Format Menu
Text Sub-Menu

This file deals with the following items in the Text sub-menu, under the Format menu.

Toggle Ruler
Spacing...
Link...
List...
Table...

Toggle Ruler (return to top)

To show the text ruler and associated buttons in the Freeform Text Area, select Toggle Ruler in the Text sub-menu, under the Format menu (or type command-option-R). The ruler can also be toggled by clicking the Toggle Ruler button:

Note: Adjusting tabs in rulers only affects currently highlighted text. If you want a tab to affect the entire Freeform Text Area, use Command-A to select all text, then set your tabs.

Spacing... (return to top)

To set paragraph spacing for a block of text:

    1. Select the text to which the spacing setting is to apply, or just start a new paragraph.

    2. Select Spacing... in the Text sub-menu, under the Format menu. Make your settings in the following dialog, then click OK.


Link... (return to top)

Kinds of Links

Beginning with version 3.0.0, iData can now store permanent links that are not in standard URL format. (This applies to the Freeform Text Area only. Links in fields must be stored in standard URL format.)

Standard URL formats include forms like the following:

    http://www.idata3.com
    file://localhost/Users/mikew/Documents/almondfly.jpg
    webmaster@raccoonbend.com

We will refer to this type of link as a "URL-format link".

iData has alwasy been able to recognize these forms and turn them into clickable links. However, it did not store links to text in other formats.

For example, the link at the bottom of this page, Return to Main Help Page, represents a URL of iData 3 Help.html, which is not obvious from the text itself.

We will refer to this type of link as a "hidden-URL link".

Adding Hidden-URL Links via the Link Panel

    1. Select the text in the Freeform Text Area that you want to show up as a link.

    2. Open the Link Panel by selecting Link... in the Text sub-menu, under the Format menu (or type command-control-L). You can also open the Link Panel by clicking the Open Link Panel button in the Toolbar:



Here is the link panel with a Web page link pasted in. As you can see, the text "Colorado River Lodge" is highlighted in the Freeform Text Area. This is the text that will get the hidden-URL link attached to it.



    3. When you are satisfied with the link destination text, click the OK button. In our example, the "Colorado River Lodge" text now shows up as a link.



Removing a Hidden-URL Link

To remove a link:

    1. Select all or part of the linked text.

    2. Open the Link Panel, as explained above. At this point, you should be able to see that all of the linked text has been selected, even if you selected only part of it.

    3. Delete all the text from the Link destination: text field.

    4. Click the OK button. Now the highlighted text will no longer show up as a link.

Note that this only works for hidden-URL links. iData 3 automatically restores URL-format links.

List... (return to top)

You can set a block of text to be formatted as a list, with bulleted items or numbers that will be added automatically to each paragraph within the list.

To create a list:

    1. Select the text to which the list setting is to apply, or just start a new paragraph.

    2. Select List... in the Text sub-menu, under the Format menu. You will see the following dialog.


    3. The Bullet/Number popup menu lets you select list item markers from among Arabic numerals, uppercase Roman numerals, lowercase Roman numerals, lowercase letters, and uppercase letters, all of which will automatically increment when you add items to the list. Or, you can select one of several graphic symbols, such as bullets, check marks, etc.

    4. You can also type some text into the Prefix and Suffix boxes, if desired. These are pieces of text that will be added in front or or behind the list item markers.

    5. Apple's documentation for the Prepend enclosing list marker option says: "Specifies that a nested list should include the marker for its enclosing superlist before its own marker." We are confident that someone will find this useful.

Table... (return to top)

To add a table to the Freeform Text Area:

   1. Select Table... in the Text sub-menu, under the Format menu. Make your settings in the following dialog, then click the close button in the upper left.


    2. Once the settings are made, you can add text to the cells of the table.

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