Creating a Network of Linked Files
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  1. Overview
    1. It is generally unwise to confront the reader with a large graphic requiring vertical and horizontal scrolling to explore it all. It is often easier to create a summary document and then allow the reader to "double-click" to more detailed documents as they wish.
    2. If a cluster of files looks like a good idea, think through the structure of the network you're building before you get started. Will it be strictly hierarchical? Or will the reader want to be able to jump from anywhere to anywhere else? As an example, click here for the structure of this tutorial. If I had put in the hyperlinks, the graphic would be a Table of Contents and allow the reader to jump to whatever they want.
    3. Be sure you provide a clear navigational strategy for the reader. If your network is hierarchical, you will only need a way to move DOWN and BACK UP. If your network has a richer pattern of connections, you may need a special graphic object just for navigation .
  2. Making the link
    1. It's easier if both files exist before you insert the link, although there is an option to create a new file as the target.
    2. Select the text that will be the anchor for the link. It could the text within a symbol, or portions of a text box.
    3. Use Shift/Contrl-6 to create the link. Or use the HYPERLINK icon on the top menu bar.
      1. If you are linking to another inspiration file, Alt-F,S will take you directly to the window for selecting the target.
      2. You also have options to link to websites, email, or create a new Inspiration file as the target
    4. Remember that you will usually want to create the link both ways, from anchor to target, and then within the target file, back to the anchor.
  3. Posting the network to the web
    Inspiration will translate a network of hyperlinked files into an HTML network that could be posted on a website. It could be the website under special circumstances. Or you could just copy the files onto someone else's computer and they could read them with their browser without needing Inspiration at all.
    1. Test out all the links first.
    2. Go to the top or first page of the network.
    4. You'll be prompted to enter a title for the export. Inspiration will create a file called <title>.htm and a folder called <title-files>. In that folder will be the HTML equivalent of all the files linked to the top file; the original Inspiration files are left alone. If you want the network of files to become a website, then use "Index" for the title. When a browser finds a file called "Index.htm" it will automatically run the file and launch the website. If you give it some other name, a browser will just list the files and folders at that site and the reader would have to know to click on the right file to start the site.
  4. Publish the files
    1. If this is for loading onto a web page, use an FTP program (such as FileZilla) to transfer the files to the website. Your web hosting service may also have a transfer utility.
    2. If you want to just give the files to someone else, copy the <title>.htm and the <title-files> folder onto a memory stick and give it to them. If they click on <title>.htm their browser should take over.
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