Basic Tips on Using Web Pages

The following tips are available to help you get around in this system and on the Web in general:


Using Links

Most navigation on the Web is done with the mouse button to activate links which take you to additional pages. Links can appear as colored, underlined text or as a , which submits to the system the information you specified.  When you move the mouse pointer over a link, it usually changes appearance. For example, it may change from an arrow to a hand. Pressing the mouse button while the pointer is over a link or other item, this is called clicking on it or selecting it.

Patience Please! Please be patient when clicking on links or buttons in this system. Because many of the functions get the information directly from the database, there may be pauses while the system finds or formats the results. Click ONCE; do not double-click buttons or links in this system. Double-clicking sends multiple requests that may alter results.



Some Web pages will be longer or wider than what your screen can display (such as this one). If so, a scroll bar appears, which is used to see parts of the document that are not currently displayed. Clicking the arrows at the ends of the scroll bar causes the page to move up or down one line at a time. The box in the scroll bar indicates how far up or down you are in the document. Clicking between the box and arrows at the end moves up or down one whole page (the same as pressing the Page Down or Page Up keys). You can also click on gray box (holding down the mouse button) and drag it to the position you want. When you release the mouse button, the text remains in the spot to which you positioned it. If there is no scroll bar on the side of the screen, the entire document is displayed. There may also be horizontal scroll bars, which work the same as the vertical ones.


Submitting Data

This system requests data using several methods: text-entry fields, radio buttons, and list boxes.  Below is a description of how each works, along with samples for practice.

Text-Entry Fields

One way of entering information and making requests is to manually type information with the keyboard. To enter information into a field, click in it, then type the data into the box. To get to the next box for entering data, use the Tab key. To move to the previous field, press Shift and Tab at the same time.


What did you have for breakfast?
Where were you at 3:18 p.m. last Thursday?


Radio Buttons

Radio Buttons are used in the system for you to select one of several choices.  Select the item by clicking in the circle. This also clears any of the other items that may have previously been chosen.


What color is a melted penguin? black     white   gray  


List Boxes

A third type of data entry allows you to select an item from a list. These selection fields have a small gray box with a black triangle to the right of the input area. By clicking on the triangle, the full list of choices appears ("pulling down" the list). To make your selection from the list, move the mouse to highlight the choice and then click it. Your choice is now in the input area, and the list disappears. To change your choice, pull down the list again and choose a different item.


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