What bulleted text options exist in ToolBook

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QUESTION

What are the recommended ways of getting Bulleted Text into ToolBook?


ANSWER

There are various ways to get Bulleted Text into ToolBook and the primary methods are outlined below. Each of these ways differ and have various drawbacks and advantages in comparison to each other.

USING A STANDARD BULLET CHARACTER

If you simply need a quick list of text where each item in the list is only a few short words...you might want to consider just inserting a standard Bullet character. You can enter a bullet character followed by a few spaces.


FLY IN BULLETS

The ToolBook catalog contains two fly-in type bullets (Bullet Text Level 1, and Bullet Text Level 2, as found in the Action Objects category of the catalog), similar to what Power Point provides. These have the default behavior of disappearing at Reader Level and flying onto the page when you click on the page. Alternately they can be configured to stay on the page at all times and not perform this fly-in effect.


If you drop multiple copies of this object onto a page, they will neatly align themselves based on the position of the top-most item. If you move the top-most item, all will re-align themselves to keep in positional sync.


They also keep the first, and subsequent text lines of text, all nicely left-aligned.


   

GRAPHICS LIST

This catalog object (found in the Text Fields catalog category) has a built in Red-Colored bullet assigned to it, which will show itself at the beginning of each paragraph, unless you are at Author level.


At Author level the bullet hides itself so that you can freely enter text without the bullet getting in the way.


Unfortunately the second (and subsequent) textlines within a single word-wrapped paragraph will not align themselves to be flush left with the first character on the first line. In order to force this, you will need to manually enter Hard Returns (Shift-ENTER) at the end of your text lines and use spaces to push the subsequent lines over so that they appear to be left aligned.


   

UNORDERED LIST

This catalog object (found in the Text Fields catalog category) was added to give you access to the standard HTML feature of an Unordered List. This works by putting a bullet character at the beginning of each paragraph, no exception.


You will not see the bullet when you are entering text, as it only shows up in Reader level (and of course in DHTML).


You can create an indented bullet (second level) but putting a Tab (press CTRL-Tab to generate a tab within a field) at the beginning of a line.



   

USING FIELDS AND BUTTONS

One of the most common ways to get a bulleted list is to put a few fields on a page, and position an image next to each field where the bullet would need to go.


This is a great idea and is very flexible since you can use any image for the bullet and position it exactly where you want it. Many times a button (with an image applied to it) is used to host the image.


   


However, please note that the following method is not suggested as it typically results in slightly misaligned bullets, since the DHTML spacing between textlines is not guaranteed to match what ToolBook shows you because the rendering technology is different between ToolBook and the Browser application.


   



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