Paddle Trails

Viewing and Printing Tips

Select a topic or question from the list below for more information, or scroll down the page. Two browsers are referenced: Microsoft's Internet Explorer (MIE), and Netscape.

Viewing Tips
Having difficultly reading the maps?
Want access to all the images at once?

Adobe Acrobat Reader
The Adobe viewer becomes embedded in my window, how do I get out of it?
Browser window sizing
Why does the homepage come up when I resize my browser window from another page?
Font settings
What font settings were used to create these pages?
Image selections (hot maps)
Why does selecting an overlap area on an image map send me to the wrong local map?
Why, when I select a trial in one region, am I sent to a page in another region?
Missing information
Why is some information missing on the trail descriptions?
Multiple browser windows
Why, when I select a link, does a separate brower window appear?
Printing maps
What is the best way to print the trail maps?
Printing trail descriptions (text)
What is the best way to print the trail descriptions?
Trail Labels
How are trails labeled?



Adobe Acrobat Reader
The Adobe viewer becomes embedded in my window, how do I get out of it?
The Adobe viewer (link to the free download of the Adobe Acrobat Reader and installation instructions from the maplist page) is an external application that a browser can be set to access to help you view files available on the Internet. Once the software is loaded on your system, you can set the properties of your browser so that it recognizes when to use the software. The image files available on this site which have a ".pdf" extension are Adobe format files. When selecting on any file with a .pdf extension, the Adobe viewer is opened to view the file. In some browers, Adobe will open as a separate window which can be "Exited" when your done. In other browsers, the Adobe viewer embeds itself in the browser window and you have to hit the browser's "Back" button to close the application.

Browser window sizing
Why does the homepage come up when I resize my browser window from another page?
On the first paddle trails page, there is a note recommending that you maximize the size of your browser window. There are two reasons for this.
1) Most of the map images are large and the bigger the window the more can be seen. Even so, the scroll bars will need to be used to view certain areas of the maps.
2) The paddle trails web pages are written using frames. This allows the left-hand index to remain on screen while the content of the right-hand window changes. The first page shown in the right-hand window can be considered a default window (it always appears when the web site address is accessed). Some browsers enable users to resize their windows at any time and it does not affect the content of the windows. Others, however, always reset the windows to their "default" settings. For these browsers, maximizing the size of the window while on the homepage will help prevent having to resize it later.

Font settings
What font settings were used to create these pages?
Using other fonts than those below will make the page layouts appear differently than originally designed but should not change the page's contents. Font sizes are defined in the pages but font types are not defined. The fonts which were used while designing these pages were:
Netscape: Variable Width Font - Helvetica (Adobe) 14.0, allow scaling
Netscape: Fixed Width Font - Courier (Adobe) 14.0, allow scaling
Microsoft Internet Explorer - Encoding, Western European (ISO)
Microsoft Internet Explorer - Text size: smallest

Image selections
Why does selecting an overlap area on an image map send me to the wrong local map?
The paddle trails pages make extensive use of image maps. These are images which have "hot" areas defined so when a user clicks on one of these areas they will link to other text or images. Any spot on an image map may only link to one place. The region maps show the extents of all the local trail maps within that region. By selecting on one of the trail extent boxes, we can link to the local trail map it represents. Some of these local extents overlap. In this case, the overlapping area can only be linked to one of the maps it represents. When selecting on a map extent in an image map, where an overlap exists, try to select on the main portion of the extent and not on an overlapping area. This will help ensure you link to the desired map.

Why, when I select a trial in one region, am I sent to a page in another region?
Either: 1) the trail shows up on the border of two regions, is shown on two region maps, but is listed only in the region referenced by its ID number; or, 2) The trail crosses multiple regions and some of the information for the trail is already listed under the description for another stretch of the river. For example, the Lumber river description is listed twice, one for the northern and one for the southern region. The access points and time summary are only listed under the northern section.

