website logo Lakes Guides, Hints

NOTE These hints have opened in a new page which you can minimise, and then refer to again whilst using the website.

navigation Our navigation is designed to be obvious
    yes,
    we know,
    it never is!
And, we do prefer not to clutter up the pages with instructions, so some buttons are not so obvious.
We expect to have some silly errors: sorry.

Words in menu lists are buttons.
    The header in menus (red) is a button which goes logically back ie back up the menu structure, not always back to where you came from. It gets a more general menu, or goes to the main menu page.
    The upper section of the menu generally fetches a page on the right;
    the lower section generally fetches a subordinate menu.
Most images are buttons to a larger image;
    menu images might be divided into button boxes.

In [nearly] all pages, in the right frame, the upper left logo button goes out to the main menu at the top of the website; this is your escape button.
If you are looking at the grid square of a map, which is live, clicking the middle goes back to the index sheet for the map's grid squares, however you might have come from some other page - the gazetteer perhaps. If you want to return to where you came from, either use the back button provided on the page, or in more recent browsers the back button displayed on the toolbar.
In grid square images from old maps the edges will take you to the adjacent square (if it exists).


NB: the back function, behind a back button, is the only bit of javascript used in the whole site. Your browser will likely object to this, by default. If this is a problem then use the browser's back button, or change your browser default.


screen The pages of this project were designed using screens of 800x600 pixels with full colour; but were planned with higher resolution screens in mind.

options If you are using an low resolution screen, you can maximise the screen area by changing the browser options, for example:-
  • hide the location bar
  • have the toolbar in text only, no icons
  • hide the footer bar
  • set font to Times New Roman 12pt proportional spacing
  • set the text size smaller
Kiosk mode (probably accessed by F11 function key) is not recommended as the bottom slide bar is needed to move about large images.


frames This project makes use of FRAMESETS and FRAMES in HTML. If your browser does not support these features you will have to get a more uptodate browser. The simplicity and openness of navigation with frames is too enormous to be lost.

file sizes A number of the files in this project are large, about 1.5 to 2.5Mbytes compressed, in use they can be very much bigger, perhaps 80Mbytes or more; these will take time to load, and when decompressed may be too much for your computer! The more RAM you have the better. If you have trouble you might try running the screen at 256 colours which forces uncompressed files to a smaller size.

The website was designed with a slow internet connection in mind, but was not constrained by this. (Where we live we have narrow broad band at about 0.2Mbytes!) In particular, we believe that the single sheet maps provided should be legible and, where possible, be entire, not just in small pieces. You are warned when you are offered large files, and you can run the project and enjoy a lot of it without them. If you try to download the whole project onto your own machine it might take a while, its size is about 10.25Gbytes in 232000 files.