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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein

It is a fit motto for site-designs, and may result in hours of work.

A SPACE-SAVER: Section links on the site's regular pages will be formed like this: Section › 1 (Clickable link), and take you to an Archive and Section in the Site Map.

What section it is, can be found out in two ways: (1) By clicking on the and get to the section; (2) by decoding the link that pops up when you hover (hold still) the cursor over it. Pick your choice.

The number after shows where the page is put in the Site Map section. Click on the section link (above), find the section number and go on from there. More often than not the page you started from is in a collection there: collections are marked with a TOC. The pages in a collection and the collection itself have the same placement in the Site Map, so they share the same placement numbers (above).

To find something in a collection, go to the collection and either look over it or use the page search (Press [Ctrl and f] at the same time). The page search works well if the collection lists up a thousand headings, for example.

Back to the section-and-placement link that opens up these things, Section › 1: We may locate where a page is in the Site Map at a glance, without clicking on anything: just hover (hold still) the cursor over the 'Section' and note the final letter and number (after #) in the link that pops up at bottom of the window.

The letter (a in this case) is for the archive (by a = 1, b = 2, c= 3, d = 4, etc.), and the number locates which Site Map section to look at or into.

Read with ease

For any of the three most used browsers (2016), you may increase the text size on a page by just pressing 'Control' and + at the same time. In short: [Ctrl and +].
To decrease the size: [Ctrl and -].
To get it back to the regular size, press Control and the number 0 simultaneously: [Ctrl and 0].
And to set the size of the display on a more permanent basis - not just for one page - do as the various browsers inform you to do for it.

Identify items so they can help you navigate

For "help-out-pages", like this one, the design is different from the ordinary pages. You see if from the icon button (the yellow flower) in the upper left corner, the slanted, red arrow beneath it and the names of the links throughout.

Otherwise, here is what you can meet on many other pages:

The top band and nearby

  1. A special icon. Different pictures for different kinds of pages. Different colours of the bands they are inside, signal the same thing. By clicking on the top left icon button (the flower image) you get to the Site Map. From the Site Map you may go to the First Page by clicking on the Site Map's upper left image button, or on the 'Thematic' link near the top right of the page. In both cases you get to the whole site's front page (portal), where the theme pages are. [First page].
  2. Site Map. In the upper left part of a page is a clickable emblem (an image). This top left image is usually a flower or a dragon. By clicking on it you should get to the Site Map in time. This feature may be implemented soon. Here is the map: [English Site Map] On the site map, in a list to the right, there are some further links to explore.

  3. Other links on top of the pages. In the upper, coloured band on page after page, there are different word-links. Hover and see what each may cover, if something pops up as a result of it: the feature is being introduced and not wholly completed. Try out as you please. More details follow:

The bottom band

At bottom of the regular pages are end matters. For pages that go into collection, there is a link to that collection, 'Contents'.

Beneath the orange dotted line is a link to the site large bibliography, and there may be some useful references on a page too. They are put beneath the 'Literature' link near the page bottom. Also, footnotes are generally put after the literature list, if there is any such list.

And further down there is a coloured band - a coloured "ribbon". It contains buttons for 'Up' (to the top of the page) and 'Next' page. The 'Set' and 'Section' for the page is there too.

Underneath the coloured band you find publication data, links to a User's Guide, a link to the site's email page, and a link to the public disclaimer.

Between top and bottom areas are some in-text icons

If there are well defined stages in a discourse, the section are numbered. [Essay markers] [Essay design]

Sometimes there are quotation markers too, if they are from a source that appears often, or if what is quoted, is of a certain type. The markers are icons, that is, small images, A Buddhist quotation may serve as an example:

BUDDHISM Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men [Dhammapada 78].

The icon in this case is a wheel with eight spokes, which represents the eightfold path, also called the (gentle) Middle Way, which is at the heart of Buddhism.

Links

Outgoing links are marked by a small circle, ◦. If not, you can see if a link is outgoing and possibly where it leads to, by holding your marker still for some seconds on (over) the link your marker without clicking on it.

Internal links are not marked by ◦.

A responsive page design

A responsive page design has been put to use, so that the width of a page adapts to the size of the screen from middle range smartphones up to desktop computers. Content is made available to a wider range of readers by this one feature alone. For example, the last ten months before July 7 2016, about 56% of the visits to the site were by desktops, 10% by tablets and 34% by mobiles, all according to Google Analytics.

So

Varous design features are to ease the use of the pages, and pretty much is in line with broad usability rules of the thumb advocated by the ◦Nielsen Norman Group (see 'Popular Articles') for pages that may be handled with ease.

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