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Common: Better Browsing

2009-03-25 2309: The information on this page is sadly out-dated. I am not promising to update it, but I would like to have this changed in the near future. IE8 is out and it has fulfilled many of the promises of IE7, a little late, …. At least for now, this much is still true: Firefox is an excellent browser.

  1. Download Firefox: Firefox is a standards-based browser. The folks at Mozilla.org are creating a browser that is developer/designer-friendly (true to our intent), accessible, easy to use, and versatile (incorporating the ability to add many plug-ins). In the very near future, Internet Explorer will come out with version 7.0. That browser promises to be a standards-based browser as well. So if you are not willing to move from the “tried-and-true”, you are welcome to wait for their next offering. It should be out not later than the latter part of 2007.
  2. Top Buttons: This site will avoid the use of the “top” buttons in favor of the use of the “home” button on your keyboard. This saves code, space, and appearance in favor of a faster alternative, which transcends this page, leaving a cleaner page and an empowered user.
  3. Font Size: This web is not set to a large font size by default. If you are using Firefox, you can push Ctrl/Cmd++ (hold the ctrl key down while tapping the plus sign) until you reach the desired size. Additionally, Ctrl/Cmd+- will reduce the font size.
  4. Pop-ups: We avoid using pop-ups in this site. However, you can make windows pop out on your own. In order to maintain your navigation path, you can pop out windows by pushing shift while clicking on a link and this will pop out the intended link in a new window (IE and Firefox). If you are using Firefox, you can push the ctrl button instead, and that link will come up in a new tab.
  5. Alt/Ctrl Keys: We are in the process of implementing the accesskey attribute in some of our commonly used buttons, namely: Back (which is becoming “Last”), Next, and Contents. By pushing the Alt (Windows/Linux) Ctrl (Mac) key along with the first letter of those buttons, you can view the next, last or contents page, without using your mouse.