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The Internet and Web

Symantec Café

Clean Up Your Desktop

Reduce screen clutter by reusing the same source window for all your Java files. Left-click on the filename in the Project window and drag and drop it into the source window you wish to reuse.

Keep Things Neat and Tidy

Organize your desktop by arranging windows and toolbars as you like. Then, choose Environment/Workspace/Save Workspace Set. Once you've saved, go back to the Environment window and choose Environment Settings. Uncheck Save Workspace Set on Exit on the General tab. Every time you start Café, your desktop components will be exactly as you arranged them.


Whenever You Say

Schedule an automatic download time for a Web page by opening the page in your browser, clicking on the Schedule button on the FlashBar in FlashSite and setting the time at which the download should take place.

Superior Scheduling

If you've set a schedule for a download, the Schedule command on the menu will be replaced by Change Schedule. If you selected a download but didn't set a time, you'll see Set Schedule. To modify download and schedule options, right-click on the bookmark and select Properties. The dialog box will contain folders for Download and Schedule.

HTML Transit 2.0

Cut It Out

Here's how to omit sections of source text from a final HTML file. In your word processor file, select the text you wish to omit and assign it a style name such as NOHTML. Once you've converted the text to HTML, go to the Assign Elements/Place Elements property page in HTML Transit. Locate and highlight the element NOHTML, then uncheck the Include in Body box.

Data Danger

If you're processing multiple documents and projects, assign a separate output directory for each project because the program creates default TOC (HTTOC.HTM), index (HTINDEX.HTM) and GIF (MG1.GIF, MG2.GIF, etc.) filenames. If you use the same output directory for each project, your files will continually overwrite themselves and your data will be lost.

It's Not My (De)fault

You can set Transit to automatically use a custom template as the default by renaming your template file as DEFAULT.HMP. You can also open the current DEFAULT.HMP, make any changes and save it.

StarFish Internet Utilities

Come to the Front

Set the Control Center to remain in front by clicking on the Customize button, choosing Control Center, then clicking on the plus symbol. Next, select Arrangement and click on the Position tab. Then check the Always in Front check box.

High Marks for Easy Downloads

QuickMarks lets you create graphical bookmarks for ftp sites as well as Web sites. Select Manage QuickMarks/New QuickMark. Enter Internet as your item type. In the Properties dialog box, enter a title and hotkey for the new QuickMarks button, then click on Change Icon to modify the button's appearance. Click the Internet Site tab and enter the ftp address.


Image Isn't Everything

To increase download efficiency, you can grab only a site's text and ignore its images. Select Preferences, click on the General tab and select Ignore Inline Images.

Change Titles

The titles of Web pages aren't always informative enough to let you index pages offline. After a page has been downloaded, open the Web Manager, click on the URL you wish to change and select Edit/Properties/Change Title.

Day After Day

You can quickly review the changes in a site you're tracking by selecting Tools/View Modified and then indicating how often you want WebWhacker to check the site.

Site Management


Scroll On, Java

Create scrolling text with the Java Scroller component. First, right-click on the text page and choose Open the Library. Double-click on the Java Scroller component, then close the library. Customize the component by double-clicking on the Java Scroller Banner to bring up its designer. Replace the msg1 and msg2 strings with your own message.

More Menus, Please

QuickSite allows only two submenus on your site, but you can use a combination of Hidden Pages and Project Links to create any level of nested subdirectories. If you want to create a third level, make a hidden section in your project, then link it to the second-level menu page. The hidden section becomes your third level of menus.

Rated G for Graphics

DeltaPoint has provided GIF and JPEG viewers that will integrate with QuickSite and allow you to use the View option to display a graphic in the program. The graphic viewer option can be installed from the Preferences menu. Point your browser to http://www.deltapoint.com/qs/qs11007.htm for a choice of three viewer downloads.

My Favorite Things

If you have a specific component or page that you'd like to use in multiple projects, export it to the Library. Position the cursor on the item within the database browser, then select Library/Copy to Library. When the library window pops up, double-click on the position in the library where you'd like to add this component. The next time you visit the library, your new addition will be there.

Change It in a GIF-fy

To change the default navigation GIFs at the bottom of your pages, open and edit the file QS.INI in your QuickSite directory. Find the API section. Depending on how you have QuickSite configured, it should list HomeGif=QS_HOMEN.GIF, MenuGif=QS_MENUN.GIF and a number of other fields. Change the names of the default GIF files to correspond to the ones you want.

Web Analyzer

Paint Your Nails

While in the Wavefront view, you can see thumbnails of all images on a site. Right-click on Wavefront and select Properties. In the Wavefront Properties dialog, click on the Thumbnails option.

Browser Buddy

You can reset Web Analyzer's default browser by just opening the Browser folder and change your selection. Additionally, you can change settings even if the current default browser is running. Web Analyzer will automatically close the first browser and open the new one.

Automatic Analysis

To automatically generate a report after Web Analyzer is done with its crawl through your site, select Tools/Customize then choose the Report option in the Project Properties folder.

Keep Your Site in Suspense

If you don't want an entire site analyzed when creating a project file, you can click on Suspend during the analysis, and save only the parts of the report needed.

Customize Me!

In the File View window, you can click on any heading to sort the list nodes exactly as you want them to appear.


What's the Difference?

If you want to compare two maps of a site, first choose File/Open and load the maps. Select WebMap/Compare and Update. In the dialog box, choose the older map as the Source WebMap and the newer file as the TargetMap. Uncheck all check boxes except the Report on Changed and New Objects in Target WebMap checkbox.

Avoid Massive Maps

When mapping large sites, create several nested maps rather than one large one. First, create detailed maps of specific sections on your site, then create a map only two or three levels deep. This map will act as an easy navigation starting point, and additional details further down will load only when needed.

Hide and Seek

If you've accidentally hidden an object in your map, choose WebMap/Search to restore it. Under Object Type, enter Pages; under Field, enter Hidden; under Modifiers, select Equals; and for Value, scroll down to True. Click on the Search button and a window will appear detailing all hidden objects. Select the object you want to unhide, choose Object/Properties and clear the Hide All Routes option.

No Name? No Problem!

To identify pages with missing titles, choose Search from the WebMap menu. Search the entire map for the object type "pages." Click on Search and then Choose Labels from the View menu. In the Labels dialog box, choose Title as your first choice and Size as your alternate, then choose Apply. As you view the pages in the results window, you'll be able to tell which images are missing page titles (these page labels will display the file size instead of a title).

Scale Down

To search for pages of a specific size or within a size range, select Search from the WebMap menu and use the Load Size field. Enter the appropriate modifiers (greater than, less than and equal to) and the target number in the Value field, then click on Search.

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