From Eric Thu Aug 11 16:04:28 1994
Article: 15508 of comp.archives
From: Eric Lease Morgan 
Subject: [comp.infosystems.www.providers] ANNOUNCE: Simple HTML Editor ( S H E ) version 2.7
Date: 9 Aug 1994 11:44:26 +0200
Organization: NCSU Libraries

Archive-Name: auto/comp.infosystems.www.providers/ANNOUNCE-Simple-HTML-Editor-S-H-E-version-2-7

Simple HTML Editor (S H E) version 2.7

(For possibly more up-to-date information about this stack and newer
releases, try here.)

About the Editor

Simple HTML Editor (S H E) is just that, a simple editor for creating
hypertext markup language (HTML) documents. It is in the form of a
HyperCard stack, and therefore, it requires HyperCard or HyperCard
Player, as well as a Macintosh.

The latest version (2.7) of the Editor can be found at

"S H E, the grandmother of all Macintosh-based HTML editors."


S H E supports:

 * "inteligent" forms creation
 * preview and open URL capabilities (requires the MacWeb browser)
 * headers and footers,
 * user palette for often used commands,
 * many command key options,
 * Find, Find Again, and Find/Change functions,
 * defaut HTML template upon the creation of a new document,
 * Balloon Help(TM),
 * simple user-interface,
 * S H E droplet, an AppleScript droplet facilitating the opening of text
files with S H E via drag and drop (requires AppleScript extensions)

Using the Editor

First, you may want to compose your text outside HyperCard, and then use
S H E to open the resulting file and markup your document. This is
suggested because your editor may have features like spell check, a
larger editing area, et cetera . S H E just cannot do these things at
this time. Furthermore, this method requires you to think more about the
content of you text and less about its format; this method, in my humble
opinion, allows you to create well written documents.

Second, if you didn't compose your text outside S H E, then use the
New... command to create a new document. Otherwise, use the Open...
command and import your previously created text.

Third, mark up your text. In most cases you will select some text to be
marked up and then choose a markup option from the HTML menu.

For your convenience, S H E includes a palette. This palette provides
immediate access to common markup options. The S H E includes a graphical
description of the palette options.

Fourth, save your document using the Save... command. At this point you
can preview your document using the Open Local... command in Mosaic for
Macintosh. (Unfortunately, until the Macintosh version of Mosaic supports
forms, you will not be able to see any of the forms you may have
created.) New with version 2.6, if you have MacWeb, then you can preview
your document pressing command-E.

Repeat steps #3 and #4 until you are satified.

Lastly, quit.

Help Texts

The Editor contains a number of help texts. First there is "A Beginner's
Guide to HTML" ( With
the advent of version 2.5, S H E  also contains text describing the
creation of forms, "Mosaic for X version 2.0 Fill-Out Form Support"
ew.html). Finally, much of S H E itself is documented with Balloon Help.

Release notes

Version 2.7

 * Thanks to Dennis Birch, the S H E droplet now works correctly, and the
location of S H E is not hard-coded.
 * Thanks to Nick Arnett, now S H E can make MacWeb open a URL.
 * Added the ability to click on grouped text and open a URL, thus you
can go directly to the help texts.
 * Added a "Find Again" feature.
 * Changed Paragraph's command key to H
 * Gave Command-G to "Find Again".
 * Added ability to insert more "special characters" via the Font menu.
 * Changed the distribution point of the FTP archive, yet again, to

Version 2.6

 * Began using a additional FTP site for distribution,
 * Added the break tag to the Format menu, took away command-K for
Comment, and gave it to break.
 * With the advent of MacWeb, S H E now has the ability to preview HTML
documents by choosing Preview from the File menu. Alternatively, the user
can press command-E.
 * Created the ability to edit and apply headers and footers. These texts
(the headers and footers) permanently reside in S H E until they get
changed. When the headers are applied they are inserted after the <body>
tag. Similarly, the footers are inserted before the </body> tag.
Alternatively, if there is any selected text, the selected text is
replace with the header or footer. This selected text feature is intended
to be used to update an HTML file that already has a header or footer.
 * Added three new items to the Font menu enabling you to type the escape
codes for the "<", ">", and "&" characters without having to remember the
escape codes.
 * Documented the "secret stack-hacker function". This previously
undocumented function allows you to startup S H E with userlevel set to
5, scripting. This allows users of Simple HTML Editor to more easily view
the scripts of the stack and edit them, but it will still reformat the
menus. To enable this function, hold down the option key while S H E
starts up. Note: when using this feature, the menus will not be formatted

Version 2.5

There are a number of improvements in this release: 

 * The biggest "improvement" is forms editing. By selecting an option
from the Forms menu, the user is prompted for the information necessary
to create any type of form. (I think.) 
 * The Help menu has been obliterated to make way for the Forms menu.
("Easy come, easy go." It looked too much like a Windows app anyway.) 
 * To take the place of the Help menu, two buttons were created: About
and Help. Via these buttons, help texts can be accessed. 
 * Added Balloon Help to the fields and buttons. 
 * Added the ability to print the help texts. 

Version 2.4

For the most part, this new version contains mostly cosmetic changes.

For example, the menus have been totally revamped to make the stack look
more like an editor. All hiearcheal menus have been removed, a couple of
command keys have been changed, and Balloon Help has been added to the

Functionally, a Find as well as a Find and Replace... feature have been
added. Find works great, but there is no intuitive Find again. Find and
Replace... works too, but it does not support verification.

Also new menu option, Normalize, has been added. When copying and pasting
from Mosaic the formating of the browser are retained (i.e. things are
bold, underlined, italices, in large fonts sizes, et cetera ). Normalize
removes this formating.

Additionally, the Editor now comes with an AppleScript droplet allowing
to you drag and drop a text file and thus open that text file with the

Known bugs

Undo still doesn't always work quite right. This is because the Editor
uses a function called "the selection".

The Editor still is not WYSIWYG. Sorry.

The Editor is still limited to opening text file less than 30,000
characters in length. This is a limitation of HyperCard's fields. "I
could fix this, but the Editor would no longer be 'simple.'" 

Users of the HyperCard Audio Home Stack will get have their Edit menu
properly formatted.

The author

If you have any questions, then please don't hesitate to call. I love to
get email.

Eric Lease Morgan, Systems Librarian
NCSU Libraries
Box 7111, Room 2316-b
Raleigh, NC 27695-7111
(919) 515-6182