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Internet Explorer Construction Kit for Dummies - Clayton W

Clayton W Internet Explorer Construction Kit for Dummies - Wiley Publishing, 2005. - 388 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-7491-4
Download (direct link): internetexplorerconstruction2005.pdf
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Favorite 4: Adds a button that enables the user to quick-select the URL that you’ve assigned to the button.
Address Bar: Adds an address bar to the window.
When you first switch to the Address Bar commands, only the Address Bar button is enabled. The other buttons are disabled because, until you add an address bar to your window, the other commands have no effect. Go ahead and try clicking them. See. I told you they don’t work yet.
To add an address bar to your window, click the Address Bar button.
The Address Bar dialog box, seen in Figure 9-2, appears. In this dialog box, you choose the address bar’s location and the image that the Browser Construction Kit uses for the address bar’s background. Click the OK button to add the selected address bar to the window. Figure 9-3 shows a custom browser window with an address bar — including all its parts — in place.
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Figure 9-2:
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Once you add your address bar to the window, the Browser Construction Kit enables the other buttons in the Address Bar toolbox. Until then, the other commands cannot be selected.
Figure 9-3:
A custom browser window with an address bar installed.
Address Bar Position
You can place your address bar in one of two locations: top or bottom. (If your copy of the Browser Construction Kit allows any other positions, you’ve traveled to the Twilight Zone. Contact me immediately for an interdimensional return ticket.) Select the position in the Address Bar dialog box, which appears when you click the Address Bar button in the toolbox.
The most common place for an address bar is at the top of the window, as shown in Figure 9-3. You can, however, create a more unusual browser by placing your address bar at the bottom of the window (see Figure 9-4).
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Figure 9-4:
The address bar in an uncommon location — the bottom of the window.
Although you can place your address bar at the bottom of the window, that placement may disorient your users, who expect it at the top. Too bad for them, you say? I agree completely.
Address Bar Image
When completely assembled, the address bar is a rectangular image that holds several other parts, including a text box for entering URLs and some special buttons you read about later in this chapter in the “The Go Button” and “The Favorites Buttons” sections. You can provide your own image for the address bar’s background, choosing from .bmp, .jpg, or .gif images. The image’s size is 784 x 42 pixels. For more information about creating your own address bar image, refer to Chapter 14, which, although it’s about status bars, also applies to address bars.
You can choose any size image you want for your address bar, and the Browser Construction Kit automatically resizes it to fit. Resizing an image, though, often leads to image distortion, something you may want to avoid — or not.
To select your address bar image, follow these steps:
1. Click the Address Bar button in the toolbox.
The Address Bar dialog box appears.
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2. Click the Browse button to bring up the Load Address Bar Image dialog box (see Figure 9-5).
3. Select your image and click the Open button.
The image’s path and filename appear in the Address Bar Image box of the Address Bar dialog box.
4. Click the dialog box’s OK button.
The Browser Construction Kit loads the address bar image and adds the address bar to your window.
Figure 9-5:
The Load Address Bar Image dialog box.
The Go Button
A typical Web browser enables you to browse to the address bar’s currently selected URL in two ways:
Ii^ Entering the URL into the address bar and pressing Enter ^ Entering the URL into the address bar and clicking the Go button
When you add an address bar to your custom browser’s window, the text box into which you enter an URL comes with it. The Go button, however, does not. You can choose to add the button or leave it out. To add the button, click the Go Button command in the Address Bar toolbox. With no further ado, the Browser Construction Kit adds the Go button to your address bar.
After you add the Go button, you can remove the Go button by clicking the Go Button command a second time.
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The Favorites Buttons
Do you ever find yourself typing the same Internet addresses over and over? What a pain, eh? You’ll be happy to know that you can add up to four favorites buttons to your address bar. These buttons enable you to get to a favorite Web site with a single mouse click, a pretty cool feature if I do say so myself.
To add a favorites button, follow these steps:
1. Click one of the favorites buttons (they’re called Favorite 1, Favorite
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