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Information on the CCTA Government Information Service conforms to guidelines designed to help easy navigation and is presented in one of two ways depending on the Web browser you are using.

Recent surveys have suggested that over 70% of the Internet community now uses a Web browser which can interpret frames tags, for this reason the CCTA GIS now uses a frames interface which allows a more user friendly environment with better navigatory aids.

However, this new interface does not in any way interfere with anyones ability to access information on the CCTA GIS. All pages are set up to allow access by any version of any browser ranging from DOSLynx to NCSA Mosiac to Cello to Netscape 0.9 and beyond.

The following information will help in understanding the navigational symbols and organisation of the CCTA GIS server.


Navigation using Frames

This is only available for the users of the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator browsers, version 2 or greater. If you are using a browser which does not support the frame tags and wish to see what all the fuss is about you can download either by clicking on the appropriate symbol.

Both Microsoft and Netscape have frames capable browsers for Windows 3.1 (16 bit), Windows95 (32 bit), and the Apple Mac Operating System.

Whilst exploring the CCTA GIS your browser screen will be permanently split into 3 sections, each with a particular role.

When a new URL is entered or you visit another site from your bookmark list your browser display will return to it's usual interface.

If your browser supports frames but you would prefer not to use them you can select the non frames environment by clicking on the button at the bottom of the GIS front page.


Printing using Frames

To print information displayed in any of the three frames you must first ensure that you select the frame you wish to print by clicking on it with the left hand mouse button. You must now select the File pull down menu and then click on Print frame. This can be done at any time with any frame.

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Bookmarking a page using Frames

You can still bookmark any page you so wish within the frames environment. To do this you must first select the page, then with the cursor over that page you must click the right hand mouse button which will bring up a small menu bar. Select Add bookmark and the file name is added to your list.

The operation is exactly the same with Microsoft Internet Explorer but you need to select Add to Favorites ... from the small menu bar.

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Using the 'Back' function in Frames

If you are navigating around the CCTA GIS within the frames environment you may find that the 'Back' and 'Forward' buttons in the top left hand corner of your browser may be inoperative. You can still use these functions but to do so you must first click the right hand mouse button, this will bring up a small menu bar, you canselect either Back or Forward.

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The CCTA Government Information Service Home Page

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Click on either the GIS logo icon in the top frame or the home button shown at the bottom of each page at any time to go to the main CCTA Government Information Service Home Page.

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Using the Index pages

The CCTA Government Information Service home page allows you to look up information in two indexes: the Organisation Index , which contains titles of all UK government organisations who have pages on the World Wide Web; and the Functional Index , which allows you to look up information by subject or function.


Using the CCTA search system

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The GIS search engine can be reached by clicking on the search button displayed on the left hand frame or using the button at the bottom of every departmental home page.

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This button lets you search by keyword for a topic using CCTA's search software. It is easy to use - you just fill in a form on screen. You will find more detailed advice about the Muscat system when you use it.

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Last revised: 1 January 1997