Missing information
Why is some information missing on the trail descriptions?
The content of the information on the paddle trails site has been determined by numerous people representing various interests. Based on the available resources it was determined what types of information should and could be presented. Likewise, a standard format was developed to present this information. In some of the trail descriptions there may be a blank field or some piece of missing information which is present in other descriptions. This information was, simply, not readily available when these pages were developed and will be added as it becomes available and resources allow.

Multiple browser windows
Why, when I select a link, does a separate brower window appear?
The paddle trails pages are written using frames. This enables the left-hand index to remain on screen while the right-hand window's content changes. In order to do this, each window has a "name". The browser window that you use to access the homepage is assigned a default name. Each additional frame window receives a name related to that initial browser window. These names are coded into the documents being viewed. If you are selecting links and the pages are being presented in a completely separate browser window (you see two Netscape or MIE windows) it is because the frames order has been interrupted. This can happen by bringing up a page intended for viewing as a frame independently of the frames environment or when multiple browser windows are open on the screen. To fix this, go to the homepage and use one browser to view the paddle trails site.

Printing maps
What is the best way to print the trail maps?
There are numerous ways to print the trail maps. Multiple formats of the same map are presented. Each format has advantages. The .gif and .jpg files are smaller image files which are easy and fast to view over the Internet. The .pdf files are a little larger and require the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader but produce a much better printed map. For the best results, follow these two guidelines:
1) The fastest viewing is done using the .gif and .jpg files embedded in the pages.
2) The clearest printed map will come from using the Adobe Acrobat Reader to print the .pdf files.

Ways to print maps:
1) Click your mouse on the "Trail map for printing (Adobe .pdf file)" link under a trail description and print from the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
2) Select a .pdf file from the list on the map list page and print using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
3) Use any method of printing a web page (summarized under printing trail descriptions) and print the embedded .gif or .jpg image. This will be a poorer quality map than the .pdf file.
4) MIE - Click your right mouse button on the image and from the pop-up menu select "Save Picture As ..." to download the image to print with another application. This will be a poorer quality map than the .pdf file.
5) Netscape - Click your right mouse button on the image and from the pop-up menu select "Save Image As ..." to download the image to print with another application. This will be a poorer quality map than the .pdf file.
6) Netscape - Click your right mouse button on the image and from the pop-up menu select "View Image (filename)" to view only the image, then use one of the standard methods for printing web pages (below). This will be a poorer quality map than the .pdf file.
7) From the map list page, put your mouse over the image name link than use the right mouse button to access a pop-up menu. Use the "Save Link As ..." (Netscape) or "Save Target As ..." (MIE) to save the file and print it using another application.

Printing trail descriptions (text)
What is the best way to print the trail descriptions?
There a numerous ways to print the trail description text. Trail descriptions are located on each of the local trail map pages. When you print the descriptions on a local map page, all the descriptions on that page, and the map image, will print. Use one of the following methods:
1) Use one of the "Print this page" buttons under any trail description on a local tails map page (all buttons on the same page print the same thing).
2) Click your left mouse button in the trail description window then select the "Print" (MIE) or "Print Frame" (Netscape) option under the "File" menu at the top of the browser.
3) Click your left mouse button in the trail description window then hit the "Print" button on the top of the browser.
4) In MIE you can put your mouse arrow in the trail description window and click the right mouse button to pop-up a menu where you can select the "Print" option.

Trail Labels
How are trails labeled?
Each unique trail is labeled on one map (except for SC-BR/CO-1 since it is on the border of two regions and the few trails that span multiple regions). Parts of other trails, besides those labeled on the map, may be partially shown as well. These trails are more completely shown on an adjoining map and are therefore not labeled in the overlapping area. Go back to the region's map, and select an adjoining map to see the rest of the trail and its description.

Viewing Tips
Having difficulty reading the maps? Use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the map .pdf files. The viewer has a magnifying tool that will enable you to enlarge any area of the image.

Want access to all the images at once?
Go the the map list page to access all the available images.




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