Using Our Site
This page contains important technical information about our web site. In order to utilize the site to its fullest capacity, certain software preferences must be set in your browser. Some users may also need to download additional software to view website content. Here is all the information you need to be able to browse our site most effectively.
On the bottom of every page, you’ll notice a list of links to the various content on our site. Use those to navigate quickly to the information that you need.
Web standards compliance
Internet Explorer users: IE 6 and earlier for Windows is not a standards-compliant browser, and its use may result in strange behavior. While the site’s functionality and usability will NOT be hindered, the way the content is presented may be affected by glitches caused by IE’s non-compliance to current W3C, CSS, and HTML standards. It is recommended (but not necessary) that Windows users download IE 8+, Firefox, Opera, or Mozilla in order to view this web site as it is intended. You can choose another browse
Safari users: The Safari web browser has the option to 'Zoom Text Only' activated by default. This means that the text will get bigger and smaller, but the background does not change size. This may cause the site to look broken or have missing content. You can disable this feature of Safari by going to the view menu and making sure the 'Zoom Text Only' option does not have a checkmark next to it.
In order to view PDFs from our site, users should download and install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader is a free utility available for Mac and PC that lets you view, print, search, and share Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Some browsers will open PDFs for you, while others will download PDFs directly to your computer. If you are having difficulty viewing PDFs, try the following:
- Verify that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader for your computer.
- PC Users should right-click on links to PDFs. From the resulting pop-up menu, choose "Save Target As", and save the file to a location you’ll be able to find later.
- Mac Users should hold down the option key while clicking on the links to the PDFs. This will download the file directly to the user’s desktop.
- Finally, open the file in Adobe Reader.
Video and audio
Video and audio are presented in QuickTime or Adobe Flash format. If you are having problems accessing our video or audio media, please download QuickTime and Adobe Flash Player and install them on your computer. You will then be able to easily access our files.
Some documents are presented in Microsoft Word format (.doc). You will need to have Microsoft Word, or an open-source equivalent, to read these files.
A few documents on this site are Microsoft Excel documents (.xls). You will need to have Microsoft Excel, or an open source equivalent, to read these files.
PC users can download a free utility from Microsoft to view PowerPoint (.ppt) presentations without having to purchase Microsoft PowerPoint. Unfortunately, this utility is not available to Mac users. However, we export our PowerPoint presentations to HTML format so they are viewable in any web browser. You will see a link to the HTML version of every PowerPoint presentation next to the downloadable presentation’s icon.
Enabling Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, or 9 (PC)
- From the browser’s Tools menu select "Internet Options".
- Select the Security tab.
- Pick the "Internet zone" icon.
- Push the "Custom Level…" button.
- Scroll down the Settings list to the Scripting item. (You may need to double-click on icons to expand lists.)
- Under the "Active scripting" item, choose the Enable radio button.
- Push OK and Yes to confirm and close the Security Settings dialog box, then OK again to close the Internet Options dialog box.
- Refresh the current page.
It is recommended that all users of Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and below upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer found on the Microsoft Web site. Be sure to run all software and security updates!
Enabling Safari (Mac OS X)
- From the browser’s Application menu select "Preferences".
- Click the "Security" tab.
- Close the Preferences dialog box.
- Reload the current page.
Can’t find the answer?
If you’re having difficulty with any aspect of our site, and the answer is not found here, please feel free to contact us. Please carefully and precisely state the problem that you’re having. We strive to answer every question as soon as possible.