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The directories and files are on the same page as the editor - making file handling a cinch!

The side menu

The side bar is where we do our file management. The top drop-down selects the drive we wish to use.side menu

The second box contains the directories for the drive selected above. Double click on the directories to select them and navigate through them. The files in the directory are shown in the next box, headed appropriately, 'Files'.

To load a file in the editor, double-click on it. To select another file for reference, you can choose another directory by double-clicking in the box above, or choose one in the current directory.

The type of file displayed in this file box is determined by your choice in the drop-down menu below called 'File Types'. The default is HTML files. Other choices include CSS files and JS files.

The Relative Path (and filename) is the path to the 'reference file' - the one you clicked - to the current file. This is very important in HTML and in JavaScript when making links between files. After loading a file, and before you select another file, this box will contain the absolute address of the file. (There is no relative path before you select another file!)

The last box but one, which is unlabelled, contains the title of the selected file (if it has one). This information is used to create default links when you have not selected a file description, making creating links and options more understandable.

Finally, there is a help message box which contains enough information about the area the mouse is over.

At the bottom of the page is a status bar which contains the row and column numbers of the cursor position. This is very useful when finding JavaScript errors reported by the browser.

The row number reported by the browser may not be accurate, however, and these values will therefore be an indicated of roughly where the error is. If you bother to count the lines, you will discover that the values in the editor are correct, so I'll leave it up to you to decide on the browser's honesty. Usually, however, they do agree! You will use this information on line and column numbers to find the area of the script where the error occurs.

At the bottom of the side bar is a place for help messages. Move your mouse around the editor or over the menus, and you will see a help message appear (where appropriate).


The editor has three popup menus depending on the mode selected. We will only concern ourselves with the HTML and JavaScript Modes here, because the standard menu, is, well, standard (cut, copy, find, etc)!

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