Blocks are organised into columns by you.
PDFs organise blocks into columns automatically.
Try to keep the columns roughly even in length - it makes the cheat sheets easier to use online.
Plain Text Block
This is an example of a plain text block, filled with example content. Text in these blocks is added as-is, including
// This is a code block.
// It preserves indentation and
// uses a monospaced font.
One Column Block
This is a one-column block.
It's useful for listing long items.
It can also be useful for sequences of steps or commands in programming cheat sheets or recipes.
Rows have alternating background colours to make the cheat sheet easier to read.
Two Column Block
Key / Value Pairs
Lists of small items
If you have an item in column 1 but not column 2, it will span both columns.
Three Column Block
These blocks are great for saving space when using lists of small items.
Also, this is the first example of a "content note", which appears under a content block.
Four Column Block
Much like the three column block, the four column block is handy for saving space when using lists of small items.
Question and Answer Block
What is this?
A Q&A block displays each question with the answer indented underneath.
When is it useful?
It's great for question and answer content!
Bar Chart Block
The bar chart block takes labels and numbers and generates a chart like the above.
Use tags - they help people find your cheat sheet!
Pick a dark colour - it makes your cheat sheet easier to read.
Write a good description so people know what's on your cheat sheet.
Tell people about it when you're finished!
The image block is just an image, displayed in a block. In the live version of a cheat sheet (not the PDF) you can click on an image for full size.
Video can be pulled in from YouTube or Vimeo, and will be shown on the website but not on the PDFs.
Live Content Block
A "live content" block pulls its content from a URL, in a specific format. It's great for anything that changes regularly, like live statistics, up-to-the-minute sports results and tables, stock and share prices, TV schedules and even traffic and weather reports.
Borders and Alignment
Align text centrally
Align text right
Add border at bottom
Add border on right
Add border on left
Add border at top
Inline Code (
Sometimes you want to use a "*" or "^" in your content. Add a backslash before those characters (as an escape character) to tell Cheatography to treat them as normal text instead of special formatting characters, like this: \* \^
Breaks and Spacing
Insert non-breaking space
Do not insert shy hyphens
Do not break long lines (only in list blocks)
Do not format text
Popup URL provided
Link to URL provided
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Before that, only you can see it, unless you share the "preview" URL.
Newly published cheat sheets are prominent on Cheatography, so make the most of publishing and wait until you're happy with the cheat sheet!
You can still edit a cheat sheet after you've published it.
You can't unpublish a cheat sheet once it's been published.
Cheatography supports all languages, as best we can manage.
This means that the web versions of cheat sheets support all of the languages we've seen so far, including Chinese and Japanese.
We're working on right-to-left language support.
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Superb. A great guide, likely to be useful to anyone interested in the topic. Probably well presented, at least a page long, and uses tags.
A good cheat sheet, with lots of useful information. Worth printing out a copy!
A decent cheat sheet, but missing some useful information. A useful reference, but could do with some improvement.
Room for improvement - probably not useful yet, but has potential with some more work.
A poor cheat sheet, likely accidentally published too soon, doesn't have much useful content, contains abuse, or with other serious problems.
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