I've put HyperView, the new hypertexting program, up for downloading. It's a brand-new program, so you may run into some glitches, but I've tested it pretty well, so it ought to work. It's a great tool for hypertexting, because it has a built-in dictionary and all sorts of custom commands for making hyperlinks.

Installing HyperView

Java Runtime Environment

HyperView is written in Java, so in order to use it, you have to install Java 1.4.1. First download Java. You'll need to go to Sun's Java download page. You will see a table with a bunch of different versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Java Software Development Kit (SDK). All you need is the runtime environment for Windows - the version marked U.S. English Only is fine, or if you think you might want to use other languages, you can download the one that includes all languages.

So click on the DOWNLOAD link under JRE either to the right of Windows (U.S. English Only) or Windows (all languages, including English). This will bring you to a web page that displays a license agreement for the version of JRE that you're downloading. You should read over any license agreement you're agreeing to, but this one happens to be very reasonable. If you agree to the license, click on the Accept button at the bottom of the page.

This will bring you to a page with a link in the center that says Download j2re-1_4_1_02-windows-i586.exe. Click on that link, and the download will start. Once the download's done, there should be a file, j2re-1_4_1_02-windows-i586.exe, on your computer wherever you told your web browser to store it. Double-click on that to start the install. The installation process should be pretty self-explanatory.

Jim Valby's Dictionary

HyperView uses Jim Valby's dictionary, so you need to download the Jim Valby dictionary files. For these, download JimValby.exe. Once the download is complete, you should have a copy of JimValby.exe wherever you downloaded it. To install, double-click on it and it will walk you through the installation process. Unless you have some good reason to change them, just accept the default settings that are offered.


Now, finally, you're ready to install HyperView. Download HyperView-0.2.exe. When the download is complete, you should have a copy of HyperView.exe. This is another Windows installer, so just double-click on HyperView-0.2.exe to start the install, and it will install HyperView.

In order to use HyperView, you need something to hypertext. You will eventually have to ask for an assignment, but to familiarize yourself with HyperView we have a sample file that you can try. Download the file, kyamdro.hyp. Remember where you downloaded it so that you can open it in HyperView.

When you installed HyperView, it stored a bunch of programs and data in C:\Program Files\HyperView, and also put an icon on your desktop. The icon looks like this:

HyperView Icon

Double-click on the HyperView icon. This starts HyperView. HyperView will probably take a little while to start, so don't panic if you don't get immediate feedback. When HyperView has started, you should see a dialog box that lets you configure your preferences. The default preferences should be okay - if you just click on OK, it should work.

HyperView will pause for a while and then bring up a big window that's split in the middle. Now you can use the File->Open menu to load in your file. Find kyamdro.hyp in the Open dialog box and open it.

To get started with hypertexting, read over the Hypertexting tutorial. You should probably reread it later when you run into trouble, or just for review.

Once you've loaded the demo, and you want to start hypertexting, you can do a few things. If you highlight some Tibetan and type CTRL+D, it will pop up a definition in the right window. If you highlight either Tibetan or English and type CTRL+',', it will start a hyperlink. If you highlight some more text and type CTRL+'.', it will link the text you've highlighted to the previous hyperlink.

CTRL+S saves your work. You should do this frequently - HyperView is brand new, and we can't promise that it's perfect yet.

If you run into trouble, please tell us about it. You can report problems in the HyperText topic of the Diamond Mountain Electronic Sangha Bulletin Board. HyperView is new, and it's quite likely that it will do things that strike you as incorrect. We need to hear about these, so that we can smooth out the user experience and fix any outright bugs that you run into.

Also, if you had trouble with these installation instructions, please let us know what you had trouble with, so that we can make them more clear. If you have questions about Hypertexting, please ask them. The Diamond Mountain bulletin board is the place to do it.


The HyperView project is maintained using a free service called SourceForge. SourceForge is a huge repository of free, open-source software of which HyperView is a tiny little part. SourceForge.net Logo