Help With Navigating Our Site, Browser Issues, and More

Web sites generally don't need to provide instructions to visitors explaining how things work. We hope this site's design provides controls whose functions are obvious. If you need help, however, you've come to the right page. Here we explain how to navigate your way through the Lumen Perfectus pages. We also provide more detail to our comments on the Viewing This Site page regarding browser issues.

Table of Contents

A TOC is provided on each of our main pages to aid in navigation. If you hover your mouse pointer over a TOC entry for a couple of seconds a "tool tip" will appear with a brief description of what you'll find on the page when you click the entry.

If the TOC is a scrambled mess or appears at the bottom of the page, it means your browser does not fully support Cascading Style Sheets as used in the construction of Lumen Perfectus. See the More About Web Browsers topic below for details. Though it may look bad, this will not effect the function of the TOC.

On most pages the TOCs are identical, with the link for the currently displayed page disabled. On a few pages, including this one, the TOC has been expanded to provide access to information or pages relevant to the current page.

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Gallery Index (Thumbnail) Pages

The links on the Galleries Page will take you to pages of thumbnail images. For quickest loading, these pages contain no more that six small images. Some (most) galleries have more than six photographs; on those thumbnail pages you'll find links to additional pages of thumbnails. The current page is shown in red. Click any other number to go directly to that page. Here's an example:

Screen shot of "additional pages" controls

On any gallery index page, click a thumbnail to display a larger version of the photograph. NOTE: JavaScript must be enabled in your Web browser. Typically it is by default. If you've disabled JavaScript or use a browser add-on which disables JavaScript in your browser, you won't see the large photo as we've intended it to be displayed.

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Moving Through the Large Images

When you click a thumbnail a larger version of the photograph is displayed. A count is shown below the picture so you can see where you are in the sequence. You can move to the next or previous picture in several ways:

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Site Map and Links Pages

The Site Map page provides standard links that will get you to anything on the Lumen Perfectus site. If you have trouble with any of the controls or navigation in general, try the Site Map page's links. This is also a good place to see how our site is organized.

The Links page contains links to some of our favorite sites, or sites we've occasionally found useful. Clicking a link on this page will open the target site's page in a new browser window. When finished you can close that window and the Lumen Perfectus Links page will still be open so you can continue browsing.

Both of these pages group their links into categories under small title blocks. If your browser supports JavaScript, a window will appear when you point to a header explaining what you'll find on the pages when you click the link to go there.

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More About Web Browsers

As mentioned in some of the topics above, and also on the Viewing This Site page, we have tested our site with the most common Mac and Windows browsers, and also with several versions of each browser. It is an unfortunate fact that no browser entirely supports the standards proscribed by the World Wide Web Consortium. That means your viewing of lumen-perfectus.com or any other Web site will be affected by the browser software you use and its version number. For a very nice set of tables listing many different browsers and their versions and indicating how each supports various Web technologies, see webmonkey's Browser Reference page.

Our best advice is to use the latest version of your favorite browser. If you are using the browser that was installed on your computer when purchased, and if this hasn't been automatically updated, chances are good you're using an older version. You can visit the Web site of your browser's maker and download the latest version. We recommend avoiding the beta versions of browsers, at least as your "default" browser. Let someone else be their unpaid QA department, while you use the typically more stable current release.

A final point about browsers: if you are using IE5 or older, or Netscape 4 or older, this site will not appear as we've designed it, and some features of the site will not work properly or at all. These versions are eight or more years old and simply should not be used today. If you've still got one of these as your default browser, all we can say is, you've been warned.

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JavaScript is needed to display a number of features on this site. Most browsers offer built-in support for JavaScript. This is true even as far back as version 4 of most browsers, but as mentioned above, with browsers that old all bets are off.

In most browsers it is possible to disable JavaScript, and we've seen this recommended as a security measure. But if JS is disabled in your browser, you're missing a lot of the content available on the Web. We suggest finding the option to enable JS in your browser, and turning it on.

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Thanks very much for visiting.

  Jay L. Cross
  Lumen Perfectus