TexNet32 - Files and editing

Importing and retrieving

TexNet32 allows you to retrieve into any of the edit windows files created by other software and saved as plain text (*.txt) or Rich Text Format (*.rtf) files as well as unstructured and structured files created by TexNetF (*.doc - not the same as Microsoft Word format - and *.net)).

When you retrieve an *.rtf file, TexNet32 checks to see whether it has a companion link destinations file in the same directory with the same name and the extension ".tnl". If so, this is loaded into the "Link destinations" window.

You can also import HTML files into the full text window only by using the "Open..." option in the "File" menu or either the "Filter from URL..." option or the "Filter clipboard" option in the "Tools" menu. Note that, apart from basic linking information, information about HTML tags is lost; if you subsequently save the file in HTML format, only basic anchor tags and formatting tags will be included.

You can import only the contents of the DESCRIPTION META tag from an HTML file, by using the "Extract Description..." option in the "File" menu. Likewise, you can import only the contents of the KEYWORDS META tag from an HTML file, by using the "Extract keywords..." option.

Displaying and editing

TexNet32 displays and edit texts in only one format whether they contain structuring information or not.

A file is divided into paragraphs. To insert a paragraph break when editing a file, press the Enter key.

Structuring information is encoded with colors, which will generally appear as various shades of blue. Link destinations are shown with the character "¤" (the general currency sign); links generally begin with "«" (a left angle quote) and end with "»" (a right angle quote), but any text in the appropriate color may serve as a link.

The "Edit" menu contains such traditional editing functions as "Cut", "Copy", "Delete", and "Paste". All text windows can be edited, although in practice most editing is performed in the "Abstract" window. Words, phrases and other passages from an editing window can be copied into the "Abstract" window by pressing a single shortcut key. Currently, except for single word copying, text must be selected explicitly for copying.

There are also some additional assisting tools such as the "Word count" and "Highlight full-text words in abstract" options in the "Other" menu, and the "Find/replace" and "Go to" options in the "Edit" menu.

The "Reform" option in the "Edit" menu is useful for reformatting text files containing extra spaces and paragraph breaks, such as files created from HTML page displays. Do not use this option on a file that is already properly formatted.

The "Add target", "Add link", and "Target all paragraphs" options allow you to add hypertext information to the text. When you select either of "Add target" or "Add link", the "Link destinations" window will appear. Select from the list of destinations or add a new destination and then click on "OK". If you selected "Add target", TexNet32 will insert a "¤"; if you selected "Add link", TexNet32 will enclose the selected text in "«"..."»".

The "Target all paragraphs" option automatically adds a target at the beginning of every paragraph. This option is intended for use on a text that does not already contain any targets: if the text does already contain targets, these are not deleted, and TexNet32 does not check for duplication of names of existing targets.

To delete a target, just delete its "¤" symbol. To delete a link, first click on it and then select "Delete link" from the "Edit" menu.

If the caret is located in a portion of the text whose color is not black, indicating a link, you can use the "Follow link" option in the "Edit" menu to move to the destination of the link either within the same text or by filtering the corresponding HTML page.

If properly installed, TexNet32 also includes the VisualSpeller ActiveX control. Access to this is provided via the "Spell check" option in the "Tools" menu; this option checks spelling of the entire contents of the currently active editing window.

You can set the style of any text that you insert or select in any of the editing windows by using the "Bold", "Italic", "Underline", and "Strikeout" options in the "Format" menu. The HTML tag filters can also be configured to set text style automatically when importing from HTML.


You can save a file from any of your editing windows in any of three formats: Rich Text Format (*.rtf), plain text (*.txt), or HTML (*.htm).

When you save in *.rtf format from the full text window, if the "Save with full text *.rtf" checkbox in the "Link destinations" window is checked, the contents of the link destinations list will be saved automatically in a companion *.tnl file.

If you save in *.txt format, structuring and font style information will not be saved.

If you save in *.htm format, TexNet32 uses the information in the link destinations list to fill in appropriate values for NAME and HREF attributes. If the address specified in the link destinations list does not start with "#", the corresponding NAME value will be set to "".

You can insert or update the contents of the DESCRIPTION META tag in an HTML file to the text in the current edit window, by using the "Insert as Description..." option in the "File" menu.

Graphic display

To see a graphic display of a structured file, use the "Graphic" option in the "View" menu. When it generates the graphic display, TexNet32 starts with the current paragraph and then moves to paragraphs linked with that paragraph; if the current paragraph has no links or links with only short paragraphs, you may not see much in the graphic display.
Last updated February 5, 2008, by Tim Craven