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OVEC Website Notes

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This site is a major update to our previous site, with our primary intention being to make the OVEC site a more useful tool in our daily work as well as for other environmental activists or anyone interested in environmental concerns.  We will be adding new material and announcements on a daily basis, plus providing daily links to environmental news on the web, especially news related to OVEC's primary issues. Our old site is archived here.

We've tried to make new site navigation as intuitive as possible, with visual cues about where you are and adaptive navigation panels to provide additional link options where applicable.  If you do get lost, you can always click on "OVEC Home" or the OVEC logo to return to our home page.

You may have already discovered that a brief link description pops up if you hover your mouse pointer over primary links in the shaded navigation bars.  You can also hover over pictures, thumbnails, or icons for captions or clues (not every graphic element displays text, but we provide additional text where it seems appropriate).

OVEC posts news links almost daily to help keep you abreast of environmental news.  We assign "relevancy" icons to the news links.  Hover over the icons in the legend at the top the news links list for a brief description of each icon.  These icons represent broad, often overlapping categories, meant only as a general guide to focusing on news links of most interest to you.

The audio icon is somewhat special.  It indicates that a news story is available in an audio format.  Hover on the audio icon next to the news link of interest to see the audio format - click on the audio icon to go straight to the audio stream.  Or click on the text link to go to the news provider's website (where you might find transcripts or optional audio formats). 

If you have comments or suggestion, or notice any problems or anomalies in our website, please report them to the OVEC Web Lackey (paradox@spectrumz.com)


Other details for anyone interested

Link Colors and Cues

OVEC's primary navigation links, the ones above the thin green line in the shaded sidebar, are normally green, but change to a dark blue color as a sort of  a general "you are here" sign to indicate the current section of OVEC's website.  These links are gif images of text rather than text, a common practice to insure that the links appear the same in any browser.

The secondary links in the side panel or links in the content panel, are just plain text.  They also change color (unless you have applied a local style sheet or other means to override style setting), but the meaning is different.  These links are normally green, changing to dark blue if you have already visited the page and if that page is still stored in your browser history.  That makes it easy to tell which links you have already explored (for example, you can easily see which news links you have already visited).

Also, you might notice that some of our links open a new browser window while others do not.  In general, links to pages within the OVEC website re-use the browser window, while links to pages external to the OVEC site (news stories, other websites) open a new browser window automatically (unless we slip up while entering a specific link).  That way you don't lose your current OVEC page if you decide to follow a link path.  One utility in this is that you can click on a news link, then, while it is loading, click on the OVEC window in your task bar and click on another news link so that it will be loading (in it's own window) while you read the first story. 

Minor exceptions to the above rule exist.  For example, some of the links in the side navigation panel (such as the featured flower or event announcements) open a new browser window even though the page is on our site.  That way you can leave the flower or announcement open in its own window (if you wish) while continuing to browse the OVEC site. 

Hit Counter

The hit counter (visible in the footer of most pages) is a smart hit counter.  It increments once when you enter the site, but does not increment as you move about the site unless there have been other new visitors to the site.  Therefore it displays the total number of visitors to the site (rather than how many times someone clicked on "Refresh" or "Reload").  Click it for more details

Other Notes
Font Size

The OVEC web site uses the html "default" font size for basic text on all pages.  This is a relative size, not an absolute size, meant to facilitate allowing viewers to adjust font sizes to suit themselves.  

Depending on how your computer is configured - the pixel size of your screen (i.e., 800x600), system font size, browser settings, and the size of your monitor - text may appear larger or smaller than it does on another system. 

It would be impossible to specify a fixed size font that would be the right size for everyone, which is why html and browsers support a relative-size scheme to allow users to specify their own "normal" font size.  For example, if you are using Internet Explorer, click on the "view" menu, "text size", and choose a size.  All relative-size fonts on the page will become larger or smaller.  

If you are using a high pixel resolution (1024x768 or more) on a small monitor, and/or if all your system fonts seem too small, you may want to adjust your basic system font size.  For Windows, go to the dialogue panel for your video adapter settings and select "Large" fonts (usually available through Display-Settings on the control panel).  

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