Frequently Asked Questions that are Site Specific


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Can images that are too small to see on this site be enlarged?

Many images are saved in a larger format than those displayed in posts and pages which are sized to give articles a satisfactory format. When that is the case an image can be displayed in a larger format by selecting the image, i.e. using a PC mouse to point to the image and clicking the left button when the pointer changes to a hand and an advisory message appears. If the pointer doesn’t change then the image cannot be selected. With tablets and phones try touching the image.

The enlarged image will usually show in another browser tab or window. The size may then be determined by the size of the browser window.


Can I see a specific video in Full Screen view?

Most videos that I make are stored on Vimeo’s servers and I arrange for them to be available for  Full Screen viewing when the appropriate icon in the bottom right corner is selected.

If I have embedded a video published and controlled by someone else, be it on Vimeo, YouTube, or any other site, and they have prevented Full Screen viewing then I will not be able to enable it.


How are Footnotes deployed on this site?

I list Footnotes at the bottom of a post or page in a numerical list under the ‘Footnotes’ header. Then where an item of text in the post or page refers to a specific footnote the text item is immediately followed by the appropriate footnote number in superscript (raised above the line of text.) The item of text and footnote number is coloured blue and forms a link to the appropriate footnote at the bottom of the page. So if the reader selects that link they will be taken to the appropriate footnote.


How can I search through the comments?

eeFirst select and view the post whose comments are to be searched.

Browsers such as Internet Explorer have the ability to search text on the current page. So that function can be used to search all the text in all the comments for the current post being viewed. This allows the commentator, date and text of comments to be searched.

Using Internet Explorer 11

Select the appropriate tab.

If the ‘Menu bar’ is not showing press the ‘Alt’ key, while Internet Explorer has the focus, to show it temporarily. Else right click on another browser bar and select ‘Menu bar’ from the list to show it permanently.

Go to the ‘Menu bar’ and select ‘Edit’, then from the drop down list select ‘Find on this page…’. A ‘Find’ bar will be opened with a field into which the search string can be entered. All matches will be highlighted immediately. The ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons will move through them changing the highlight colour of each instance of the string in turn.

NOTE: Keystrokes can be used to select ‘Find…’ in Internet Explorer but it isn’t straight forward so I won’t describe how to do it here.

Using Google Chrome

Select the appropriate tab.

Select the Customise and control button Customise and Control Button , go down the list and select ‘Find…’ or use Ctrl+F to activate the field into which the search string can be entered. All matches will be highlighted immediately. The Up Chevron and Down Chevron buttons will move through them changing the highlight colour of each instance of the string in turn.


How do I use the built in search engine?

To use the built in search engine:

  1. Click on (select) the magnifying glass on the right. A search field will open below it and to the left.
  2. Enter the text on which you want to search, e.g. all or part of a word or number.
  3. Press enter on your keyboard to invoke the search.
  4. A list of articles (comprising posts and pages) containing the search text will appear on screen.
  5. Manually scroll down the list and choose the item you want to read.

NOTES

  • The search field can be cleared by clicking on (selecting) the X to the right.
  • The search field can be removed from screen by clicking on (selecting) the magnifying glass again.

I find it is a nuisance to leave the current site while browsing when I select a link to a new site. So I usually arrange for links to images and other web sites to open in a new tab or window (as set locally). If this does not happen then I might have made a programmatic error so feel free to comment.

If, however, the link is to another place on the same post or page that will NOT open in another tab or window unless at the point of selection an appropriate choice is exercised from a context menu. e.g. When the right button of a mouse is clicked on the link.


I’ve seen a yellow ‘NEW ADDITION’ flash in the margin. What’s that about?

Flashes were introduced in the margin in 2014 to highlight various paragraphs.

The flash indicates that one or more paragraphs have been added to the article containing new information since it was originally written.

This is for the benefit of those who have already read the article and are just refreshing their knowledge of it and may be interested in any changes to it. These flashes are intended to be removed after a month or so since they have no benefit to new readers.


I’ve seen a green ‘AMENDED’ flash in the margin. What’s that about?

Flashes were introduced in the margin in 2014 to highlight various paragraphs.

The flash indicates that one or more paragraphs have been amended since the article was originally written.

This is for the benefit of those who have already read the article and are just refreshing their knowledge of it and may be interested in any changes to it. These flashes are intended to be removed after a month or so since they have no benefit to new readers.


I’ve seen a pink ‘POST UPDATED’ flash in the margin. What’s that about?

Flashes were introduced in the margin in 2014 to highlight various paragraphs.

The helpfulcolin.com flash indicates that the post has been edited in some way. It isn’t as specific as the ‘NEW ADDITION’ or ‘AMENDED’ flashes.

This is for the benefit of those who have already read the article and are just refreshing their knowledge of it and may be interested in any changes to it. These flashes are intended to be removed after a month or so since they have no benefit to new readers.


Is there Any Logic To The Way Bullet Points & Numbered Lists Are Written On This Site?

Yes there is some logic to they way list are written on this site. I created a set of rules which I want to follow. I read various articles on writing lists first and then devised these rules.


What is the quickest way to find something on this site?

Using the built in search engine is often the quickest way to find a string in an article in a page or post on this site, especially if you have visited the site before and know of a word (or number) that is written into a post. See FAQ: How do I use the built in search engine?

If the string is in a comment then it will have to be found using the text search engine built into the browser. See FAQ: How can I search through the comments?


Why don’t I get to a list of pages to choose from when I scroll down the blog?

There are no pages because infinite scrolling has been deployed on this site. Posts from the past are loaded as the reader scrolls down the screen.

If the reader wants to step back and forth to see posts published at significantly different dates, or go deep into the past, they should select from the archives made available in the right hand column.