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Re: Xway b2 is here!

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Craig,

The media links to jeremy’s document folder for example.

That doesn't actually matter, because the documents contain copies of all the images.

What you can do, if you don't want to see these references, is:

1. Go to the Resources view
2. Select all the resources
3. Click on the Detach button

Note that (in contrast to Freeway) an Xway document contains images that are identical to the original images, not simply a low-resolution duplicate.

Jeremy


Re: Xway b2 is here!

Craig Seeman
 

The zipped sample documents (Ambient, Ambient Light) don’t seem to be viable for me.
The media links to jeremy’s document folder for example.
Something I’m doing wrong?


CraigS

On May 19, 2020, at 10:56 AM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

We have just released Xway b2, the latest version of our next-generation program for visual web design.

You can download it from our web site: https://www.softpress.com/xway/
 
Xway includes a detailed reference manual, which you can access by choosing “Xway User Guide” from the Help menu. This also includes an appendix with a list of new features and cross-references to documentation in the user guide - this is a good place to start if you're upgrading from b1. If you're new to Xway, a good place to start is the introduction to the user guide, and the Xway tutorial (see below).
 
There is also a step-by-step tutorial and two sample documents, which are available from our web site (click on “Xway Resources” in the Help menu). We revised the tutorial for b2.
 
New features in Xway b2:
 
• Resources view
• Graphics can be pasted into Xway
• Graphics in non-web format (TIFF etc.) can be imported
• External resources
• Insert Resource dialog
• Content section of Box Inspector displays information about resources
• Resources can be replaced, detached, or located
• Modified resources are automatically updated
• Plays Inline attribute for videos
• Iframes (YouTube videos, Vimeo videos, Google maps etc.)
• Inflow boxes can be moved or duplicated by dragging
• Language can be specified for pages and documents
• Meta tags
• Generic markup
• Extended page attributes can be added to html and head (as well as body)
• Default extended page attributes can be added in the Document Inspector
• Clearing or resetting the Name/ID field of a resource box will generate a default ID based on the name of the resource
• You can reset the IDs of multiple boxes by typing a space in the Name/ID field
• Fixed background images are drawn with fixed attachment
• Clicking anywhere in the title bar of an Inspector section will hide or show that section
• Pressing Command-Return switches from the Site panel and starts editing if a container box is selected
• Improved Dark Mode support
• Markup and Extended sections in the Inspector panel grow in height (as well as width) when the Inspector is widened
 
Jeremy
 


Re: Xway b2 is here!

Carla Grande
 

Jeremy 
thank YOU ALL!!!!!!!

Carla Grande
Consultant & Website Designer
917 621 5550





On May 19, 2020, at 10:56 AM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

We have just released Xway b2, the latest version of our next-generation program for visual web design.

You can download it from our web site: https://www.softpress.com/xway/
 
Xway includes a detailed reference manual, which you can access by choosing “Xway User Guide” from the Help menu. This also includes an appendix with a list of new features and cross-references to documentation in the user guide - this is a good place to start if you're upgrading from b1. If you're new to Xway, a good place to start is the introduction to the user guide, and the Xway tutorial (see below).
 
There is also a step-by-step tutorial and two sample documents, which are available from our web site (click on “Xway Resources” in the Help menu). We revised the tutorial for b2.
 
New features in Xway b2:
 
• Resources view
• Graphics can be pasted into Xway
• Graphics in non-web format (TIFF etc.) can be imported
• External resources
• Insert Resource dialog
• Content section of Box Inspector displays information about resources
• Resources can be replaced, detached, or located
• Modified resources are automatically updated
• Plays Inline attribute for videos
• Iframes (YouTube videos, Vimeo videos, Google maps etc.)
• Inflow boxes can be moved or duplicated by dragging
• Language can be specified for pages and documents
• Meta tags
• Generic markup
• Extended page attributes can be added to html and head (as well as body)
• Default extended page attributes can be added in the Document Inspector
• Clearing or resetting the Name/ID field of a resource box will generate a default ID based on the name of the resource
• You can reset the IDs of multiple boxes by typing a space in the Name/ID field
• Fixed background images are drawn with fixed attachment
• Clicking anywhere in the title bar of an Inspector section will hide or show that section
• Pressing Command-Return switches from the Site panel and starts editing if a container box is selected
• Improved Dark Mode support
• Markup and Extended sections in the Inspector panel grow in height (as well as width) when the Inspector is widened
 
Jeremy
 


Xway b2 is here!

