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Help files are presented in HTML, based on the HTML 4.0 Transitional standard published by the W3C. These pages should be displayed in a reasonable format by any modern Web browser. The format will be considerably improved if you enable your browser's support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript.

Some browsers will ignore CSS unless Javascript is also enabled.

Throughout the help, you will find links that can be clicked to move to another page, or to another section of the current page. After visiting a link, you can use your browser's [Back] button to return to the help page that you were reading. There are three types of links in help pages.

types of links in help pages

inline help links

Inline links are underlined, and are colored to stand out from ordinary text. These links will usually take you to another help page, or to another section of the current help page. This is an example of an inline link.

Some inline links may point to external resources on the World Wide Web. All such links will be clearly identified as external links.

In order to use external links, your browser must have access to the public internet. If you are behind an internet firewall, you may need to configure proxy servers. Consult with your network administrator to determine the appropriate settings for your browser.

inline glossary links

Glossary links are displayed the same as inline help links. These links will always take you to the glossary definition of the underlined word or phrase.

link lines

A link line is a link that appears on a line by itself, separate from surrounding text. Link lines may appear individually, or in a list. These links are preceded with the symbol », as in this example:

» table of contents

These links are colored like inline links, but they are not underlined.

Depending on the capabilities of your browser, an underline may appear as you move the mouse cursor over the link text.

To make it easy to use the help system, every help page contains certain common components.

common components of each help page

banner

At the top of the page is a gray banner identifying the language in which the help page is written.

topic path

Beneath the banner is a single line in small font, showing the topic hierarchy that leads to the current page. You can click on the topic names preceding the current topic. This will take you to the corresponding help page, which will always be a parent topic of the current page.

title block

Beneath the topic path is a title block identifying the current help page.

page table of contents

Some help pages are subdivided into multiple sections. The section title inside a colored banner marks the beginning of each major section. The page table of contents is a list of link lines that point to the start of each section. It appears directly under the title block in those pages that contain multiple sections.

navigation links

At the left side of the page is a block of link lines, arranged as a topic outline. The link line corresponding to the current page is dimmed, and is inactive. As you move through the help system, the outline is automatically expanded or collapsed, depending on the position of the current help page:

  1. top-level help topics are always shown;

  2. all subtopics of the current page are shown;

  3. all peer topics of the current page are shown;

  4. all peer topics of the parent of the current page are shown.

These navigation links are designed to make it easy to get to other topics that are closely related to the current topic, without cluttering the outline with unrelated topics. If you want to see the entire outline of topics and subtopics, click the table of contents link at the top of the navigation links.

The following standard links are included at the top and bottom of the navigation link lines.

standard navigation links (top)

table of contents

An outline view of all the help pages, with all subtopics expanded. From the table of contents, you can go directly to any help page with a single mouse click.

index

A keyword index of all the help pages. Index entries are linked to the help pages where the keywords appear. If you cannot find the help that you're looking for, you are always one click away from the index.

standard navigation links (bottom)

glossary

A glossary of terms used in the help pages.

using help

This help page.