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See also: Text Editor


The HTML Editor is a dedicated window for editing HTML in a "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) environment. The HTML Editor makes it easy to edit HTML text. You can use the HTML Editor with any text property that allows HTML content.

screenshot of HTML Editor
HTML Editor Window

The most convenient way to open the HTML Editor is to press [F7] when the text cursor is in a textbox.

If you hold the [Shift] key down and press [F7], Gedcom Publisher will open the Text Editor rather than the HTML Editor.

Editors for HTML are not as well-developed as similar editors for general word-processing use, and you cannot use a visual HTML editor to create all possible HTML. The HTML Editor in Gedcom Publisher is mostly intended for editing formatted paragraphs of text, lists, and simple tables. For images, it's best to use Gedcom Publisher's Image User Item, and specify text before or after the image using a Text User Item. The Text property in the Text User Item may be edited with the HTML Editor.

When you are done editing, you can save the changes and close the HTML Editor by clicking the [OK] button.

The contents of the HTML Editor window look different than the contents of other Gedcom Publisher windows. The HTML Editor uses an embedded web browser in order to provide the editing environment and show the text as formatted HTML.

If you press [F7] and Gedcom Publisher opens the Text Editor rather than the HTML Editor, the text property you are editing is not intended to hold HTML and should contain text only.

Editing the HTML

The HTML Editor provides a menubar and toolbar with a variety of formatting commands. As in most other editors, some commands alter paragraphs or other blocks of text, some commands alter phrases, words, or characters.

if you cannot achieve the results you want using the HTML Editor, there are two other methods to edit the HTML:

  • Use the Text Editor by pressing [Shift]+[F7] rather than [F7] to open the editor.
  • Use the HTML Editor, but adjust the HTML using the <> (View source) button in the HTML Editor.

Pasting from Word

The HTML Editor's Edit > Paste command (or [Ctrl]-V) removes unnecessary HTML elements that Microsoft Word adds to the text and this will usually produce much better results than copying the HTML some other way.


HTML Errors

If the source HTML contains errors, the HTML Editor may fail to show the content properly. In that case, you should use the Text Editor and correct the error.

Editor Window

As mentioned above, the HTML Editor window looks different from other Gedcom Publisher windows because it uses an embedded browser for most of the content. The embedded browser reduces the control that Gedcom Publisher has over the user interface, and some functionality is lost. For example, the [F1] key will not open a help page. Similarly, some web browser functions are available that aren't useful for editing HTML, but Gedcom Publisher cannot prevent, such as the ability to open a remote web page. Gedcom Publisher hides those features the best it can, but a user might discover how to execute them anyway.