Jeremy Hughes
 

We have just released Xway b2, the latest version of our next-generation program for visual web design.

You can download it from our web site: https://www.softpress.com/xway/
 
Xway includes a detailed reference manual, which you can access by choosing “Xway User Guide” from the Help menu. This also includes an appendix with a list of new features and cross-references to documentation in the user guide - this is a good place to start if you're upgrading from b1. If you're new to Xway, a good place to start is the introduction to the user guide, and the Xway tutorial (see below).
 
There is also a step-by-step tutorial and two sample documents, which are available from our web site (click on “Xway Resources” in the Help menu). We revised the tutorial for b2.
 
New features in Xway b2:
 
• Resources view
• Graphics can be pasted into Xway
• Graphics in non-web format (TIFF etc.) can be imported
• External resources
• Insert Resource dialog
• Content section of Box Inspector displays information about resources
• Resources can be replaced, detached, or located
• Modified resources are automatically updated
• Plays Inline attribute for videos
• Iframes (YouTube videos, Vimeo videos, Google maps etc.)
• Inflow boxes can be moved or duplicated by dragging
• Language can be specified for pages and documents
• Meta tags
• Generic markup
• Extended page attributes can be added to html and head (as well as body)
• Default extended page attributes can be added in the Document Inspector
• Clearing or resetting the Name/ID field of a resource box will generate a default ID based on the name of the resource
• You can reset the IDs of multiple boxes by typing a space in the Name/ID field
• Fixed background images are drawn with fixed attachment
• Clicking anywhere in the title bar of an Inspector section will hide or show that section
• Pressing Command-Return switches from the Site panel and starts editing if a container box is selected
• Improved Dark Mode support
• Markup and Extended sections in the Inspector panel grow in height (as well as width) when the Inspector is widened
 
Jeremy
 


Starting to really like the Xway of doing things

ThatKeith
 

Okay, it's very early days and there are missing features. But I've been trying to rethink and rebuild a small site from scratch in Xway – and while it's not without some frustrations I'm really starting to see the beauty in how it works.

But it's just making me more impatient for the finished version! ;) :D 

Keith


Re: Custom font help?

ThatKeith
 

Re the URL, I had made a slightly silly assumption about what should be included. That's because I know in other software cases (generically speaking, outside of Xway entirely) it's sometimes best to copy only the 'core' URL without any parameters. I hadn't consciously connected the User Guide's note about this ("you can copy font URLs with surrounding text and Xway will extract the URL from the surrounding text") with what I was getting from Google Fonts. I wonder whether giving an example of using a full parameter-rich Google font URL in the guide might be helpful for people who make the same silly assumptions? It's actually really simple, far easier than I suspected, IF I work with Google's fonts style selection and embedding helper and let Xway get on with its job. :)

k


Re: Div links and rollovers

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Keith,

Is it currently possible to apply a link to a div rather than to selected text?
Not yet.

And is it possible to set up a rollover or click to show/hide things?
I think you could use a combination of extended attributes and markup.

Jeremy


Div links and rollovers

ThatKeith
 

Is it currently possible to apply a link to a div rather than to selected text?
And is it possible to set up a rollover or click to show/hide things?

(Yes, I'm trying to create a menu.)

Keith


Re: Custom font help?

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Keith,

This overlaps with my previous reply, but you can specify several weights in the URL.

