Vindolanda Tablets Online Tablets Exhibition Reference Help

General Information and Site navigation

General information and site navigation

Tablets guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Searching the website

Site navigation

Clicking on ‘Vindolanda tablets online’, at the left end of the menu bar at the top of the page, will always return you to the home page. The principal areas of the website are always accessible from this menu bar (Tablets Database, Exhibition, Reference, and Help). The elements in the lower bar (about this site |contact | copyright | links | report an error) are also ever-present.

Within each of the major areas of the site the menu bar on the left of the screen can be used to navigate. The links here change according to the area of the website. In the tablets database they comprise links to searching and browsing the database and to supporting materials, including academic introductions and bibliography. In the exhibition and reference areas they link to the different thematic sections and to the search facilities. Above this left hand menu bar ‘You are here…’ also indicates your position within the area of the site. The titles in this ‘breadcrumb trail’ tells you where you are and are clickable links which you can also use to navigate.

A site map, available from the lefthand navigation bar, also allows you to identify and find different parts of the site.


Technical information, browser requirements

Whilst the website has been designed to be generally accessible, it is recommended that you don’t use a web browser with a version number less than 4.0. Both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator versions 4.0 and above should be fine, as should other browsers of a similar sophistication (e.g. Opera). Some elements of the site (rollover buttons, interactive maps/diagrams, pop-up windows etc.) use Javascript, so this should not be disabled in your web browser’s preferences (it’s enabled by default, so you probably don’t need to change this).

There are two versions of the Tablet Image Zooming Viewer, the full version (which includes a magnifying glass tool) requires you to have Java installed on your computer (this may have been installed with your web browser, but not always). However, there is an alternative “Universal Viewer” version you can switch to which does not require Java. We particularly value your comments on the use and usability of the image zooming tool (see questionnaire).

It is also recommended, but not required, that you set your monitor to an 800x600 pixel resolution or higher for optimal viewing of the site, especially for the Tablet Database.
As for hardware requirements, it is difficult to be specific. Most of the site should run on even quite old machines, though the Tablet Image Zooming Viewer is likely to require a reasonable amount of memory (RAM) (e.g. 96Mb+ on Win95 /98/Me systems, 192Mb+ on Win2000 /XP / Mac OS 9/10 systems) and processing power (e.g. Pentium II / G3) to run smoothly, though it should still work on older systems.

Information on the technology behind the site can be found in the description of the website’s creation.

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