Edits to StoryMap JSON using Online Assistant not appearing

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01-11-2022 04:55 AM
KatieSelf
New Contributor III

Hi,

I'm currently trying to use ArcGIS Online Assistant to make some edits to a StoryMap. My original plan was to create image hyperlinks, following the guidance in this article, as I couldn't find another way to do this in StoryMaps directly.

The problem is that the edits don't come through to my hosted/published StoryMap. I decided to simply for testing and switched to just editing a text string in a test StoryMap, but the changes don't appear when I view the item. What's weird is that the edits do come through when I switch to the new beta ArcGIS Assisstant - so the JSON edits are clearly being saved. Furthermore when I made edits to the 'Description' section rather than the 'Data' section, these edits come through in ArcGIS Online.

Any ideas what might be causing this and how to fix it?

Included a screenshot showing the text not coming across to the StoryMap.

 

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OwenGeo
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Hi @KatieSelf!  That is an old article that applies to Cascade, one of the classic Esri Story Map templates, but your screenshot shows that you are using ArcGIS StoryMaps. Please note that editing the story data to add HTML is not supported in ArcGIS StoryMaps and may break your story.

Editing a text string in the story data using a tool like ArcGIS Assistant may work, but this is also not supported.

Since ArcGIS StoryMaps has draft and published versions of your story, you can easily get in a situation where you accidentally overwrite changes made outside the builder. Also, by editing a story outside the builder you are not following the expected publish workflow. This is likely why you are only sometimes seeing your text changes. Published stories are optimized for delivery by caching them on the web. Without republishing a story from builder the cache isn't getting updated, so you may not immediately see edits made outside builder.

For now, the recommended way to add "better" links (not just a text hyperlink) to a story is to use the Embed option and choose to show your embed as a card. Cards are nice looking links with a thumbnail, title, and description (screenshot below). In some cases, adding a hyperlink to some text in an image caption can also work well.

If there are features that you would like to see added to ArcGIS StoryMaps, please post or vote for your ideas on the ideas board so we can consider them for future releases!

Screen Shot 2022-01-11 at 8.39.51 AM.jpg

Owen Evans
Lead Product Engineer | StoryMaps

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OwenGeo
Esri Notable Contributor

Hi @KatieSelf!  That is an old article that applies to Cascade, one of the classic Esri Story Map templates, but your screenshot shows that you are using ArcGIS StoryMaps. Please note that editing the story data to add HTML is not supported in ArcGIS StoryMaps and may break your story.

Editing a text string in the story data using a tool like ArcGIS Assistant may work, but this is also not supported.

Since ArcGIS StoryMaps has draft and published versions of your story, you can easily get in a situation where you accidentally overwrite changes made outside the builder. Also, by editing a story outside the builder you are not following the expected publish workflow. This is likely why you are only sometimes seeing your text changes. Published stories are optimized for delivery by caching them on the web. Without republishing a story from builder the cache isn't getting updated, so you may not immediately see edits made outside builder.

For now, the recommended way to add "better" links (not just a text hyperlink) to a story is to use the Embed option and choose to show your embed as a card. Cards are nice looking links with a thumbnail, title, and description (screenshot below). In some cases, adding a hyperlink to some text in an image caption can also work well.

If there are features that you would like to see added to ArcGIS StoryMaps, please post or vote for your ideas on the ideas board so we can consider them for future releases!

Screen Shot 2022-01-11 at 8.39.51 AM.jpg

Owen Evans
Lead Product Engineer | StoryMaps
KatieSelf
New Contributor III

Hi Owen,

Thanks for the info - glad I made a test one and didn't break anything messing with the JSON! Will test out some of the features you suggested instead to get the images in as links.

Cheers,

Katie