This works for me:

https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Alegreya+Sans:wght@400;900&display=swap

I pasted the following text from Google’s Embed tab, after selecting Regular and Black 900 on the Alegreya Sans page:

<link href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Alegreya+Sans:wght@400;900&display=swap" rel="stylesheet”>

One difference that I see between Xway and browsers is that Xway displays a less bold version of the font. This is because Xway chooses a less bold weight (following CSS “bolder”) that is not available to the browsers. To get the same font in Xway and browsers you could select 900 in the Weight popup (default style for Heading1).

I also found that the font was updated in Xway after I switched pages and back (following up from your previous email).

Jeremy

On 15 May 2020, at 15:34, ThatKeith via groups.io <Thatkeith=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:

I'd like to use a specific Google web font, Alegreya Sans, for both body text (regular weight) and headlines (the heaviest '900' weight).
How should I set this up? I have created a custom font with the correct font name, added alternatives, set the type, and set the font URL (https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Alegreya+Sans).

But how should I specify the weight? If I set Bold, 900 or Bolder in the Document: Default Styles for Header 1 it doesn't make any difference in Xway or the browser. If I apply Bold, 900 or Bolder directly to the header 1 text this looks correct in Xway but doesn't translate to the chunky weight in a browser; it looks faintly bolder, like Medium vs Regular.

If I add ":wght@900" to the end of the custom font URL this works, but of course it makes ALL text set in that typeface to be ultra-bold. I tried setting up two different custom font entries, one with 900 set, but the font name can't be identical for two entries, and it's what references the actual typeface so can't be different. :-O


Custom font help?

ThatKeith
 

I'd like to use a specific Google web font, Alegreya Sans, for both body text (regular weight) and headlines (the heaviest '900' weight).
How should I set this up? I have created a custom font with the correct font name, added alternatives, set the type, and set the font URL (https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Alegreya+Sans).

But how should I specify the weight? If I set Bold, 900 or Bolder in the Document: Default Styles for Header 1 it doesn't make any difference in Xway or the browser. If I apply Bold, 900 or Bolder directly to the header 1 text this looks correct in Xway but doesn't translate to the chunky weight in a browser; it looks faintly bolder, like Medium vs Regular.

If I add ":wght@900" to the end of the custom font URL this works, but of course it makes ALL text set in that typeface to be ultra-bold. I tried setting up two different custom font entries, one with 900 set, but the font name can't be identical for two entries, and it's what references the actual typeface so can't be different. :-O


Re: Problem changing link colour

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi John,

What it does not say is that the Normal style is not carried over to the Visited style
It’s not completely straightforward. There are separate colours for normal and visited, but other properties (such as underlining) are shared between them.

I think that (by default) visited actually inherits most of its properties from link (except for colour).

Jeremy


Re: Problem changing link colour

John Whittaker
 

Many thanks Jeremy, that pointed me in the right direction. As I said in my post, I had set the default link style on the Box Inspector and read all of the Guide on "Styling links". I was misled by the following on p.78: "You can also use the Default Styles section of the Box Inspector to define default link styles. You can define separate styles for normal links, visited links" etc. What it does not say is that the Normal style is not carried over to the Visited style, and I had already previewed the page. It seems one needs to reset everything (or at least Normal and one other). 


Re: Problem changing link colour

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi John,

The best way to set link styles for a particular box is to go to the Default Styles section in the Box Inspector and choose “Link” (and “Visited Link” etc.) from the Element popup. This will set up styles for links that are within a box.

You can also set link styles for pages (Default Styles in the Page Inspector) and documents (Default Styles in the Document Inspector).

There’s a step-by-step guide for setting link styles in the Xway Tutorial. This is available from the Xway Resources section of our website (click on Xway Resources in Xway’s Help menu). Search for “Link Styles”

For more information on link styles, click on “Xway User Guide” in Xway’s Help menu and search for “Styling links”.

Don’t forget that there are separate colours for unvisited links and visited links.

