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Bookmark

A browser allows you to store names and locations of interesting sites in bookmark collections. Each bookmark marks a location of interest and allows you to return quickly to the location you marked.

To save a bookmark with the Netscape Communicator browser, load the page for which you want to add the bookmark. Then click on the Bookmarks tool located on the Netscape Communicator Location Tool Bar, and select Add Bookmark from the list that appears. Alternately, you can select Bookmarks, then Add Bookmark from the Communicator menu (see Menu Bar). This adds the title of the page where you are currently located as a menu item in the Bookmarks menu. To return to a bookmarked page, simply open the Bookmarks menu and click on the page title.

The Internet Explorer browser calls bookmarks Favorites. To save a bookmark with the Internet Explorer browser, load the page for which you want to add the bookmark. Then select Add to Favorites from the Favorites menu (see Menu Bar). This adds the title of the page where you are currently located as a menu item in the Favorites menu. To return to a bookmarked page, simply open the Favorites menu and click on the page title.

In the ORPS GUI, static pages can be bookmarked. However, dynamically created search and reports pages cannot be recovered with the bookmark feature of the browser. Search criteria can be saved to recover this type of information.

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Browser

Browsers (or Web browsers) are software programs (e.g., Netscape or Internet Explorer) that allow you to retrieve documents on the World Wide Web and follow hyperlinks (or links) from document to document. Access to the ORPS Graphical User Interface is provided by a browser.

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Check Boxes

Check boxes allow you to select one or more items/options. Options are selected (or deselected) by clicking with the left mouse button on the check box. Selected options appear with a check mark inside the box. In the ORPS Graphical User Interface, check boxes are used to specify criteria for search and report options.

Exclusions Checkboxes

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Client/Server

The Internet uses something called client/server technology. A client computer requests information from another computer and a server provides information to another computer. In some cases, a computer can be both a client and a server.

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Command Buttons

A command button initiates the process associated with selections that are made on each search or report screen. Command buttons are used within the ORPS Graphical User Interface to initiate search and report operations and reset selections on a page. For example, clicking the Refine search and specify values command button on the Specify New Database Search Criteria page recreates the page to reflect selection areas for the selected search fields. This allows you to refine the search profile by defining field values.

Command Buttons

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Copy

Selected (see Select) text can be copied into a temporary location (called the Clipboard) by selecting Copy from the Edit menu on the browser Menu Bar or by doing a [CTRL+C].

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Cut

Selected (see Select) text can be removed from local files only and copied into a temporary location (called the Clipboard) by selecting Cut from the Edit menu on the browser Menu Bar or by doing a [CTRL+X].

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Download

Download refers to transferring (copying) files to your computer from a remote computer system. Some browsers (Netscape) must be configured to download specific application files, while other browsers (Internet Explorer) are pre-configured to download files for applications found on your computer.

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Edit Box

An edit (or text) box lets you type in free-form text (see graphic below). Click inside the edit box with the left mouse button and type the text. If the text already in the box is selected (see Select), anything you type will replaces the selected text. You may also delete the highlighted text by pressing the delete or backspace key.

In the ORPS Graphical User Interface, edit boxes are used to enter text for narrative searches, enter the name for a search profile or user defined report (so that you may save it), name reports, specify boolean logic, and change defaults.

Narrative Field Edit Box
Narrative Field Edit Box
To use the Narrative Edit Boxes, select any Narrative field and click Refine Search and Specify Values. An edit box such as the one displayed above will be displayed. Enter the text you wish to search for. Note that this type of edit box is a text search only, and does not include a boolean search.

Boolean Search Edit Box
Boolean Specification Edit Box

Save Profile Edit Box
Save Profile Edit Box

Save User Defined Report Edit Box
Save User Defined Report Edit Box

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Home Page

The term Home Page is used in two different ways:

  1. The point of entry for a Web site.
  2. The page you load when you start your browser.

Under the first definition, the first page you see when you enter the ORPS Graphical User Interface is the home page for the occurrence report database.

Under the second definition, your home page may be the Netscape or Internet Explorer Home Page (the default home page when the browser software was loaded), the ES&H TIS (Technical Information Services) Home Page, or another page of your choice.

You can change the default home page in Netscape Communicator by following these steps:

At startup, Netscape will load the specified home page.


You can change the default home page in Internet Explorer by following these steps:

At startup, Internet Explorer will load the specified home page.

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HTML

HTML is the acronym for HyperText Markup Language and is the formatting language used by World Wide Web servers. HTML allows for the creation of hypertext links between related documents.

Pages in the ORPS Graphical User Interface are created using HTML.

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HTTP

HTTP is the acronym for HyperText Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the principal protocol used to transfer data on the World Wide Web.

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Hyperlink

A hyperlink (or link) is a pointer to a file that exists in another place. It is usually a connection between two documents and is usually represented on a Web page by an underlined word or phrase. A link may take you to another page, retrieve a text file, retrieve and display a graphical image, retrieve and play a sound file, or retrieve and play a video clip.

Hyperlinks are found throughout the ORPS Graphical User Interface.

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Hypermedia

Hypermedia is hypertext combined with graphics, sound, and video. In addition to text retrieval, the ORPS Graphical User Interface provides graphical capabilities. Therefore, the ORPS GUI is not only a hypertext system, but is also a hypermedia system.

