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Types of EclipseCrossword puzzle web pages

EclipseCrossword lets you save your puzzles as four different types of web pages that you can put on your blog or website, or send through email.  Each one has its uses, but the one that you'll probably find most useful is the "interactive with JavaScript" style.  For step-by-step instructions on how to save your puzzle as that type of web page, see the article Creating interactive crossword puzzle web pages using JavaScript.  The instructions on creating the other types of puzzle web pages are almost exactly the same.

So, why would you want to use one of the other types of web pages?  This should clear things up.  There are two different categories: interactive, and printable.  If you want people to be able to solve your puzzle right on their computer, choose an interactive web page.  If you want people to be able to print them and solve them with a pencil, choose a printable (non-interactive) type of web page—the interactive ones will look weird if printed.  Or, if you run a website, consider providing both, and then everyone's happy.

Interactive with JavaScript

"Interactive with JavaScript" puzzles are the most common and popular.  These web pages let your friends solve your crossword puzzles right on their computers.  They work well with almost every web browser in use today, and they look pretty snazzy (and if you know a bit about web page design, you can even customize how they look).  Clicking the "Interactive with JavaScript" link gets you a single HTML file that you can put on your website.  (JavaScript is not the same as Java, and these pages won't require the Java plugin.)

Printable empty grid and clues

This is the type of web page you want if you want something that your friends or visitors can print out and solve by hand with a pencil.  The crossword grid and clues are all on one page, ready for printing.  Printable web pages work in any browser.

Printable answer key grid

This type of web page is just a printable answer key.  There are no clues.


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