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Running pop!siteTM with Shell Integration

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pop!talk file types
Edit the pop!talk file
Convert to HTML
Preview in Browser
pop!site In Action
See Also


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Overview

The following sections describe the pop!site commands which you can use if you are using Windows 95 or NT 4.0. These platforms offer a document-centered desktop into which pop!site has been smoothly integrated. Windows NT 3.5 users must use pop!site's command line interface to run the product. Please see the section on Command Line Operation for more details.

The pop!site Installation program adds pop!site-specific commands to the right mouse shortcut menu for static pop!talkTM documents. To invoke these commands, select a static pop!talk file with the right mouse button. The three commands are:

  • Edit

    This command opens the pop!talk file in your text editor.

  • Preview in Browser

    This command will allow you to quickly view the processed pop!talk file using your Web Page Browser. You must have your Browser running prior to invoking this command.

  • Convert to HTML

    This command will convert the pop!talk file into a HTML file. If the conversion is successful, then an HTML file is generated and added to the same folder where this command was invoked. If an HTML file with the same filename already exists in the folder, then the newly generated HTML file will overwrite the old one. If error occurs during the conversion, a pop!talk error file is generated and the errors are displayed.

pop!talk file types

pop!talk files fall into the following categories:

Static pages .pt extension These are the source files for creating static pop!talk documents. In static pages, pop!site converts the .pt files into HTML files which you can then place on the server and browse. See Static Pages versus Server Pages for more details.
Server pages .ptx extension These are the files for creating server-side pop!talk documents. When running on the server, pop!site translates the pop!talk documents on the fly as they are being requested. See Server Pages for more details.
Include files .pti extension These are the includes you can use within your pop!talk documents. See Using Include Files for more details.
Error files .pte extension These are the output files which contain the pop!talk error messages when you build static pages with pop!site. See Errors in pop!talk for more details.

Edit the pop!talk file

The Edit command opens the pop!talk file in an editor. The editor is selected during installation and defaults to the editor which is associated with the .txt file type. For example, if you use Notepad.exe to open your .txt files, then pop!site will assign Notepad.exe as the program to Edit pop!talk files.

If you wish to change the association of the pop!talk files, please refer to the Windows system documentation.

Convert to HTML

Select a static pop!talk document with the right mouse button and invoke "Convert to HTML." pop!site will convert the pop!talk to HTML, storing the result in the same folder as the document being converted. Existing HTML files with the same name will be overwritten.

If an error occurs during the conversion process, a pop!talk error file (.pte) is generated 1 . pop!site then allows you to view these errors using a text editor.

Preview in Browser

Select a static pop!talk document with the right mouse button and invoke "Preview in Browser." pop!site will convert the pop!talk to HTML aand save the results in a temporary file. Then, if your browser is running (and it supports DDE manipulation commands), your browser will display the converted HTML.

pop!site In Action

When pop!site is started using the shell, the pop!site icon is added to the Windows Taskbar Notification area. The icon will disappear as soon as pop!site has completed its conversion process. Placing the cursor over the pop!site icon will popup a tooltip window indicating what command is being performed:


The pop!site icon will disappear as soon as pop!site completes its operation.

See Also

Task Guide: Convert an pop!talk document into an HTML document
Task Guide: View an pop!talk document in a browser
Task Guide: View errors generated by pop!site


Notes
1. You can locate the .pte file in the same location Windows creates temporary files.
 


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Modified: 30 January, 1997 20:41:28

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