ASCII (table)
ASCII is an acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. It assigns a number to represent letters, numbers and symbols which is used by most computers.
That part of a node which stores data. The contents of the article are visible in the article pane. See Articles introduced.
auto-starting a file
Double-clicking a TreePad data file in Windows Explorer to start the application (TreePad PLUS) with it. This is the reverse of starting the application first and then opening the document file within it. Also known as the document-centric approach.
bidirectional link
A pair of hyperlinks in opposite directions between two nodes. Creating a back link as well as a forward link will tell you at a glance which other nodes contain hyperlinks to the current node, a great help in hyperlink maintenance.
A type of logical algebra used in programming logic and search programs. Joins items into phrases using constructions such as AND, OR and NOT.
box icon
A small icon containing a "+" or a "-" sign, appearing to the left of the node icon in the Tree pane. If the node is part of a subtree, clicking this box toggles between expanding and collapsing the subtree. See Expanding and collapsing subtrees.
Applied to an icon, button or toolbutton, meaning that clicking this region causes an event, as opposed to nothing happening.
context menu
A menu which appears when you right-click a particular part of the TreePad window. e.g., right-clicking the Tree pane produces the Tree context menu. Context menus are also known as popup menus.
cursor keys
These are also known as arrow keys but have been called cursor keys since they are used to steer the cursor (which determines where the focus lies) around the Tree pane, Article pane and up and down the Main menu submenus. On the standard keyboard they are located in a group to the right of the main keys. The basic cursor keys are Left, Right, Up, Down, Home, End, PageUp  and PageDown.
A character which delimits (marks the limits of) a group of characters within a longer string. E.g., we can tell where a word begins and ends by the presence of a space before and after the word. In this case, a space is used as a delimiter. Since hyperlinks may contain spaces, some other character has to be used as a delimiter. In this case, the double quote (") has been chosen.
dialog window
A window which enables you to carry out a dialog (2-way conversation) with the program, in other words, issue commands and receive feedback about a particular subject. The Search tree and the Insert hyperlink windows are examples of dialog windows.
drag, drag-and-drop
Dragging the mouse cursor means left-clicking on an object to select it, then, keeping the left mouse button depressed, moving the mouse cursor so that either the object follows it or the text over which the cursor passes becomes highlighted. Drag-and-drop applies to objects which can be moved, such as nodes or images. After dragging the object to its new position, release the left mouse button to drop the object onto its new location.
The path Windows takes to find a particular file, i.e., the location of the file on your computer, starting from the root directory of  the hard disk on which it is located. Depending on the context, the term may include the file itself or simply the path leading up to it.
This describes that part of the program which is currently active. E.g., when the Tree pane is the active pane, the current node is highlighted. We say that the current node has the focus. The focus may lie in the Tree pane or the Article pane, but not both simultaneously. To give something the focus means to select it with either the mouse or keyboard, in order to work with it.
When used here, it means "throughout the whole file". E.g. globally replacing one word with another includes replacing all occurrences of it wherever it appears - in the Tree node captions, in any articles and in any other panes.
See menu access key
installation directory
The Windows directory (folder) where you install TreePad PLUS. This directory contains treepadplus.exe (the main program) as well as any extra files needed to run it.
key macro program
Any independent program which you can use to customize your keyboard by creating macros (programmable sequences of actions) for individual keys or groups of keys. E.g.,
you might use it to temporarily program the F1 key to execute the TreePad PLUS menu access key sequence Alt+O,C,T (which converts all text in an article to plain text) at a time when you need to carry this out frequently. Shorthand for Windows is one example of many key macro programs available on the Internet.
keyboard shortcut
A sequence of keys which, when pressed, executes a command. It is not connected with a menu. See Making it all happen, also Keyboard shortcuts. Compare menu access key.
lossy and lossless image formats
Lossy images lose quality (i.e. suffer image degradation) each time they are copied, since some image information is lost each time this happens. JPEG (.jpg) image format is a lossy format, yet these images are used because their file sizes, being small, do not delay download when they are used on Web pages. Lossless image formats such as BMP and TIFF preserve all the information when copied, but the price paid for this is a much larger file size.
macro, keyboard
See key macro program
many-to-many (tree)
Not only may a parent node have more than one child node, but a child node may have more than one parent node. Compare one-to-many.
menu access key
A sequence of keys which, when pressed, executes a command. It opens a succession of menus. See Making it all happen. Compare keyboard shortcut.
Structural unit within a TreePad file identified by a title, unique ID and user data attached as an article. Nodes collectively form the tree which is displayed in the Tree pane.
node icon
A small icon between the box icon and the node title in the Tree pane. See Node icons.
one-to-many (tree)
One in which a parent node may have more than one child node, but a child node may have only one parent node. This is the way in which a TreePad file is structured, and, indeed, most real trees. Compare many-to-many.
A contraction of Picture Element. A screen display is composed of a large number of pixels, which appear as tiny dots of different colors. The greater the number, the more detail can be displayed.
plain text
Text created with the same font and color as the default font. See Article formats.
popup menu
See context menu
rich text
Text created with any attributes outside those of plain text. See Article formats.
root node
A node in the tree which has one or more child nodes attached to it. If it is the first (highest) node in the tree it is termed here the Root node.
Part of the main tree, consisting of a root node with one or more child nodes attached to it. Its root node is referred to as the subtree root node.
In computing, this term means the exact format that a command has to take, i.e., the "grammar" of a command.
In newsgroups and forums, a chain of postings, initiated by a statement or request for advice and followed by a string of replies.
Toggling means that the same action turns an effect ON if it is currently OFF, or OFF if it is currently ON. Repeatedly pressing the same key or clicking the same toolbutton may be used to toggle an action or state.
A square or rectangular clickable control located on a toolbar and bearing a distinctive icon which identifies its purpose. The title (and keyboard shortcut, if available) of each toolbutton can be displayed by allowing the mouse cursor to hover over the toolbutton, when the the information will be displayed in a tooltip appearing beneath the toolbutton. See Toolbars.
See toolbutton.
Universal Resource Locator, used to mean a Web address usually starting with http:⁄⁄, ftp:⁄⁄, www., etc. E.g.,
That area of the tree or Article panes not occupied by text, images or other objects. Clicking whitespace gives that particular pane the focus.
An acronym for eXtensible Markup Language, which is used in TreeBook templates.
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