WD97: Using Relative Paths in HTML Files

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SUMMARY

This article discusses the Use Relative Paths option that is available when inserting a video clip or background sound into an HTML document. Another option, "Copy to Document Folder," can be used in conjunction with the Use Relative Paths option to get different types of file path functionality when inserting pictures and videos.

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The Use Relative Paths option and the Copy to Document Folder option can be found by clicking Video on the Insert menu, or by pointing to Background Sound on the Insert menu and clicking Properties.

Use Relative Path

When the Use Relative Paths option is enabled, the path to the video clip or background sound will contain only information about where the object is, relative to the HTML document the object is being inserted into.

For example:

Assume the HTML document is located on \\server\share\mydoc.html and assume the video clip is located one level deeper on \\server\share\videos\myvideo.avi.

Scenerio 1: Use Relative Path is Enabled

If the Use Relative Paths option is enabled, the HTML document will only contain path information for the video clip relative to the HTML document. In this case, the HTML code will be:
   Dynsrc="videos\myvideo.avi"
				
Scenerio 2: Use Relative Path is Disabled

If the Use Relative Paths option is disabled, the HTML document will contain complete path information for the video clip. In this case, the HTML code will be
   Dynsrc="\\server\share\videos\myvideo.avi"
				
If the HTML document is saved or copied to a new location, the video clip will not work in Scenerio 1 because the path to the video clip would now be incorrect. In Scenerio 2, the video clip would continue to work as long as the computer on which the HTML file is stored has access to the server where the video clip is located.

Copy to Document Folder

When the Copy to Document Folder option is enabled, the video clip or background sound will be copied to the same folder as the HTML file.

For example:

Assume the HTML document is located on \\server\share\mydoc.html and assume the video clip is located one level deeper on \\server\share\videos\myvideo.avi.

If the "Copy to Document Folder" option is enabled, the video clip will be copied to the \\server\share folder so that it will be in the same folder as the HTML document.

If the Use Relative Paths option is enabled, the HTML code will be
   Dynsrc="myvideo.avi"
				


If the Use Relative Paths option is disabled, the HTML code will contain the full path to the video clip:
   Dynsrc="\\server\share\myvideo.avi"
				

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Article ID: 162985 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
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  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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