you used to resolve the ticket. 
When you create a Knowledge Base article, you will be identified as the Owner.
Before archiving a knowledge base article you need to check for other TDX articles that link to it and either remove those links or update them to avoid breaking those links.
This article covers creating links to other pages external to the article.
When resolving a ticket, you should identify the knowledge you used to resolve the issue.
If you are a technician in TDX, you can draft a new Knowledge Base article.
TDX allows you to edit an existing article and then save your changes as a Draft. The Draft version won't be visible to others until you Approve This Revision it.
Images can make it easier to follow instructions in a KB article. The most effective images do one of the following:
Before inserting images into your knowledge base article it's important to crop, resize them, and add any highlights if necessary.
This is a quick translation sheet to orient you to TDX knowledge terms.  Owner Articles should be owned by a Group (formerly Assignment Group).
You can use Google Docs to draft knowledge. Drafting in Google Docs allows you to use the collaboration features to get feedback from your colleagues. 
To edit an article, you first have to create a draft revision.
Technicians can edit an article owned by them or by their Group until it has been submitted for approval. Once submitted only those people with an editor role will be able to edit your article.
You can embed a video from Kaltura or YouTube into a knowledge base article to help your audience better understand the instructions in the article.
The Knowledge Base is the primary source for how-to content vetted by the IT community. Knowledge is managed by the Owner.  Expectations by Job Role
All nested numbered lists in TDX default to Arabic numerals. Sub numbered lists should be formatted as lower-alpha and then lower-roman for clarity. 
Anyone with a technician role in TDX can leave Feedback on an article and can see all the Feedback left on any article. Feedback helps us keep our Knowledge Base up to date and relevant.
Properly formed subjects greatly help with both searching and identifying which article to use.  Writing Article Titles Follow these guidelines to better help users find your article:
You can make an anchor link or in-page link (sometimes called a jump link) by associating an anchor with selected text on a page, and then linking it to another location on the same page.
Alternative text, or "alt text", provides a text equivalent for images, charts, graphs, and more. Some of its benefits include:
Global Knowledge Editors can publish any article, regardless of ownership, to the Technology Help website.
You can use a variety of editors to create a knowledge base article.
It is the responsibility of every OIT support professional to contribute to our knowledge ecosystem. Effective contribution requires collaboration, both within your team and with others.
Before creating a new knowledge article, it is important to search for existing resources.
All technicians can view all Knowledge Base articles regardless of an article's status or ownership.  In this article:
You can help our users help themselves by providing them with links to knowledge articles published to the Technology Help website or wherever your department publishes
Anyone can create a new Knowledge Base article and submit it for approval by an editor.  Before someone submits an article, they should have reviewed it for technical accuracy first. 
Sometimes a knowledge article needs to be removed from the Technology Help website but still needs to be active in TDX. For instance:
Lists can be used to better organize an article and make it easier to scan.
Creating a new knowledge base article may involve writing something completely from scratch or curating an existing resource.
Use headings to identify the topics and subtopics of your article. Headings have several functions:

Self-Help Guides

This self-help guide is for users who create or edit knowledge in TeamDynamix.