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