Help with the site

Help with the site

This section give you some basic information about how to navigate and otherwise use the basic controls in the guide. There is a full site map here.

Navigation

There are several ways of getting around the site, and it is well worth spending a few minutes making sure that you understand these. There are three menu styles, which appear with different kinds of application. For example, the chief means of getting around amongst the text pages uses tools which are quite different from those used amongst the extensive series of photographs.

Some pages are driven by traditional menus, such as the one which is shown immediately to the left. These are always high-level selectors, allowing you to choose whole categories of interest. You should just select the item of interest and click on it.

"White background" pages - such as this one - have a special "floating" menu, which is described below. White background pages also have conventional links scattered through the text, appearing like this.

Image sequences or photo-essays branch off from the route guides, as we describe below. These use special icons that are located in the top left of the picture. You can experiment with an example of this in the section which appears below.

The traditional menu.

The traditional style of menu appears wherever there is a major branch amongst the choices which are open to you. You will have seen an example of one of these when you started the guide - the home page - and a part of it is reproduced above.

The home page menu may need a little more explanation. You may have noticed a button in the right of the screen with a question mark on it. If you put your mouse pointer over this, it brings up a quick guide to what the main buttons will do for you. In addition, there are three further options which may need a little explanation.

First, the bookmark button - which you can see in the reproduction of the Home page, above - will take you back to whichever page you last saw when you left the guide. (Naturally, nothing happens if you left from the home page, or if this is your first session with the guide!)

Second, an option under the 'Traveling' button offers you a random image selector. As the name suggests, this picks one image from the thousands on offer. Controls at the top left allow you to jump on to another picture, to go back to the main menu or remind yourself of how the controls work. If you click any such image anywhere except on these menu buttons, then you will be taken to the route description from which the image came. This is a pleasant way to browse what the guide has on offer.

Third, you will find the interactive route map under the Traveling button. This leads to a low resolution map of Perú, on which all of the routes are marked. A brief description of each of these flashes up on the right of the screen if you position your mouse cursor over it. You will be taken to the full description of that route if you then click on it. This is a convenient way to scan the country for the kind of thing that you want to discover, such as wildlife, outdoor sport or human interest.

All other full page, traditional menus work in familiar ways. The 'go back' button takes you back up the menu hierarchy - usually to the home page - and a selection from the menu takes you to the target that it describes. You cannot, however, stop the guide from one of these menus: you have to go to the home page, or use the floating menu on a 'white page', which we describe in the next section. The reason for this is connected with the bookmark system, already discussed.

'White page' menus.

Text pages, such as this one, are always shown with a white background. All such pages have a very useful menu, which is to be found in the "gutter" on the extreme left. This 'floating menu' is a powerful tool, as it lets you jump around and access the major branching points in this guide. The menu appears as a column of symbols which you can see on the left of the page. If you put your mouse pointer over any one of the symbols, then you will see that it turns red. If you pause the mouse pointer for a moment, it gives you a tip in order to remind you what it does. This should be enough, but here is a more complete description of what they do.

The "Up arrow" takes you to the top of the page.
The "home" symbol takes you to the home page.
The "ringed P" symbol leads a menu covering Perú as a country.
The "suitcase" goes to a menu concerned with organising travel.
The "walker" symbol leads to the detailed routes, and to maps.
The "question mark" brings you here, to help.

Image menus in the route descriptions.

The route descriptions contain numerous photo-essays, in all comprising around 3000 large scale photographs. However, the start point for these photoessays always itself looks like an image thumbnail, embedded in the text itself. You can see one of these immediately below, on the left. We have done this for two reasons. First, images which are in-line with the text have to be smaller than full screen, and almost always have extraneous material that detract from them. Second, the thousands of images would make the text very long indeed if you wanted to print it out.

The image thumbnails are not very impressive to look at. You can see one immediately below. However, you get access to a long series of related full screen images when you click on them. These series have distinct navigation controls, so please read the following before trying this example for yourself.

Click here to see a series of images At first glance, you will see no obvious way forward or back when you open these photo-essays. However, look in the top left hand corner of the page and you will see four little blue symbols. We have made these tiny so that they have minimal impact on the picture. (The example on the left is "live", and you can click on it to see this and one other image at full screen size. However, before doing so, please read the following paragraph about how to navigate!)

These symbols turn red when you put your mouse over them. The picture on the right shows how they appear in close-up, with a part of a photograph shown behind. The left-most back arrow takes you back one image. The cross drops you out of the image sequence, taking you back to the route description. The "i" symbol shows additional information, or does so when this has been added. (Not every image has a description, as a picture of a donkey labeled "A donkey" is not very helpful.) Finally, the right pointing arrow takes you on to the next picture. The last such forward arrow takes you back to the text, just as does the backwards-pointing arrow on the first picture in the sequence.

Troubleshooting

If you are reading this, you are using this site. However, you may be experiencing operational difficulties, and this section is concerned with how to mend the most common of these faults.

First, this site makes extensive use of Javascript. If you have this turned off, the site will not work for you. However, MS Internet Explorer may also block, or continuously query, the use of Javascript. Show it who is boss.

Second, you may experience difficulties with the screen resolution. We have designed the guide for computers that have their screen resolution set to the now-standard 1024 x 768 pixels. The site is set up to allow zooming to whatever scale you require.

Sound

Sound is used throughout this CD, and we provide a substantial section on music. If you experience difficulties with sound, please check the obvious: that you have a sound card installed, that the volume on it is turned up, that your speakers speakers are attached to your PC and are also powered up and switched on. The sound files are sometimes of considerable size and it may take some time to download them.

Music from the dedicated menus use local selection methods. Music embedded in text always uses the following symbols:

Start The two symbols are used throughout: play and stop. The music may take a considerable period to load if your line speed is slow.
Stop