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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     webjumper - tool to make URL icons	(jumpsites) for	the World Wide Web

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/sbin/webjumper [ jumpsiteFile1 ... jumpsiteFileN ]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The WebJumper tool	lets users create and modify "webjumper" or "jumpsite"
     icons.  A jumpsite	is a three-line	text file containing an	SGI
     designator, an optional description, and an URL.  Opening (doubleclicking)
 a jumpsite will cause a specific	World Wide Web site to appear
     in	the user's default Web browser,	such as	Netscape or Mosaic.

     WebJumper can be launched from the	toolchest (Internet > Create a
     WebJumper)	or from	a Unix shell command line.  Like most applications,
     WebJumper's icon can be found in the icon catalog.	 It resides on the
     WebTools page, along with icons for WebMagic, Netscape, and some preset
     jumpsites to interesting locations.  To access these icons, type iconbook
     at	the command line and click the WebTools	tab or,	from the Find
     toolchest,	select WebTools.


     Users can create webjumpers without using the WebJumper application.
     Webjumpers	can be created simply by selecting and pasting URL text.  Use
     the mouse pointer to select any URL, then paste it	to the desktop,	a
     dirview, or iconbook.

     For example, select the following URL by clicking the first mouse button
     and dragging across this text:


     Then click	the middle mouse button	on the desktop background.  A
     webjumper icon named PastedURL will be created.  The IRIX 6.3/6.4/6.5
     Interactive Desktop must be running to see	this behavior.	See the	IID(1)
     man page for more information.

     The old (pre-IRIX 6.3) method for creating	webjumpers uses	the WebJumper
     application.  In the main WebJumper window, the user can type a
     description of a Web site (ex., Silicon Surf at SGI), the Uniform
     Resource Locator (URL) for	the site (ex., http://www.sgi.com), and	the
     name of the jumpsite to create (ex., surf).  The Location text field
     ignores newline and space characters, so users can	paste into the
     Location field without needing to edit the	pasted text.

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     Pressing the Save button creates the jumpsite in the user's default
     jumpsites directory, which	is initially a directory called	web in the
     user's home directory.  (If there already exists a	file called web,
     WebJumper will prompt the user for	a new name for the default jumpsites
     directory.)  A line of text above the icon	panel updates to provide
     feedback indicating success or failure of the save.

     Note: Jumpsite icons should not be	created	with ".html" at	the end	of the
     filename because this may cause the desktop to identify the icon type as
     an	HTML document instead of an SGI	jumpsite.  These icons will not	behave
     as	normal jumpsites.  WebJumper will suggest a new	name if	the user tries
     to	create a jumpsite whose	name has an ".html" suffix.

     The icon for the new jumpsite also	appears	in the WebJumper panel.	 It
     can be dragged out	onto the desktop, or opened in place.  The icon	will
     not appear	in the WebJumper window	the next time the user runs webjumper,
     but the icon will still exist in the user's default jumpsites directory.

     Pressing the Options button brings	up a panel that	allows the user	to
     choose a default Web browser, to specify a	default	directory into which
     their created jumpsites should be placed, and to toggle on	or off the
     optional description field	in the main WebJumper window.  Initially,
     WebJumper uses Netscape as	the default browser, and a directory called
     web in the	user's home directory as the default jumpsites directory.
     This directory is like an iconic hotlist.	By changing the	default
     jumpsites directory in the	Options	panel, users can create	another
     hotlist directory or choose an existing other directory to	which they
     want to add new jumpsites.

     Pressing the View button (available in WebJumper 1.0.1 and	later
     revisions)	will bring up an IRIX Interactive Desktop directory view of
     the default jumpsites directory, showing all jumpsites the	user has
     created.  Users can then create folders and drop jumpsites	into the
     folders to	organize their jumpsites.  From	the directory view, the
     jumpsites can be viewed as	icons, in a list, or in	columns.  They can
     also be removed, renamed, copied and otherwise manipulated.

     When jumpsite icons are dropped on	the WebJumper icon, webjumper launches
     and allows	the user to view or edit fields	for each of the	selected
     icons.  WebJumper can be opened for editing icons in two other ways as
     well: (1) Select a	set of jumpsite	icons, press the right-mouse button
     and select	Edit off the menu.  (2)	At the IRIX command line, type
     webjumper followed	by the filenames of the	jumpsites to edit.  To edit a
     jumpsite icon in the WebJumper panel, click on it,	modify its fields,
     then press	Save.

     When jumpsite icons are dropped on	the netscape icon, Netscape launches
     and downloads the World Wide Web sites specified in the jumpsites.	 With
     SGI's point-and-click HTML	editor,	WebMagic, users	can create links to
     Web sites in their	HTML documents by dropping jumpsite icons representing
     those sites into an open webmagic window (see WebMagic documentation for

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     more information).

     In	IRIX 6.2, opening a jumpsite icon that points to a VRML	or Inventor
     location will cause the 3D	data to	be downloaded directly into the
     WebSpace viewer.  In IRIX 6.3 and later releases, VRML or Inventor
     jumpsites will load through Netscape using	the Cosmoplayer	plug-in.

     In	releases after IRIX 6.2, WebJumper has the ``runonce'' feature,
     meaning only one instance of the application will run at one time.
     Attempting	to launch the application a second time	will have the effect
     of	deiconifying the application window or popping it to the top on	the
     current desk.

     For more information about	the entire IRIX	Interactive Desktop
     environment and about the XUSERFILESEARCHPATH environment variable, see
     the IID(1)	man page.

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     WebJumper reads and writes	resource information to	$HOME/.desktop-
     <hostname>/Webjumper (note	the lowercase "j") where $HOME is the user's
     home directory and	<hostname> is the name of the host machine.  WebJumper
     has two resources:	showDescription	(True or False)	controls whether the
     description field appears in the WebJumper	window,	and
     defaultJumpsitesDir (set to some path) controls the directory in which
     jumpsites will be created.

     The user's	choice of default Web browser is applied to a desktop
     environment variable called WEBBROWSER.  The value	of this	variable is
     recorded in the file $HOME/.desktop-<hostname>/desktopenv so it will be
     remembered	between	sessions.  Users can also choose their default Web
     browser from the Utilities	customization panel, available from the
     Desktop toolchest,	then Customize.	 For more information about how	the
     Utilities panel interacts with WebJumper, see the dtUtilities(1)
     reference page.

     New jumpsites will	be placed in the default directory.  This directory
     will be $HOME/web/	until the user changes it from the Options button.

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NOTES    [Toc]    [Back]

     Because Netscape 2.X and later releases use locked	caches,	jumpsite icons
     attempt to	open their URLs	through	a running Netscape process, using
     Netscape's	-remote	"openURL(URL, new-window)" interface.  However,	it is
     possible for Netscape to quit or to not be	fully started at the same time
     a jumpsite	is attempting to load its URL.	In this	case, Netscape will
     fail to load the URL because the -remote interface	does not start a new
     Netscape process if one is	not already running.  A	second try to open the
     jumpsite will usually succeed.  If	users never quit Netscape during their
     login session, they can minimize the possibility of seeing	these errors.

     If	users run webjumper remotely, icons they create	will be	placed on the
     remote machine in their default directory.

AVAILABILITY    [Toc]    [Back]

     In	the WebFORCE and Desktop Special Edition releases, webjumper is	in the
     netscape.sw.webjumper subsystem.  In other	releases, it is	in the
     desktop_eoe.sw.envm subsystem.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     webmagic(1), netscape(1), IID(1), webspace(1), dirview(1X), iconbook(1),

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Steve Yohanan, Rebecca Underwood

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