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Chapter 14. Adding an HTML Menu System

Chapter 14. Adding an HTML Menu System

In This Chapter

  • Determining whether your disc needs a menu

  • Adding menus to a DVD

  • Introducing HTML as a menu language

  • Designing a menu system

  • Comparing HTML creation software

  • Project: Building an HTML Menu

In Chapter 9, you learned how to add labels and jewel case inserts to enhance the appearance of your discs—with a good labeling program such as CD Label Creator, you can produce a professional-looking CD-ROM that will impress your friends, co-workers, and customers.

To be honest, however, that's just the outside of your project! As the old adage goes, “You can't tell a book by its cover”—even the nicest-looking project disc can suffer from bad organization and a lack of those user-friendly convenience features that are common among software that's commercially produced. For example, if you're distributing MP3 music files, you might want a button on your disc that installs those music files to the computer's hard drive.

You can help prevent “data chaos” by using folders and the common-sense guidelines I covered in Chapter 3 (in the section titled “Organizing Files”), but what if the person who'll be using your disc has no computer experience at all? If you're a software developer, you'll probably design and write a custom menu system using Visual Basic, C, or REALbasic that will make the disc easy to use and navigate…but what if you have no programming skills? You may end up shaking your head and giving up entirely on adding any menu system to your discs.

Luckily, there is a solution to this problem that I've been using since the early 1990s! It requires no computer programming degree or expensive software, and it allows you to create an easy-to-use, fully featured menu system that will run on virtually any PC with Windows. What's my secret? It's HTML—the Hypertext Markup Language—that's used to create the billions of Web pages on the Internet.

In this chapter, I'll provide all the information you need to understand when and why you should add an HTML menu to your discs—as well as why you shouldn't use HTML with every disc you record. I'll discuss the guidelines you should consider while designing your menus. I'll provide you with a comparison of HTML page creation programs, then I'll demonstrate how you can use Netscape Composer to produce your menu system.



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