File object web tab - On Premises: 6.4


The Web tab contains properties that define how each File object appears in the HTML pages. These properties define things like the type of file, the file itself, its size and spacing, special options for graphics, and even a set of special options for AVI video files.

File object Web Tab

Source file type

Type of source file to be used in your Web outputs. Other options may enable or disable when you choose a file type, because some properties are not applicable to some file types. The types available are:

  • Embedded Picture or OLE Object: Uses the embedded picture. On publish, the embedded picture or OLE object is extracted to the format specified in the Output as field and is linked to the HTML or HTML-based Help.
  • Linked Picture files: Valid HTML picture file formats (bmp, dib, gif, jpg, eps, tiff, tif, or png).
  • Linked Video multimedia files: Windows AVI files.
  • Linked Coded HTML document: Precoded HTML documents. These appear in the published output. This is a way of inserting complex formatting, Java script and applets, and other specialized coding. Author-it only reads and inserts the information between the <BODY> & </BODY> tags. Information outside that is ignored.
  • Linked URL file: Links to images downloaded from a web server. At the time of publication, this file appears in the content from a linked copy, not the original web server location.


Directory containing the source file. This property supports relative folders. This property is ignored if you're using an embedded file.


Name of the source file. This file must be of the Source Type and it must be in the specified Directory.

When you embed a graphics file, the file name uses the object ID. You can only specify file names when you use linked graphics.

Output format

Output file format of the external file used in your HTML outputs. "(source format)" uses the file format specified in the Source Type.

File alternate text

Defines the text that will appear in HTML pages while the image file is loading, or as an alternate to the image if it cannot be displayed for any reason. This property is automatically populated from the Description when you first create the object.