Step 2: Learn the location of the main tools
(1) The menu bar
The End-User Interface of F+S is quite well done. Before you start exploring, remember that you edit structured text. So ignore all the typical word processor features.
Do not do any formatting what so ever
, just enter information! If you must change formatting, go and learn how to edit the EDD file. If you don't have an EDD file, export one from your current File. So ignore the Format Menu unless you know what you do
. Here are the most important things you need to know:
With the File Menu you can open templates, files, but also import /export EDDs and access to Developer tools
With the Element Menu, you can (a) validate your text, (b) split, merge and unwrap elements although mouse: right-click offers the same in context.
With the View Menu you can define if you want to see element boundaries or not (and how)
The Special Menu allows to insert graphics (anchored frames) and make Cross-references.
(2) The other authoring windows
There are three other Windows for SGML editing. All of them are important.
The most important Window which always should be open is the Elements Menu. It will allow to insert an Element Tag when you author. It should be always open
The Attribute Window will allow you to enter attribute values
The Structure View shows you the structure of your document and your current position
(3) Be a power user
Make sure you get the full Menus
Note: configuring SGML related Menus and using some of these tools is explained below