Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Utilities - Editing the User Guide...

For those of you who read my previous blog concerning the Ultimate AW User Guide, I'd like to provide just some quick tips on how to get in there and edit it for your own needs.
  • First, find the file.  It should be in C:/ > Active Worlds > Help unless your local directory isn't C:/.  Navigate to that folder and then open default.awh in a text editor such as notepad.
  • You'll notice that the User Guide is organized by a very basic syntax:  topics and content
  • Topics are collapsable folders that make it easier to organize content in your user guide.  They should be formatted like this:
topic <topicname>
  • Content is what you actually want to direct users to.  It is bound by quotations and typically has a link after the name.  Content is formatted like so:
"4:30 P.M. - Teleport - SWCity - SWChris" http://objects.activeworlds.com/cgi-bin/teleport.cgi?aw_2217.397s_3609.8e_-0.2a_180
  • You may have noticed in the example above that the link I used looks a bit weird.  That is actually an example of what AW will read as a teleport link, and it can be used for any world.  Just change the variables to what you need, and it will teleport you to where you need to go!
The User Guide is a powerful and very helpful tool, especially for teleport lists.  It provides the collapsable folders we've wanted in the legitimate teleport list for many years now, and its versatility allows for a wide range of users... and thus I think that every user should know how to work their way around this!

If you've got any questions on how to work with the user guide, feel free to leave a comment!

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