Help with Search
This WebSite has a unique, powerful, flexible search and browsing system. We have tried to mimic what you do to browse a paper catalogue. You would want to look at the first few pages, browse the last few pages and sample middle pages. You would want to turn pages, go forwards and backwards. You would want to bookmark several pages for reference later. You would look in the index to find your interests and then browse forward and back from that point. How nice in a paper catalogue to have, in addition, the pages of interest point themselves out to you, but of course in paper you can't. But on this WebSite you can do all of these things.
After a search, the results pages in which your key words or phrases are to be found are displayed in the Results box as a list of links and page titles. Click once on each or any results page link and a new window will open up to display the page. You can then scroll through the page to find what you wanted. You can scroll forwards or backwards from that point. You can move the results window around your screen. Your full list of search result pages remains available to you at all times and you merely have to click on the next results page link to continue with your investigations.
check that a word or any of the words in a list appear on a page,
tick the OR box.
Then click in the Find box and enter your key words separated by
If you want the search to respect the case of your key words or phrase then, optionally, tick the CASE box. Otherwise, upper or lower case is not relevant in searches.
If you want
the search to find partial words that match your key words or
phrase then, optionally, tick the
Otherwise, the search will only look for whole words that match yours.
To find any 17th century silver tankards, for example, you would do an AND search as described above, searching for the key words Silver Tankard 17th . Case is ignored unless you have ticked the Case box.
When I click on a results page within the CatBrowser results box, a results window does not open up. In fact, nothing happens.
There has been some corruption of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) within your local computer, most likely due to use of certain kinds of anti-virus software. Uninstall any anti-virus software and try again. If this does not work, then contact your supplier or Microsoft direct to find out how to reload the JVM from the Microsoft Website.
Also, if the Browser you are using is not Java 1.1 compatible the search process will not work at all. So, Netscape 3.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0 will not work.
What screen size and settings get the best out of the catalogue system?.
If you use a 17 inch CRT or a 15 inch TFT display with a colour setting of 16 bit Hi Color and a resolution of 1024x768, you will find that one search results window fits an exact catalogue width. You can then open many simultaneous results windows and be able to see them all and the CatBrowser Box at the flick of the mouse.
If you have any comments or questions you would like to resolve, then you can contact us by email by clicking
We would be pleased to hear your views on the CatMaker/CatBrowser system.