|AlphaNet is a compact menu
system whose speciality is to sort its entries alphabetically. Up to 1000 entries can be
placed on the menu, each linking to its own URL and frame target. The alphabetical method
of organizing links has two particular uses. First, it's an ideal way to present a list of
links with well-known names (such as software products, film titles, countries, brand
names). Second, you can create multiple links to the same page using different
keyword-based text for each, thus providing a 'searchable' index of your site that should
help everyone find what they're looking for.
second scenario, AlphaNet has another useful trick. Instead of entering a separate URL
parameter for every text entry on the menu, you instead just enter each individual URL
once. You then specify which URL each entry should use by its numerical reference. Along
with speeding up the process of coding the page, this makes quite a difference to the size
of the finished document.
AlphaNet has a variety of color and reactivity options,
including a 'sticky' option to indicate the last-selected entry, and the font is
user-definable. The scrollbar is added to the applet only if it contains more entries than
can be shown. Along with the alphabetizing of the entries, much of the setting up is
automated, and a Testmode feature tells you the best possible dimensions for the applet to
ensure a clean display without wasting real estate.
AlphaNet also includes options that allow separate
alphabetical groups of entries to be gathered together (effectively forming multiple
alphabetical lists), and non-reactive 'splitters' can be placed anywhere on the menu.