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About This Book

This introduction shows you:


This online book, "Using Tapestry 1.1", describes how to create and edit World Wide Web pages using the Tapestry software on an Apple Macintosh computer.

What is Tapestry?

Tapestry is a Web authoring tool that allows you to develop Web pages on the Apple Macintosh without learning HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). Using Tapestry you can easily drag and drop links to graphics, text, audio clips, and video movies directly into your Web page.

Software Release 1.1

This online book, "Using Tapestry 1.1", Preliminary - Issue 1, applies to Software Release 1.1 of the Tapestry software. Make sure you are using the correct issue of this book. After Tapestry Software Release 2.0 is available, more expert tasks will be added to chapter 4, "Developing an Expert Web Page".

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is for teachers, trainers, students, writers, information developers, and business people who want to create and publish multimedia information on the Internet or an intranet. Although the Tapestry Web authoring system is aimed at non-technical people who do not want to learn HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), many experienced Web authors also use Tapestry because it is the easiest and most efficient tool for creating multimedia documents for the Web.

Contacting the Author

To contact Benjamin Keevil of Keevil & Associates, the author of this book, send a message to bkeevil@sympatico.ca by e-mail. The author developed the HTML tags including the cross-references, procedures, glossary, and index tags for this book from scratch. To ensure that the book can be displayed by most Web browsers on Macintosh, UNIX, and Windows platforms only simple paragraphs, headings, line breaks, horizontal rules, ordered lists, unordered lists, and table tags were used.

The author also restructured, wrote, edited, and tested the task-oriented procedures based on the Tapestry 1.1 User Guide using ClarisWorks, Fetch, GraphicConverter, MacDraw II, Netscape Navigator, QuickTime, SimpleText, and Tapestry software running on a Macintosh Performa 5200CD PowerPC computer.

This usability index of this "Using Tapestry" book was calculated to be about 90 per cent according to the Usability Index checklist in the paper Developing Usable Online Information for a Web Authoring Tool.

Using This Book

This book starts with an overview, shows you where to get help for using the Web and Tapestry, and then branches into the main tasks for developing:

The book ends with helpful hints for managing a Web site, a description of all the Tapestry menu commands, a glossary, and an index. In summary, this book is organized as follows.

Chapter Purpose
About This Book Lists the conventions, references, and where to get help.
Tapestry Overview Introduces the Tapestry Web authoring system.
Developing a Simple Web Page Shows you how to create your own Home Page on the Web.
Developing an Advanced Web Page Shows you how to enhance your home page using images and video documents.
Developing an Expert Web Page More expert tasks will be added for Tapestry Software Release 2.0.
Managing a Web Site Lists some helpful hints for managing a Web site.
Understanding the Menu and Toolbar Commands Describes the purpose of all the Tapestry menu and toolbar commands.
Notices Lists the trademarks and copyright information.
Glossary Defines the unfamiliar terms in this book.
Index Makes it easy to find answers to your questions.

Conventions in This Book

So that the Tapestry software is easier for you to use, this book uses the following typographic conventions.

Conventions Meaning
Initial Capitals Menu names and commands are in initial capital letters (for example, the Open command).
File -> Open Specifies the menu and command for an action. It means: From the File menu, choose the Open command.
return The names of keys on the keyboard described in the text are shown in bold letters.
control-c Specifies keys that you press simultaneously and are shown in bold letters. For example, while holding down the control key, press the lowercase letter c.
See Chapter 1, "Overview". Chapters and sections that are referred to in this book are in double quotation marks.
bold Text you must type exactly as written is in boldface type. The statement "Type text" means that you type the word text and press the return key.

Command Shortcuts

In addition to using a menu command for an action (for example, File -> Open), you can also type a combination of keys (for example, Command-O to open a file). This typing of keys is sometimes called a "command shortcut". However, in this book we use the menu command convention for an action (that is, File -> Open).

Viewing This Book

You can view this book with most Macintosh, Windows, or UNIX Web browsers; however, Netscape Navigator 2.0 is used as an example browser. The HTML tags in this book are paragraphs, unordered lists, ordered lists, nested lists, headings and simple tables. You can view the QuickTime movies using either a Macintosh or Windows computer. For more information on Netscape Navigator, QuickTime, and other useful software, see What Software Do You Need? in the chapter, "Tapestry Overview".

For easy reading in online and printed format, this book is displayed in Geneva 10-point text font. This smaller 10-point font allows you to read the book in a separate window while you are using the Tapestry software. When necessary, you can print the occasional page for reference. Of course, you can change the size of the font by using the Netscape Navigator General Preferences dialog box.

Copying This Book

This book is copyright © 1996, by Keevil & Associates. All rights reserved. However, permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this book for personal or research use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than Keevil & Associates must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission from Keevil & Associates and may require a fee. Request permissions from bkeevil@sympatico.ca by e-mail.

For more legal information, see the Notices in this book.

Getting Help for Using the Web

If you have questions on how to use the World Wide Web, consult the:

Getting Help for Using Tapestry

If you have questions on how to use the Tapestry product, consult the:

If you cannot find the answer to your question in this book or the FAQs, contact the Tapestry Technical Support (TTS) group at Concept 1 Communications by sending an e-mail to:

E-mail is the fastest and cheapest support method because we have a written description of your problem and a network of support engineers available to answer your question usually within 24 hours. However, you can also contact Concept 1 Communications between 09:00 and 17:00 hours Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday by:

Please describe what you were trying to do when the problem occurred and the exact wording of messages that appeared on your screen.

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