â€œThat crux of it is that it makes it safe to drop a document into WordPress and be certain that it wonâ€™t be broken,â€ said Amico, of the plugin he authored as an application developer for NPRâ€™s StateImpact project.
Users can post their document using a DocumentCloud button on the postâ€™s toolbar in Visual mode, or a shortcode in HTML mode.
The plugin also allows users to configure the width and height of the document viewer in an administrative panel in the Settings menu. The â€œFull-widthâ€ option is designed to make the document viewer as wide as the post content.
â€œWe wanted to give reporters the ability to make a post that is basically just the document,â€ Amico said.
The plugin is available on GitHub and the Project Argo site. StateImpact is a spinoff project of Project Argo, which are both run by NPR. Amico said he wanted to help bloggers use DocumentCloud because he used it as a reporter for PBS NewsHour. â€œAt some point, my plan is to put it into WordPressâ€™s plugin directory,â€ Amico said.
Samantha Sunne volunteers with DocumentCloud at its hub in Columbia, Missouri. She studies investigative and multimedia reporting at the University of Missouri.