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How it works

The system uses Crawl Page Templates to create the Emergency Alert Crawl messages. The Crawl Page Template specifies how the Emergency Message text will appear when it is displayed. This includes things like Typeface, Text Size, Text Color, Background Color, and Edges. Any attribute that can be assigned to a character in the Title Composer can be assigned to the Emergency Message Text. See the Title Composer Manual for more information.

There is one Crawl Template that is designated as the "Default" Crawl Template. All Emergency Alert Messages will use this Default Template unless the Alert Type has a different Crawl Template assigned to it. The Emergency Alert Control Tab Window (shown below) is used to assign Crawl Template Pages to each Type of Emergency Alert.

Emergency Alert CG Controls

Emergency Alert CG Controls


This window is divided into 5 sections. These are:
  1. Alert Types
  2. Default Crawl Template Assignment
  3. Manual Alert Controls
  4. Crawl Template Assignment List
  5. Crawl Template Catalog

Alert Types

Alert Types Image

Alert Types

Use the Alert Type Section (shown below) to select which type of alerts that you want to appear using a Crawl Page Template other than the Default one. When you check an Alert Type in this window it will appear in the Crawl Template Assignment List on the right side of the screen. The Alert will initially be assigned the Default Crawl Template Page for the type of alert. To use a different Crawl Template, Drag the one you want from the "Crawl Template Catalog and drop it onto the Assignment List. The Alert Type entry that it was dropped onto will be assigned the new Template. Unchecking the Alert Type will remove it from the Crawl Template Assignment List.

Default Crawl Template

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Default Crawl Template

This window shows the Default Crawl Template. This is the Template that will be used when an Alert is received that does not have a template assigned to it.

Manual Alerts

Manual Alert Controls

Manual Alerts

Emergency Messages can also be triggered manually. When this is done the Message will be crawled using the Template specified in the "Manual Alerts" section.

To display a manual alert, enter the text in the "Text To Crawl" window and press the "Start Crawl" button. This will make the specified text appear as a Crawl Message using the selected Crawl Template. This crawl will continue to repeat until you press either the "End Alert" or "Abort Crawl" button. Pressing the "Abort Crawl" button will end the crawl immediately. Pressing "End Alert" will end the crawl after it has finished displaying.

You can create a Manual Alert using the text from a text file. To do this, press the "Browse for Text File" button. Find and select the text file that contains the text that you want to crawl, and press the "Start Crawl" button.

Crawl Template Assignment List

Crawl Template Assignment List

Crawl Template Assignment List

The Emergency Message Tab of the Emergency Alert CG is used to assign Crawl Template Pages to each type of Alert.

When an Alert is checked in the Alert Type window, it will appear in this list. The Alert will initially be assigned the Default Crawl Template Page based on the type of alert. To use a different Crawl Template, Drag the desired template from the "Crawl Template Catalog and drop it onto the Alert Entry that you want to replace.

Crawl Template Catalog

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Template Catalog

The Crawl Template Catalog displays all of the Crawl Template Pages in the “Emergency Alert Crawls” project.

To assign a Crawl Template Page to either the Default Template, Manual Template, or one of the Alert Types in the Crawl Assignment List, move the mouse to the desired Template in the Catalog, press and hold down the left mouse button, then drag the selected Template to where you want to use it.

We even have a free Fully Functional Evaluation Copy of the software for you to download.