Jeremy

On 14 May 2020, at 12:52, John Whittaker <john@whittaker-language.co.uk> wrote:

On a particular page, within a text box, I need to change the colour of links so that they stand out more clearly against the text and the background. I have been trying this with Link Inspector -> Extended Attributes -> Text -> Text Color. This shows the required colour in the XWay WYSIWYG page but, on publishing, I am ending up with two different HTML strings.
This works perfectly:
text on page <a class="style2" href="https://address" title="Description"><span class="style2">Link text</span></a> page continues
This has no effect on the link colour, that goes to the default link colour elsewhere on the site:
text on page <a class="style2" href="https://address" title="Description">Link text</a> page continues
I am curious that exactly the same procedure in XWay has two quite different results. I have checked that it is not simply a matter of refreshing the browser. I have tried removing and replacing the link several times, publishing, previewing, saving each time. I reset the box default link style to the colour required and tried again. Looking at the page code, the quickest solution is to open up in BBEdit and add in <span class="style2"></span> around the link text, though I need to find out what I have been doing differently (and in at least 95% of attempts) to produce the HTML that is different from what I need.


Problem changing link colour

John Whittaker
 

On a particular page, within a text box, I need to change the colour of links so that they stand out more clearly against the text and the background. I have been trying this with Link Inspector -> Extended Attributes -> Text -> Text Color. This shows the required colour in the XWay WYSIWYG page but, on publishing, I am ending up with two different HTML strings.
This works perfectly:
text on page <a class="style2" href="https://address" title="Description"><span class="style2">Link text</span></a> page continues 
This has no effect on the link colour, that goes to the default link colour elsewhere on the site:
 text on page <a class="style2" href="https://address" title="Description">Link text</a> page continues
I am curious that exactly the same procedure in XWay has two quite different results. I have checked that it is not simply a matter of refreshing the browser. I have tried removing and replacing the link several times, publishing, previewing, saving each time. I reset the box default link style to the colour required and tried again. Looking at the page code, the quickest solution is to open up in BBEdit and add in <span class="style2"></span> around the link text, though I need to find out what I have been doing differently (and in at least 95% of attempts) to produce the HTML that is different from what I need. 


Re: Progress?

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Richard,

You can create flexible navigation boxes (as in b1), but we haven’t written a fully-fledged replacement for CSS menus yet.

Jeremy

On 7 May 2020, at 18:28, Richard Cacciato <rcacciato@blue-iceberg.com> wrote:

Hi Jeremy,

I hope you are all doing well given the pandemic.

I'm happy to hear that a new version is on its way. Will this version include responsive menus?

Thanks,

Richard


Re: Progress?

Richard Cacciato
 

Hi Jeremy,

I hope you are all doing well given the pandemic.

I'm happy to hear that a new version is on its way. Will this version include responsive menus? 

Thanks,

Richard


Re: Freeway files in Xway

Álvaro José de Regil Castilla
 

Thank you so much for your prompt reply Jeremy.

That's what I am currently doing, but hopefully next year we'll be able to transfer a few sites from Freeway to Xway and take advantage of all its benefits.

Álvaro


Re: Freeway files in Xway

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Álvaro,

We're still adding core functionality to Xway. We can't usefully read Freeway documents until we support most of the functionality that is in Freeway.

We are planning to do this, but it will take us some time to get there.

My advice would be to use Xway for new or redesigned sites, but to continue using Freeway for old sites.

Jeremy


Freeway files in Xway

Álvaro José de Regil Castilla
 

Hi Jeremy,

I've read that you are getting ready to release Beta 2.  Will it be able to open Freeway files and save them as Xway files with everything working?  I hope it will but if not, when do you foresee this happening?

Thanks!


Re: External CSS

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi John,

If you’ve changed a default style on a template page, then you wouldn’t want to turn on “Use Master Default Style” for the style you changed (because it would reset it back to the master default style).

Jeremy

On 7 May 2020, at 15:17, John Whittaker <john@whittaker-language.co.uk> wrote:

Many thanks for the pointer. The answer seems to be that, if using a non-publishing template to produce the other pages, "Use Master Default Style" is best left unchecked.

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