File Web properties

Author-it Objects

The Web tab contains properties that define how each File object will be inserted into 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 - HTML 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, as some properties are not applicable to some file types. The types available are:

  • Embedded Picture or OLE object: the embedded picture will be used. At publishing time the embedded picture or OLE object is extracted to the format specified in Output as and linked to the HTML or HTML based Help.
  • Linked Picture files: valid HTML picture file formats (bmp, dib, gif, jpg, eps, tiff, tif, png).
  • Linked Video multimedia files: windows AVI files.
  • Linked Coded HTML document: precoded HTML documents. These will be inserted in the published document. 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 publishing, this file is inserted into the document from a linked copy, not the original webserver location.


Directory containing the source file. This property supports relative folders. This property is ignored if you are 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.

The Filename field only pertains to Linked file object source types. The file name specified in the Filename field is used both to tell Author-it which graphic file to use and as the name of the graphic file in the published HTML output.

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 whatever reason. This property is automatically populated from the Description when you first create the object.

See also: File object properties