Help and Assistance https://poetryaloud.org.uk/taxonomy/term/67 en New User's Guide https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/new-users-guide <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">New User&#039;s Guide</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Poetry Aloud website has grown in complexity and some people have asked for a guide. Here it is, but if it seems incomplete note that this document will develop over time.</p> <h2>Home page</h2> <p>The page that you arrive at is called the 'home page'. It has a menu across the top. We will call that the 'Primary menu', a menu down the left-hand side called the 'Navigation menu', a large panel in the middle carrying various items of news and information, then various sections down the right-hand side and below the Navigation menu that are designed to help you navigate the site quickly and easily.<br /><img id="pa-home-page" style="vertical-align: top;" src="https://poetryaloud.org.uk/../sites/poetryaloud.org.uk/files/pictures/guide/pa-front.png" alt="Poetry Aloud home page" height="640" width="384" align="top" /></p> <p>In general, any text highlighted in blue or white (if a dark background) is clickable and will take you to somewhere else on the site. So you could simply click on anything you see to see where it takes you. Why not? You won't break anything, and if you find anything broken please tell the webmaster (<a href="mailto:web.poetryaloud@gmail.com">click here</a>).</p> <p>Now let us look at each section of the home page.</p> <h2>Primary menu</h2> <p><img id="pa-primary-menu" style="vertical-align: top;" src="https://poetryaloud.org.uk/../sites/poetryaloud.org.uk/files/pictures/guide/pa-primary-menu.png" alt="Poetry Aloud primary menu" height="61" width="518" align="top" /><br /> The Primary menu appears on every page of the site so you can rely on it to get you around. In this image, 'Home' is shown as selected by the white pointer above it.</p> <ul><li><strong>Home</strong> - this brings you right back to the home page</li> <li><strong>Poems</strong> - this is where you will find the poems. If we have a recording of the poet reading the poem you will find it here.</li> <li><strong>Events</strong> - a calendar of poetry events in and around Suffolk</li> <li><strong>Blogs</strong> - our poets keep blogs of their thoughts and concerns here</li> <li><strong>Forums</strong> - discussion forums and other useful things like this help document</li> </ul><h2>Navigation menu</h2> <p><img id="pa-navigation-menu" style="vertical-align: top;" src="https://poetryaloud.org.uk/../sites/poetryaloud.org.uk/files/pictures/guide/pa-navigation-menu.png" alt="Poetry Aloud navigation menu" height="387" width="227" align="top" /><br /> The Navigation menu has these options if you are not logged in. Other items will appear if you are logged in depending on your privileges.</p> <p>Not really part of the navigation menu, but convenient to mention here, there is a search facility. This searches everything on the site, so is good for finding poems on particular topics, poets, or if you know a title, or part of a title, poems.</p> <ul><li><strong>Index</strong> - provides links to A-Z indices to the various sections of the site.</li> <li><strong>My bookmarks</strong> - if a page offers a 'Bookmark this' option, the bookmark will be available here.</li> <li><strong>Poems by reader vote</strong> - you can vote for poems, and poems voted for are listed here.</li> <li><strong>Popular content</strong> - this provides two lists of popular content, most popular across all time and most popular today.</li> <li><strong>Recent posts</strong> - if you need to catch up on the latest postings then this is the place to start.</li> <li><strong>Your votes</strong> - if your have voted for poems then your votes will be listed here.</li> <li><strong>Votes cast</strong> - this lists all votes cast.</li> <li><strong>Portfolios</strong> - poets can create portfolios for discussing the development of their work.</li> <li><strong>Contact Us</strong> - a way of contacting us through the site.</li> <li><strong>Links</strong> - links to other poetry sites and resources.</li> </ul><h2>New forum topics</h2> <p>As items are added to the forums, the most recent ones will be listed here. This helps you quickly catch up with things.</p> <h2>Recent blog posts</h2> <p>Similarly to 'New forum topics', the most recent blog entries will be found here.</p> <h2>Archive</h2> <p>The archive lists the poems read by month. The number after each month is the number of poems posted for that month.</p> <h2>Upcoming Events</h2> <p>This lists of the next five events on the Suffolk poetry calendar. Select 'Year', 'Month', 'Week' or 'Day' for detailed calendar view of those periods. 'Prev' and 'Next' move to calendar views of the previous and next month.</p> <h2>Random Poems</h2> <p>This is a list of five poems chosen at random. The list will change each time you change pages.</p> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/poetry-aloud" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Poetry Aloud</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2009-09-17T16:40:53+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 17/09/2009 - 18:40</span> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> </section> <section class="field field--name-comment-forum field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=498&amp;2=comment_forum&amp;3=comment_forum" token="lsRBsn3RRr0UrEYIAPTRtsyYzJS5tbt_ltRiL51aatk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-forums1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Help and Assistance</a></div> Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:40:53 +0000 Poetry Aloud 498 at https://poetryaloud.org.uk https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/new-users-guide#comments https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/new-users-guide#comments Your puzzling behaviour... https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/your-puzzling-behaviour <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Your puzzling behaviour...</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I would like to understand some puzzling behaviour I have come across three times now.</p> <p>A couple of days ago someone called me and asked for some advice to do with computing. My answer involved giving them the web address for OpenOffice, which I highly recommend instead of paying money for a commercial offering. OpenOffice is free and does everything you need it to do in much the same way as a common one.