Many commands in Amaya act on the current selection. You can make a
selection using the keyboard or the mouse, as described below.
No matter how you make the current selection, Amaya displays the type of
the first selected element at the bottom of the window, preceded by the types
of the enclosing elements in the structure. This may be helpful when the
document structure is complex.
For example, selecting a word in this sentence displays the following
message in the status bar:
html > body > div > p
meaning that the selection is within a
p element, which is
div element in the
body of the
html document. This sequence of element names is called a
Selecting this character string (for example click on the
word "character") displays
html > body > div > p > strong
Selecting with the mouse
- To set the insertion point, click with the left mouse button.
- To select some text, drag across a region: hold down the left mouse
button, move the mouse, and release the button when the desired text is
- To select an entire word, double-click on any character of the word.
- To select a whole element such as this list item, click its bullet or
- To extend the selection, click with the left mouse button while holding
down the Shift key.
- To select a structure element, click within the element you want and
then select the desired structure level via the keyboard as described below
Selecting in the status bar
Selecting with the keyboard
Selecting a structure element
- Press the F2 key to select the parent element in the
document structure. Press that key several times to select ancestors (and
everything in them) up the structure towards the root.
- Press Shift-F2 to select the first child of the current
- Press F4 to select the next element at the same level
(sibling), or at the level of the parent element if there is no next
sibling at the current level.
- Press Shift-F4 to select the previous element at the same
level (sibling), or at the level of the parent element if there is no
previous sibling at the current level.
Moving the insertion point
- To move the insertion point locally, use the four arrow keys. If there
is no insertion point, one is set at the top left corner of the
- To move the insertion point to the beginning or the end of the line,
use keys Home and End respectively.
- To move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous or next
word, use keys Ctrl-← and Ctrl-→.
Extending/shrinking the selection
- To extend or shrink the current selection, use the Shift key
together with the arrow keys (Shift-←,
- To extend the current selection to the beginning of the previous word
or to the end of the next word, use Shift-Ctrl-← and
Moving across the document
- To scroll the document one line up or down, use Ctrl-↑
- To skip to the befinning or the end of the document, use
Ctrl-Home and Ctrl-End.
To select an entire image:
- Click and drag anywhere within the image, and then release the mouse
button. Be sure not to drag outside the image before releasing the
- Use the copy, cut, and paste commands to move or duplicate the image
element along with all its attributes.
To place the cursor to the left or to the right
of an image:
- Click the left part of an image to move the cursor to the left edge of
that image. This enables you to type text before the image.
- Click the right part of an image to move the cursor to the right side
of that image. This enables you to type text after the image.
Note: When using the arrow keys,
the cursor moves to one side of the image, and then to the other side.
Selecting in the structure view
The Structure view is especially convenient for
quickly selecting large elements or groups of elements within a document.
To select an element in the Structure view:
- There are three ways to select a large element like a complex table or
a long list with a single click: Click the blue label that represents the
element, click the name of any of its attributes, or click the blue
vertical line associated with that element.
To select a character or a text string:
- Click a character in the Structure view to select only that character.
To select a text string, click and drag across the text.
To select an attribute value:
- In the Structure view, attribute values that can be edited from the
keyboard are displayed in purple. Click and drag across the attribute
value to select it. You cannot extend this text selection outside the
attribute value, but you can edit the value.