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Tips on Using This Resource
Colored Headings as Links
Any colored heading is a hyperlink, not just blue headings. There are numerous links to and from headings in the text, as follows.
- There are hyperlinks in the Contents to each of the 8 units and 40 chapters. Additionally, there are hyperlinks at the start of each major section to the headings in the text that follows.
- Each heading in the text is a hyperlink to the corresponding heading in a list of all the headings – which are in turn hyperlinks back to the headings. In the online versions, these lists of headings occur at the bottom of each page in the main text. In the ebook versions, the lists in the All Headings Lists section are used.
- The Major Headings Lists section contains lists of the major headings for each of the 8 units. The headings listed are hyperlinks to the corresponding headings in the text.
- The All Headings Lists section contains lists of all headings for each of the 40 chapters. The headings listed are hyperlinks to the corresponding headings in the text.
There are cross references to other headings in the text. These can occur at the start of chapters, parts, sections and subheadings. These are blue and so obviously are hyperlinks.
The arrows ⇑ and ⇓ occur immediately after verse references in some comments and cross references, e.g. Ex 40:38 ⇑; Ex 13:21 ⇓. These are cross referencing the referred-to verse in the previous or following subsection respectively.
Links to Bible Websites
To enable quick checking of a passage’s biblical context, each passage’s Bible reference is a hyperlink to the first verse in the passage in its chapter on a Bible website. For the In‑Depth Edition, in which all verses are from the English Standard Version, this is the ESV Bible website. For other editions, which use verses from various translations, this is biblia.com.
As The NET Bible is the most commonly used translation in the editions other than the In‑Depth Edition, the verses will display on biblia.com using The NET Bible. However, biblia.com has numerous other translations that the user can easily change the verses to.
The Scripture Index and the Subject Index have hyperlinks under the verses and topics listed, to the verses and topics in the text.
These links refer to the section that the verse or topic appears, rather than page numbers. For example, 12.II.C refers to Chapter 12, Part II, Section C.
Some of the links in the Subject Index are bold. This denotes that the link is to a major heading.
Additional Online Functions
On mobile phones these navigation icons appear either in:
- the bar at the top of the screen (first image below); or
- the bar at the top of the menu screen (second image below).
Note that the menu screen is activated by the “burger” button, the first icon in the first image above.
On larger screens the navigation icons/buttons are together, near the top of the pane on the left side, as per the image below.
Based on the order in which they appear on larger screens, the first three icons are links to:
- the Contents page;
- Tips on Using This Resource (i.e. this help page);
- the Search Headings page.
The fourth icon opens the Bookmarks dialogue box, with links to any bookmarks that have been set.
Activating the Bookmark button displays a Bookmarks dialogue box, allowing the user to set initially up to four bookmarks. The larger editions have an Extra Bookmarks option for enabling a further four bookmarks.
Bookmarks are set to the current position of the current page. Bookmarks are stored in a device’s local storage, to be available in later sessions.
When a bookmark is set, its icon changes to the color associated with the unit in which the bookmark is set. For example, in the image above the first two bookmarks are red, which indicates that they are set on pages in Unit B. The third bookmark is set on a page in Unit E, being green, while the fourth bookmark is not currently set.
When setting a bookmark, the dialogue box is expanded to display a section that gives the user the option of inserting a label for the bookmark – as per the image below. The label can be up to 20 characters long.
Also note the following finer points:
- If the bookmark is set in portrait orientation, it is best to return to the bookmark in portrait orientation.
- If the Base Font Size or the Line Height settings are changed after the bookmark has been set, the position of the bookmark will be altered.
- If the right pane (available on larger non-iOS devices) is displayed, the bookmark will not cater to the position of text in the right pane.
On all screens, there is an icon the shape of a cog on the far-right side of the bar at the top of the window. It opens a settings pane at the bottom of the screen.
On small screens this settings pane initially displays as in the first image below. Tapping the Color label brings further settings into view, as shown in the second image below.
