The "Desktop" window contains the top level menus for WebWinds. "File"
allows the selection, creation and modification of data. It also contains
the path for exiting WebWinds. "Tools" provides a number of applications
that can be used to display and manipulate data. "Utilities" currently
offers the selection of an Internet address for remote
sessions , as well as options for creating and running macros
and re-running past WebWinds sessions.
It also allows the user to add a Pause to the
recorded session. "Help" brings up a browser-based master help list.
The choices available under "File" are "New Source", "Open", "Edit" and
"Exit". "New Source" brings up a File Finder
which, when a file is selected, changes into a Data
Source Wizard. "Open" provides a list of Data
Directories and Data Source Descriptions, from which a Data
Object can be made. "Edit" produces a listing of the same Data
Directories and Data Source Descriptions, which may be edited. "Exit"
brings up either 2 or 3 choices: "Exit" or terminate the session without
saving changes, "Save" changes (only if changes have been made), and "Continue"
without doing either. The "Save" choice allows another choice to be made
sequentially. Killing the Desktop window instead of exiting is not
The current suite of tools includes controls,
raster displays, textual displays and manipulation tools and data object
manipulation tools. The arrangement of menu items under "Tools" is specified
in the file toolmanager.txt.
WebWinds Ring Icon
The rotating icon acts as a 'load meter': rapid spinning corresponds to
low loading, slow or erratic spinning corresponds to high or intermittent
loading. Thus, if you are waiting for WebWinds to do something and the
icon is rotating rapidly and steadily, it believes it is waiting for you
to do something and it is usually right. To disable this feature, click
on the center of the logo.
/ Oct 5, 2001