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Hypertext

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Internet

The Internet (often referred to as the Information Superhighway) is many computer networks all hooked together. Millions of computers around the world are connected to those networks and, if you have access to one of those networks, you have access to all others.

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Local

Your local computer is the one on your desk. Your local disk drive is the one on your machine. (Local is the opposite of remote.)

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Menu Bar

The menu bar provides various browser options. Options common to both Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer are described below.

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Page

A page (or Web page) is a document on the World Wide Web. Every page is identified by a unique URL. (Do not confuse page with screen. What you see on the computer screen may be just one small part of a lengthy page.)

Note that dynamic pages are generated following user selections (i.e., pages resulting from a page where selections are made are generated based on the selections that were made on the previous page(s)) whereas static pages are fixed. Many of the pages in the ORPS Graphical User Interface are dynamically created.

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Paste

Data can be pasted from a temporary location (known as the Clipboard) to a new location by selecting Paste from the Edit menu on the Netscape Menu Bar or by doing a [CTRL+V].

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Print

The Print option allows you to print the document displayed on the current page. To print a page:

Print Dialog Box

The entire page will be output to your printer.

WARNING: In the ORPS GUI, if you generate a report and try to print before the report has finished loading, you will get a "Data Missing" error message. The problem will be resolved when the document is fully loaded (watch your browser's status line) and it will then print properly.

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Radio Buttons

Radio buttons are groups of buttons that allow only one to be selected at a time. When you select (click) one button, all the others are automatically deselected. The selected option appears with a dot in the middle of the radio button. In the ORPS GUI, radio buttons are used to specify date/time ranges.

Radio Buttons

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Remote

Resources that are not connected to your local workstation are termed remote. Resources at your workstation are considered local.

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Save As

The Save As option allows you to save the document displayed on the current page to a disk. Note that in the ORPS GUI, images are NOT saved as an image but are marked in the text of the file as [Image]. To use the Save As option in Netscape or Internet Explorer:

Save

Examples of text and tables from the ORPS GUI saved in text format are shown below.

Sample Report


Sample Report

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Select

Selecting is choosing an object, such as text, so that you can manipulate it in some way (e.g., cut, copy, or paste). To select a block of text, position the mouse pointer at an end-point of the block, hold down the left mouse button, and then drag the pointer over the block (the block will be highlighted).

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Selection Boxes

A selection box (or list box) displays a list of items from which you can choose (see image below). The vertical scroll bar (along the right hand side of the selection box) is used to display additional choices, if any. If the selection list is quite lengthy, and you are using a PC, you can click inside the selection box and type the first letter/number of the selection. This will take you to the first entry in the selection list with that letter/number.

Where multiple selections are permitted, a range of choices can be selected by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse over the range of selections, or by selecting the choice at one end of the range and then doing a [SHIFT+CLICK] on the choice at the other end of the range. Multiple, nonsequential selections can be made (or removed) by doing a [CTRL+CLICK] on the desired choices. A selected item can be deselected by doing a [CTRL+CLICK].

In the ORPS GUI, selection boxes are used to refine searches and select search criteria and reports. In the example below, the user elected to search on fields #2, #6, and #51 - note that these fields have been highlighted.

Selection Boxes

The selection boxes shown above are used to specify new ORPS search criteria. Other selection boxes are used to specify detailed values for each field, for example, the Nature of Occurrence/Reporting Criteria selection box shown below:

Reporting Criteria Selection Boxes

Note that because the Reporting Criteria field has different values for data entered on or after the ORPS redesign, two selection boxes are provided. The left selection box applies to data created prior to the ORPS redesign. The right selection box applies to data created after the ORPS redesign using the new interface.

In the example above, the user wished to locate all reports entered after the ORPS redesign using the new GUI and reporting criteria. On the left (Nature of Occurrence) selection box, Search RC Only is selected.

Warning: This eliminates all reports entered using pre-redesign criteria.

On the right (Reporting Criteria) selection box, one or more reporting criteria may be selected. To select more than one, hold down the Ctrl key while making your selections.

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Status Line

The status line displays browser status messages. The line is located at the bottom of the browser window. Messages include:

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Tool Bar Buttons

The tool bar provides various shortcuts to menu options. Buttons common to both Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer are described below.

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URL

URL is the acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. It gives the exact location (or address) of an Internet resource. A URL tells a Web client the following three things:

The type of Internet access that your client uses to get the item. Some of the most common access methods are listed in the table below.

Access Method Description
ftp File Transfer Protocol
file File Transfer Protocol
news Internet News Protocol
gopher Gopher
telnet Telnet
http Hypertext Transfer Protocol

Hypertext transfer protocol is the access method used for the ORPS Graphical User Interface.

Note that the order of the three parts of each URL is always the same.

breakdown of a standard URL

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Viewer

A viewer is a program that allows you to read a file in its native format. For example, a WordPerfect viewer allows you to read WordPerfect files or Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to view PDF files.

Some browsers (Netscape) must be configured to view specific application files, while other browsers (Internet Explorer) are pre-configured to view files for applications found on your computer.

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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web (also known as WWW, W3, or The Web) is one of the fastest-growing Internet server technologies. It is a distributed multimedia network of documents, connected to each other through hypertext links embedded in the documents. It allows pages of information to be presented. Pages of information contain links (or hyperlinks) to other information.

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