Larger screens have additional settings. On screens as wide as laptops or wider, the settings pane displays as below.
Based on the order in which they appear on larger screens, these settings are as follows.
- Right pane: This is available on larger screens, but not on iOS devices. It toggles (on and off) a pane on the RHS of the screen. (cf. The Right Pane and Full-Screen Mode, below)
- Author's comments: This toggles the display of comments after some headings and some verses. Note that there are not many comments in the smaller editions.
- San-serif font: This toggles the font used for verses between the default serif font and a san-serif font. The latter is the font used for the headings and comments.
- Base font size: This enables the user to change the “root” font size. The size of all the headings and paragraphs in the main text are based on this.
- Line height: This allows the user to change the spacing between paragraph lines in the main text.
- Toggles in top bar: This displays buttons in the top bar for each of the other toggle switches in the settings pane. The icons used for the buttons correspond to the icons displayed next to the corresponding settings.
- Page Background: This gives the pages a colored background. There are six color options, in an adjacent combo box. These include dark colors, which most users would find preferable when reading at night.
- Key text in verses: This applies formatting to the parts of verses that the subheadings refer to, to highlight them. (cf. Key text in verses, below)
The Right Pane and Full-Screen Mode
On larger screens a pane can be displayed on the right-hand side, to display content that would otherwise appear towards the top or the bottom of the page. Such content includes: Bible Study Questions (in the editions that have questions); and links to headings on the page. (Note that where there is a list of links to headings on a page, the headings also link back to them, enabling users to see the context of any heading on its page.)
When the right-side pane opens, a left arrow and a right arrow are displayed in the top-left corner of the window (as per the image above). The arrows are to simulate the functionality of the browser’s Back and Forward arrows while the right-pane is displayed. (This is because the browser’s Back and Forward arrows usually return the user to the top of a page – rather than to the correct position in the main text – when the pane is displayed.) These arrows "remember" up to the last 6 locations, IF you only use them and not the browser's arrows. They can be reset by toggling the pane off and on again.
The right-side pane has a slider at the bottom, which enables users to adjust the width of the pane.
Note that a right-side pane option is not available in the Two-Minute Edition, the Pocket Edition nor on iOS browsers (e.g. on iPads).
Full-screen mode can be turned on (or off) at any time using F11. (If F11 does not work on a laptop, try holding down the Fn key and pressing F11. If F11 does not work on a Mac, try Command + Control + F.) In full-screen mode, however, on most browsers the back and forward navigation arrows will not be displayed. If the right-side pane is displayed, users can use the left arrow and right arrows that display with it (shown in the previous image).
If the right-side pane is not displayed, two buttons are displayed in place of the right-side pane arrows (as per the image above). These work exactly the same as the browser's back and forward arrows, except that they are not "greyed out" if there is no page to go to. Alternatively, users can use Alt + < and Alt + >.
Key Text in Verses
Apart from in the two smallest editions, the parts of the verses that are reflected by the subheadings can be formatted to stand out. When the Key text in verses switch is turned on, the format selected in the box below the switch (cf. image below) is applied.
The color options are different when a dark background color is selected. The color options for Unit color and Unit highlight also differ, reflecting the unit that the current page is in. For example, green is the color used in Unit E. Relating to God for the headings and other aspects. So if the current page is in Unit E, then the options for Unit color and Unit highlight will be green.
Note: Clicking a format option that is already selected – including double-clicking an option – is a convenient way to close the settings pane.
Variations on iPhones and iPads
Users will see some differences in using this material on iPhones and iPads as compared to other devices. These differences are as follows.
- Activating a bookmark icon to go to the position of a set bookmark will return the settings for Author's comments and San-serif verse font to what they were when the bookmark was set (if they have changed).
- The Right Pane, which is otherwise available for browsers on large screens, is not available on iPads.
- At the time of writing, toggling comments on or off will usually move the position of the page in the viewport. Toggling the font might also change the position, though not to the same extent.