Adding a Web Object

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A Web Object, simply put, is any content that can be contained in a Web page. Web Objects can be used for inserting existing Web pages into your presentation, thereby allowing you to leverage previously created content. For example, you can integrate your company’s intranet, or incorporate a Web page that contains video, animation, assessments, or any other content relevant to your presentation. You can also insert an entire pre-existing Web site into your presentation.

Web Objects can be displayed in two different ways:

  • Display in slide: This will insert your Web Object directly within your slide. You can think of this method as inserting a mini browser within your slide from which your viewer will see the Web content.
  • Display in a new browser window: This method will cause a new browser window to open independently of your slide.

Regardless of which display type you choose, your users will be able to interact with your Web Object just as they would from a Web browser. You can insert only one Web Object per slide. You will be able to view your Web Object when you preview or publish your presentation.

To add a Web Object to your course:

  1. Select Articulate --> Web Object to launch the Insert Web Object dialog.
  2. Enter a Web address (URL) of your Web Object; you can enter the Web address in one of two ways, depending on the type of Web Object you are inserting:
    • To create a Web Object based on a link to an existing URL, type the URL manually or copy (Ctrl-C) and paste (Ctrl-V) the URL.
    • If the Web Object you want to insert is a pre-existing Web site stored locally on your computer, and you want to insert the entire site into your presentation instead of linking to the site, you can browse (click the folder icon to the right of the Address field) to locate the folder containing the site and select the folder. The folder must contain an index.htm or an index.html file.
  3. Optionally, click the Test Link button to test the link in your browser.
  4. Choose how you want to display your Web Object:
    • Display in slide: The Web Object will display as a slide within the context of your course.
    • Display in a new browser window: The Web Object will launch in a new window when your users arrive at the slide containing the Web Object.
  5. Specify how this Web Object should behave:
    • Advance to the next slide (slide display only): Choose whether users should advance to the next slide When user clicks next or Automatically when the slide reaches the end of the slide.
    • Browser controls (new window only): Specify whether you want the window containing your Web Object to display All browser controls, No address bar, or No browser controls.
    • Window size (slide display): Choose whether your Web Object should take up the Full Slide, or specify Custom width and height dimensions (in pixels) of your Web Object. After your Web Object placeholder is created, you can also resize it on your PowerPoint slide.
    • Window size (new window): Choose whether your Web Object should display at the Default size, Full Screen, or Custom (specify width and height dimensions in pixels).
    • Show after X seconds: Specify how soon after your slide loads that your Web Object should appear. If you would like there to be a delay between your slide loading and your Web Object appearing, enter the number of seconds you want the delay to be. The default is 0 seconds, which means that your Web Object will appear immediately.
  6. Click Save to add your Web Object to your slide.

If you choose to display your Web Object in the Articulate Player, a Web Object placeholder will be inserted on your slide. When you preview or publish your Web Object, it will appear where the placeholder is. You may position or resize this placeholder anywhere on the slide that you want your Web Object to appear.

If you choose your Web Object to display in new browser window, no Web Object placeholder will be inserted, but an Internet Explorer icon will be inserted on the bottom right-hand corner of the slide. You can position this icon anywhere on the slide. The icon is for your reference only to indicate that a Web Object has been inserted. It will not appear when you previewed or publish your presentation.

To remove a Web Object from your course:

  1. Click the Web Object placeholder.
  2. Press Delete on your keyboard or right-click and select Cut (or Ctrl-X).