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Creating interactive crossword puzzle web pages using JavaScript

You can use EclipseCrossword to save interactive crossword puzzle web pages that can be solved right in a web browser.  Web pages are a great way to share your puzzles with your friends, coworkers, or students.  You can send web pages through email, but if you want people everywhere in the world to be able to use your puzzles, you'll need to get your web pages hosted on a website.

Tip: If you don't have a website yet, but want one, see our topic on getting a website.

Step 1—Creating or opening your crossword puzzle

You can save any crossword puzzle you create in EclipseCrossword as an interactive web page.  First, create a puzzle, or open an existing one.

Step 2—Open the web page options

From the page where you can preview your puzzle, click Next to get to the page with the saving and printing options.  (If you just created this puzzle, be sure to click Save crossword to save it before you continue, if you ever want to be able to make changes.)  Then, click the Save as a web page tab to get to the web page options.

The preview page. The saving and printing options. 

Step 3—Save the web page file

From the Save as a web page tab, click Interactive with JavaScript to save your web page file.  You'll be asked for a file name; you can name your web page whatever you like.  Click Save.

After you click Save, your web page will be immediately opened in your web browser for you to preview.

Important: If you're using a recent version of Internet Explorer, the crossword puzzle may not appear properly when you view it on your own computer.  This is a security measure to protect against malicious web pages, but you know that this one is safe.  To preview your puzzle in Internet Explorer, click the yellow Information Bar at the top of the window, and then click Enable Active Content.  This will only happen when the web page is saved to your computer; when you post it on the web or email it, other people will not experience this.

Step 4—Email or upload your web page

Now you've got an interactive web page file.  The final step is to email it or upload it to your web page so that other people can enjoy it.

Emailing a crossword web page

You can email your crossword puzzle web page to your friends the same way you attach other files to email, such as photos.  The exact steps needed to do this depend on which program or website you use to read and send email.

Uploading a crossword web page to your website

You can upload this web page to your web server just like any other web page.  You might need to use FTP software to upload your page, or you might be able to do it through a web interface.  Unfortunately the steps will differ based on who hosts your website, so for help uploading web pages to your server, please get in contact with them.

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