</p> <p>I gave the address <a href="http://openoffice.org">http://openoffice.org</a>. A little later they called me back and said they didn't know which option to choose. I know there are only five options presented in large type with no confusing clutter on the screen. However, my friend began reading all sorts of strange things that had been presented. I looked at the OpenOffice site and could not see any of it.</p> <p>After a discussion about this it turned out that rather than type the address into the address bar of his browser he had typed it into the Google search box. He said he always did this and didn't like typing into the address field.</p> <p>I do not understand this. Google has a database of thousands upon thousands of references to almost anything you type in, much of it misleading if you know what you want. My friend was confused because it was offering him links that would have cost money if he'd clicked on them.</p> <p>If I told you how to get to my house, would you then get out an atlas and look for all the possible routes via every country in the world? I don't think so, so why do people prefer to take a route via Google when they know the direct route?</p> <p>I would really like some answers to this because it might help me present the website better. Even via Google.</p> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/poetry-aloud" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Poetry Aloud</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2009-09-14T19:57:51+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 14/09/2009 - 21:57</span> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="28" id="comment-44" about="/comment/44" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1253016073"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <p class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/users/joe-thraveson-lambert" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Joe Thraveson-Lambert">Joe Thraveson-…</span></span> </p> <p class="comment__time">Tue, 15/09/2009 - 14:01 <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2009-09-15T12:01:13+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/44#comment-44" hreflang="en">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/comment/44#comment-44" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Interesting Colin, I think it</a></h3> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Interesting Colin, I think it boils down to familiarity, people know google, or think that they do, and so they trust it. Also of course the google box in which you enter your search query is in the middle of the screen, so that is what is seen first.  I think that there is also another reason, people know that by entering a query into the google search engine they are not going to break their computer, they have done it many times before writing directly into the address bar might do that, so they think, and therefore go for the safe option.</p> <p> </p> <p>Joe</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=44&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="qf3mmt8euf92bfJyrUCgxLdeia7MEJffOVboYOALmzg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> </section> <section class="field field--name-comment-forum field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=497&amp;2=comment_forum&amp;3=comment_forum" token="VWkY_92YnmjsGRC3406khPZDTxSMYaZyqiTJwr9cNf8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-forums1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Help and Assistance</a></div> Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:57:51 +0000 Poetry Aloud 497 at https://poetryaloud.org.uk https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/your-puzzling-behaviour#comments https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/your-puzzling-behaviour#comments Entering poetry on this site and in a word processor https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/entering-poetry-site-and-word-processor <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Entering poetry on this site and in a word processor</span> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>There is a small difference between typing poetry into a website as opposed to typing prose.</p> <p>The difference is line endings. With prose, a line ending indicates the end of a paragraph. On this site, as others, this causes a gap to be inserted between the paragraphs.</p> <p>When entering poetry, this is not always what we want.<br />We would like the lines of a stanza to be next to each other.<br />As these four lines are.<br />So how do you make this happen?</p> <p>The answer is very simple, and it is also true when typing into a word processor such as Word. To start the next line without causing a paragraph break, hold a 'Shift' key when pressing 'Enter'. This indicates a new line but not a new paragraph.</p> <p>You might have thought that you have been using Word, for example, without doing this and it hasn't caused the gaps between paragraphs. That is simply because the formatting of the document has not been defined to produce a gap. Find the 'Format paragraph' setting and you will find a setting for gaps both before and after paragraphs. Change these and you will see the effect. If you have a document open when you do this and you want to affect that document, then select the whole document first.</p> <p>Have fun!</p> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/poetry-aloud" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Poetry Aloud</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2009-09-14T19:46:38+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 14/09/2009 - 21:46</span> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> </section> <section class="field field--name-comment-forum field--type-comment field--label-hidden comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=496&amp;2=comment_forum&amp;3=comment_forum" token="p521SDevnNgjJxUGj4oHR_5W8XU4_eHIFkLfyi6_TpU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-forums1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Help and Assistance</a></div> Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:46:38 +0000 Poetry Aloud 496 at https://poetryaloud.org.uk https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/entering-poetry-site-and-word-processor#comments https://poetryaloud.org.uk/content/entering-poetry-site-and-word-processor#comments