High Tea

Welcome to the High Tea manual


High Tea is (hopefully) a simple to use HTML editor that incorporates many of the latest HTML (& Netscape) extensions as well as most of the basic HTML tags that are currently in use. It was written in response to a need from many friends for "an editor which works without bells and whistles". The basic aim of High Tea is for you to see on screen, what HTML tags are placed in the text both so that you can see exactly what is happening and so that you can actually learn HTML along the way. High Tea also ties in web browsers, graphic applications and map editors - so you can switch to any of these whilst working on your HTML document.

In its most basic form, using High Tea is simply a matter of either selecting the text to format and then choosing an HTML formatting tag from one of the buttons in the ToolBar or clicking in the document and choosing one of the buttons which inserts something such as a link or image.

This software is free for non-profit making use.

The ToolBar

The Toolbar provides access to all the HTML tags and features available in High Tea:


The Headings Button provides a pop-down menu for the Headings Tags available in HTML - tags 1 to 6. Highlight the text you want to format as a heading and then choose the appropriate heading by clicking on the Headings button.

Lists & Tables

The Lists & Tables button provides a pop-down menu of HTML tags for producing various types of lists and for laying out tables.

Select the text you want formatting as a list and then select a list format by clicking on the Lists & Tables button and selecting from the menu.

To layout a table is a slightly more complicated affair. Essentially, tables in HTML consist of three separate ellements -

To create a table, follow these simple steps:

  1. Type in the text for all the items you want including in the table itself.

  2. Select each item in turn and choose either Table Item or Table Heading from the Lists & Tables Button Define how you want the items to be formatted from the dialogs that appear (in each case the bolded choice is the default)

  3. Select each row in turn and choose Table Row from the Lists & Tables Button. Again Choose how the row should be formatted from the dialogs that appear (bolded choices are defaults).

  4. Finally, select the whole table and choose Table Border from the Lists & Tables Button. Make your choices from the dialogs and then you have a table!

Character Style Buttons

The Character style buttons insert HTML tags for Titles, Bold and Italic formats, Centre alignment, paragraph breaks (new line & blank line) and line breaks (new line).

Logical Styles

The Logical Styles Button provides a list of HTML logival styles. These are style tags that are interpreted by the browser you are using rather than having to send all the formatting information over the network.

The Styles available are:

Logical Sizes

The Logical Sizes button provides a means to specify character sizes which are interpreted by the browser. The sizes are as follows:

Edit Image

The Edit Image Button allows you to edit either the most recent image you have inserted into your document or any other image. The button will automatically call the graphics package named in High Tea's Preferences as the Graphics Converter to open the image so that you can edit it using that package's facilities.

Other Tool Buttons

The ohter icons in the Toolbar provide means of inserting Hypertext links to other documents and images; inserting anchor definitions (for links to specific sections in documents); printing your document and previewing your document. For further information on inserting links see the Working with URLs section. Note that the print button prints the text of your file complete with all the HTML tags. If you want to print just the readable text of the document choose the print command when viewing the document in your chosen browser. For more information on previewing your document see the Previewing Section.

Getting Help

You can get help using High Tea in three ways:

  1. Hold the Command Key down and move the pointer over any button. A brief explanation of what the button does will appear at the bottom of the window.

  2. Choose Manual HTML from the Help button to read this manual with your chosen browser.

  3. Choose Manual Text from the Help button to read a text-only version of this manual in a word processor of your choice.


The Extras button provides extra tags and facilities for the following HTML extensions:


The Maps button provides a means of both inserting a link to a map image and editing a map image with the map editor specified in High Tea's Preferences.

Contact: ras7@bton.ac.uk (Dr R (Stan) Stanier)