XML at UNC: NoteTab

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NoteTab Tour

Open NoteTab from start menu or from a NoteTab icon (if any) on your desktop. If you are asked if you want to accept revisions that have been made by another application or user, say yes.

At the top of the screen, you should see:

  • the standard Windows bar, starting with File and ending with Help.
  • an icon bar that starts with a blank page. These icons have mouse-over captions that tell you what they do. Become familiar with these; you'll use them extensively, especially the:
    • disk (save);
    • closed folder with left-angled arrow (close file);
    • W (word-wrap toggle);
    • the thing that looks like a rattle, but which is probably meant to look like the world on a stick (view in browser);
    • ABC checkmark (spell checker).

There may be other icon bars open that you may chose to close.

In NoteTab, open documents are accessible via file name tabs that appear below the icon bar(s). Upon opening, you'll probably see a file name tab with a grayed-out disk icon and the title NoName01.xml, which represents the open blank document that's in the document window (the large window below the file name tab and to the right). You may have more than one document open at a time; click the appropriate file name tab to access open documents.

You'll be writing your finding aid (sometimes called FAID within NoteTab) in the document window. Notice that each line in the document window is numbered. More about that later.

Below the file name tab, you'll find the clip library name area. In NoteTab, clip libraries are made up of individual clips (often called macros in other software packages). Some clips generate fill-in-the-blank dialog boxes; others print snippets of standard markup into your document. You will use both types of clips to write your finding aid.

The uncead2002 clip library contains most of the clips you'll need to write your finding aid. It should be the active clip library when you open NoteTab.

Below the clip library name area is a long, skinny clip library sidebar where all the clips available through the active clip library are listed. You should see UNC-CH EAD 2002 Clip Library and the most recent revision date in red. Below this, the clips are neatly arranged in groups according to where and how they're used to create the finding aid. Individual clips can be added or deleted as necessary. See CREATE A FINDING AID for when and how to use the clips and other templates.

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