HTML Assistant is a simple tool assisting you in writing reports or
generate primary resources for compiled help manuals in HTML format. It may also
help those who want to learn writing HTML and want to see and understand what
they are doing. Just keep in mind that HTML Assistant is not a fancy commercial
product. It is just a tool, i.e., something really helping you do specific
(sometimes boring) tasks. The content of this article was written using HTML
Using HTML Assistant
So, time to start! Have your regular seat in front of your computer screen
and start the Assistant. You should see the application display shown above.
Depending on the fact that you are working on a previously generated HTML
document or you intent to create a new one, click the "Load" or "Create" button
respectively. The Assistant will ask you for the HTML target file.
Choose now a title for your document. This one will appear in the title bar
of the browser each time your HTML document is opened. Write it in the "Document
title" edit control and click the "Write title" button.
The assistant opens in your browser the document you are working on, so that
you see at any time the results of your actions. Resize the browser window and
place it and the Assistent on your computer screen the way you consider more
convenient to you.
Normally, you should continue with a chapter title or something like that
when creating your document. This is a heading in the HTML terminology. Write
the text you need inside the "header" edit control and click on one of the three
"H" buttons to select a size for your heading.
You will see immediately the effect in the browser window.
The assistant offers you also the possibility to see your generated HTML
code, allowing for modifications or improvements (remember, the Assistant is
only assisting you in doing your work).
Whenever you feel you need to see the code, click the "Open script" button.
Close the code window when you finish with the checking, modifications, or
improvements. The Assistant automatically updates what you are seeing in your
Mainly, HTML Assistant supports you in writing text, placing images, writing
simple lists, and constructing tables containing the information you want to
show. Click the "New line" and "Paragraph" buttons whenever you want to start a
new line or paragraph respectively. Then write the desired text inside the
multi-line "Text" edit control. By pressing the [ENTER] key while writing the
text will have no effect to the way the HTML document shows up in the browser.
It affects only the way the text is written in the code file.
Click the "Write text" button when you are ready. The browser windows updates
To place an image, click the "Put image" button and select the desired image
file through the pop-up dialog interface.
In our example, the "" file was chosen and the result can be seen in the
Sometimes, you need to show a list of items or descriptions. Use the "Begin /
End list" functionality of the Assistant:
- click the "Begin list" button;
- click the "o" button;
- write the item text;
- click the "Write text" button;
- repeat the "o" - text - "Write text" sequence as long as you need;
- click the "End list" button when you decide to close the list.
A good, structured way to present information is based on tables. Inside the
tables, you can place text, lists or images the same way we have seen before. To
do this, begin a table, then begin a row, and then begin writing your data:
Each stage of table creation is signaled with a green icon on the application
Your data will be text, lists, or images placed according to your needs. Each
time you decide to go to the next column, click the "End" button within the
"Data" block and then "Begin" for new data, or "End" within the "Row" block to
go to the next line. A click on the "End" button within the "Table" block will
end the table creation. The Assistant does not support nested tables. Should you
need nested tables, create them as simple tables, open the script, and "copy /
paste" the tables one into each other. Here is an example of using the "Table"
feature of HTML Assistant:
To change some characteristics of your table, open the script and insert the
A final remark: you may use the HTML tags when writing text inside the
multi-line "Text" control.
When you are finished with putting the information you need inside the HTML
page, end your script by clicking the "End script" button. This action writes
the appropriate ending code to your code file.
- Created: Nov 24 2004
- Added source: Nov 26 2004
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