Adding Books to Coda

11 Nov 2008

Here’s a feature introduced in Coda 1.5 that might be new to you (after all the big focus of that release was SVN integration and global find/replace). The new books feature allows you to add new online reference and even reset the defaults if you wish.

Let’s take Sitepoint’s excellent CSS reference as the example:

  1. First, Command-6 to go to the books view, and click the add icon bottom left. In the sheet that appears, enter the title and URL (e.g http://reference.sitepoint.com/css). You can also drag in an image to represent it (which looks rather sexy).
  2. Next, in the ‘use for mode’, select the language it references if it’s available. In this example, ‘CSS’, which will override the default choice.
  3. Finally, add the search URL. You can easily discover this by searching for * on the site in question and copying the resulting URL.

Now if there is a CSS property I want more information on, I can either search within the books view in Coda, or select the property in code view and choose ‘Look up in Reference Books’ from the context menu. This is something I do a lot, mainly to check the support for the property in other browsers.

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