Welcome to HoTMetaL PRO

Welcome to SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO, a professional HTML editor.

About this manual

This manual consists of the following chapters:

Using the manual

The `core' chapters of the manual are Getting started, the tutorial, Working with files, Marking up documents, and URLs.

If you've never used HoTMetaL PRO before, we strongly suggest that you work through the tutorial. We estimate that it will take about two and a half hours to complete the entire tutorial; if you do not need to do the Forms section, it should take about an hour and a half. If you want a quick introduction to the product, you can do just the first section of the tutorial, called Getting started: a basic document.

Even if you are familiar with HoTMetaL 2.0, you should read the Getting started, Core HTML and Extensions to HTML chapters to become familiar with changes to the HoTMetaL PRO user interface.

Throughout this manual, steps that you need to carry out in order to complete a task are marked with a solid bullet, i.e.:

On-line help and other useful resources

The following sources of information are available from the Help menu. Each item in the menu launches a browser displaying separate menu items, which contain links to the other resources.

CGI scripts

A number of sample CGI scripts can be found in the cgi directory within the HoTMetaL PRO installation directory. Each script comes with an explanatory readme file.

Sounds and images

The m_media and images directories within the HoTMetaL PRO installation directory contain a large number of sound and image files, respectively. All of these files are in the public domain and can be used freely in web pages.


If you would like to read some comments from satisfied HoTMetaL PRO users, browse the testimon directory within the misc directory.