|Web browser||The ePMbook is
designed to be used on graphical web browsers which use
"frames". It should be compatible with
Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator from
version 4 onwards.
It is assumed that the reader has an understanding of the browser, in particular:
|Screen size||Preferred screen
size is 1024x768 but it should be possible to use the
ePMbook on smaller screens or windows. Small screen
formats may give rise to occasional formatting
difficulties. In most cases it will be possible to scroll
to see all the information. Please report back any
If you find it difficult to read the ePMbook using a small screen, you can use the magnify button at the bottom left of the screen. This will open the current text page in a separate window which can therefore use the full screen. You may close this extra window when you no longer need it.
You can also try running without "frames" by clicking here. The ePMbook is not designed to work in this way so some of the results may be unsatisfactory.
|Text size||The main text size is based on the default setting for your browser. You may prefer to change the default or adjust the size while viewing the ePMbook.|
|Layout||The ePMbook is
organised as follows:
If you suspect your browser is not displaying the ePMbook properly, take a look at a screen shot by clicking here.
|Links in the text||To make the text easier to read we do not underline links. Look for red text where there is a hyperlink you have not visited recently or green text where there is a link you have visited. You can always find related content using the various indexes or through the search facility.|
facility in browsers allows you to view several different
web pages on one screen (although a non-expert would
probably never realise they are technically speaking
different pages). They are organised as a series of
panels known as "frames". The ePMbook uses four
frames to display the page header, left hand index,
bottom navigation options, and the main text window.
If you are having trouble with frames, you can try running without them by clicking here. This might also make it easier to copy and print text. Bear in mind that the navigation is not designed to work in this way. In most cases you should find that the index will be in a different window from the main text pages selected.
|Printing||Printing using the browser's print
facility can be a problem as the screen is divided into
"frames". With most browsers, the ePMbook's
print button (in the bottom navigation panel) will select
the correct frame for printing.
If you are printing using the browser's print facility, first select something in the main text window. Choose the option to print the selected frame only (unless you want the full ePMbook layout).
|Navigation Shortcuts||Index to major
sections of the book should appear in the left panel. If
you do not see the expanding index (Java support required)
click on the ePMbook Index title and a text index will
Various standard links should appear across the bottom of the screen.
The browser's standard "Back" button is the easiest way to return from an excursion.
The main content summaries are:
Clicking on the ePMbook cover will take you to the start screen of the ePMbook and re-set the screen frames.
|Search||The ePMbook has a search facility using an external indexing service. You can search for text anywhere in the ePMbook. If you select a page that is not intended to be shown in the ePMbook's text window you might get some strange results. Remember - you can click on the ePMbook cover to reset the book.|
|Copyright & copying||The ePMbook,
including all contents of the various linked documents
that collectively form the ePMbook, is the copyright of Simon Wallace.
The ePMbook serves to share knowledge. The concepts, opinions, commentaries and approaches may be freely used in private, commercial, public sector or academic work. Specific text, diagrams and other content may be copied and/or reused to a limited extent where it would be useful to the reader. Such copying or reuse should never exceed 1000 words in any one document or context.
Any requests for more substantial reproduction should be referred to Simon Wallace
|Versions & updates||Since the ePMbook is published through the web, it can be updated instantly, either to include new ideas and concepts, or to improve the breadth or depth of its coverage. It will be worth re-visiting from time to time. You can find out what has changed on the "what's new in this edition" page.|
|Resources and downloadable files||Several of the
diagrams and other resources are available for download
as PowerPoint slides or other documents. Look for the
links and "mouse-over" text messages. There is
also an index of downloadable
What happens when you click on one of these links will depend on how your web browser is set up and which plug-ins and applications you have linked to it. You may find that the file is displayed in the web browser window, either interpreted by the application it is written in or by a viewer plug-in. Should you wish to download the file instead of displaying it, try right-clicking on the link. This should give you the option to download the file by selecting an option to "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" or similar option. If the web browser is not set up to display the file, you will get a download menu instead.