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/s in the previous or following subsection respectively.
Similarly, the arrows ↑ and ↓ occur immediately after verse references in some comments, e.g. Ex 24:9–11 ↑; Ex 6:3 ↓. These are cross referencing the referred-to verse/s above or below in the same subsection as where they are used.
Links to Bible Websites
To enable quick checking of a passage’s biblical context, the reference at the start of a passage 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 wider screens, icons giving additional functionality in the online versions appear in the menu bar on the left and on the bar at the top, as per the images immediately below. (The explanations in the following subsections refer to how these options appear on wider screens.)
On smaller devices (e.g. mobiles) these icons are at the top of the window, on either the main screen or the menu screen – as per the images immediately below. (The menu screen is accessed by the “burger” menu button at the top left of the main screen, i.e. the button at the far left of the first image below).
On mid-range devices (e.g. tablets) they are the same as for smaller devices except that the up arrow icon (to move to the top of the page) displays at the bottom RHS of the screen and the help icon (the question mark) is moved to the main screen in its place.
The icons in the image above are links to:
- the cover page;
- the Contents page;
- the user bookmark (cf. The User Bookmark, below);
- the Search Headings page.
The Search Headings page contains a listing of all the headings. Each of these is a hyperlink to the corresponding heading in the chapters. As a word or phrase is typed into the search box at the top of the page, the list of headings is filtered to display only headings that contain the same text.
The User Bookmark
Users can set their own bookmark to go to from any page by using the bookmark icon. Bookmarks are stored in local storage to be available in later sessions. The bookmark icon is white until it is first set.
To set the bookmark at the current position on the current page:
- on touch screen devices, touch the bookmark icon for two seconds;
- on devices with a mouse, right-click the bookmark icon;
- on iOS devices, see Variations on iPhones and iPads.
To return to the set position:
- on touch screen devices, tap the bookmark icon;
- on devices with a mouse, left-click the bookmark icon;
- on iOS devices, see Variations on iPhones and iPads.
When the user bookmark is set, its icon changes to the color associated with the current unit. (For example, if the bookmark is set on a page in Unit B, it will be red.) Whenever the user returns to the page the bookmark is set on, the bookmark icon will have this color. On all other pages it will be black, to indicate that it has been set and is available to use.
Also bear in mind the following finer points when using bookmarks:
- On smaller devices, if the user activates the bookmark icon to return to the bookmark in a different orientation to that in which it was set, usually the user will not be returned to exactly the same position on the page. So if the bookmark is set when in portrait orientation, for example, it is best to return to the bookmark in portrait orientation.
- The bookmark is set only on the position of the main text section. So if the right pane is displayed when the bookmark is set, the bookmark will not cater for the position of text in the right pane. Also, if with the right pane not displayed the bookmark is set on text that can be displayed in the right pane, such as at the start of a question, it will be ineffective if the right pane is later displayed.
The five buttons in the image above, allow users to make changes to the display. The functions of each of these buttons are to:
- toggle the right pane on and off (cf. The Right Pane and Full-Screen Mode, below);
- toggle comments on and off;
- toggle a san-serif font option for verses on and off;
- toggle night mode on and off;
- display the key text formats options (cf. The Key Text Formats, below).
On smaller screens, the corresponding icons are white when the option is off and black when on. (Note that the right pane option is not available on smaller screens.)
Changes to any display option can be saved as the default, for future sessions, on non-iOS devices. This is done on larger screens by right-clicking the button involved, and on smaller screens by holding a finger on the icon involved for a couple of seconds. In each case the icon will briefly change to a yellow color, to signify the setting has been saved as the default.
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 its left arrow and right arrows.
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 Formats
Apart from the two smallest editions, the text in the verses that is reflected by the subheadings can be formatted to stand out. Activating the last of the five buttons for display options (which has a highlighter pen icon) displays the Key Text Formats options menu, in the bottom right corner of the screen.
These options are different in night mode, as shown in the images above. The color options for Unit color and Unit highlight also differ, depending on which unit the current page is in.
On smaller screens, the menu will remain open until it is closed by either:
- clicking the button again;
- clicking the menu's title;
- clicking the menu option that is already selected; or
- moving to another page.
Unlike the other buttons for display options, the button will not remain activated when the user moves to another page.
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.
- There is no capacity to set default states for display options.
- The Right Pane, which is otherwise available for browsers on large screens, is not available on iPads.
- Activating the bookmark icon will display a menu with options for setting the bookmark and going back to the bookmark. Additionally, going back to the bookmark will return the settings for Comments and the Font to what they were when the bookmark was set (if they have changed).
- 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.
Note: Changing the Text Size
Web browsers have the built-in capacity to change the font size. The following explains how to do this in most circumstances.
For Chrome on Android phones:
- Tap the “triple dot” menu button in the top right hand corner.
- Choose Settings and then Accessibility.
- Drag the text scaling slider until the example text is an appropriate size.
On laptops and desktops, options include: holding down Ctrl and scrolling the mouse wheel; and keystroke shortcuts. On a Windows system, the keystrokes are as follows. They are the same on a Mac, except Command is used instead of Ctrl.
- To make text larger: hold down Ctrl and tap the plus key (+).
- To make text smaller: hold down Ctrl and tap the minus key (-).
- To return text to the default 100% size: hold down Ctrl and tap zero (0).
- Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness.
- Tap Text Size.
- Drag the slider to select the text size you want.