HTML/Prepô


This utility allows you to prepare an index to Web sites elements or mount indexes to print publications on a web site.  It is most often used in conjunction with index preparation software, such as CINDEX, Sky Index, or Macrex.  However, the input format is very straightforward to produce so it can be created using Word, WordPerfect, or a text editor.

HTML/Prep is an utility that converts a tagged ASCII file to create HTML pages. HTML/Prep also consists of a CINDEX .STL & .CTG (Windows) files to assist CINDEX users in mapping CINDEX styles into HTML emphasis and other style tags.  However, the tagged ASCII format is easy to produce from other programs such as, Sky Index and Macrex.

The HTML/Prep program converts an alphabetical index into one or more HTML pages.  It allows you to specify the index's heading.  You can provide links as the locators which HTML/Prep will convert to link tags, or you can simply display the locators for an electronic version of a printed index. The tagging in the pages can either be HTML tagging or XHTML tagging. The latter provides more control via CSS to customize the display of the index.

A single index can be split into multiple HTML files, one for each letter or group break.  Letter lists are also generated with links.  They can be placed at the top of the index, the top and bottom, and as a separate page.

A separate document containing just the index's main headings is also produced with links back to the index itself.  This is useful for large indexes to allow browsing of the topics in the index.

You can specify various set of tags that should be used at the top and bottom of files, after each letter, etc.  These allow you to specify font, color, background, place buttons, etc. consistently for each file generated.

You can specify what is clicked on for the link to be the heading level itself, varying text that represents the link, boilerplate text, or even a graphic.

Links from cross references to main headings are also created.

Pop-up "tool tip" boxes can appear to inform the user where in the heading structure the user currently is.

Note: HTML/Prep does not automatically build the hypertext links. It can use these, if present, in the index data to build links. If you are trying to mount a print index to the web, say for a cumulative journal index, then some other processing may be required to add URL information to the locator data in the index. Every web site's architecture varies so what processing needs to be determined for each situation. A custom program may be required (as was the case for the Rochester History & BC Hansard Indexes below) if URLs can be determined algorithmically; or, another LevTech utility Mapper may be necessary to implement a translation table.

Some indexes produced using HTML/Prep and CINDEX:

Of related interest, see the Web Indexing SIG for more general topics and discussions on created indexes to web sites and mounting, on the web, indexes to printed and electronic material.


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