Finding your way around the site
Navigation between pages on
this site can be done in more than one way. Firstly, the top menu gives you a
quick link to the upper hierarchy of topics:
travel, online privacy, music, cannabis and the catchall "More..." category.
Although a click on any button on the green bar here will take you to the main page in that
topic, each button with a tiny arrow on the right is also expandable downwards. The
full menu of site offerings is available from these drop-down sections. It's a
browser to be able to use it.
Most pages also have a "Jump to another zone:" drop-down menu at the bottom
of the content, with a more summary selection of choices:
The site search engine has more options available for in-depth searching across the pages of this site. You can access these (and advice for successful searches) by clicking "Advanced Search" on the homepage, or through More... Site Search using the top menu on any page. This search tool searches the entire site except for the travel cafeKlysm FAQ and photo gallery pages. To search those places, type your search term into the small box at the top-right corner of each page and hit <enter>
If you use the site search engine, you have the option of making searches using Boolean operators. There are three buttons, with AND being selected if you do nothing. With AND Search, when you put more than one word into the search box, results will be any pages which include the words, but not necessarily in the order you typed them. With OR Search, results will be any pages that include one of the words you typed. With Phrase Search your results will be all the words you typed, in the order you typed them.
Where present, EXIF information (time, date, exposure settings, etc.) on a picture is displayed if you click on the "View more information" button on the bottom right of each picture page:
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites. They may provide useful information to the originating site. For you, it means you can use a site more efficiently and save time by not having to re-enter your details each time you visit. In general, there are three types of cookies on websites:
Some of these cookies are essential and some are optional.
"StatCounter.com respects the privacy and rights of its visitors. No effort is made to identify individuals without their knowledge. Personally identifiable information such as visitor's name, telephone number, postal address and email address are technically impossible for StatCounter to collect and no attempt is made to do so. The information that is recorded consists of the date and time of visit, ip address, browser (e.g. Firefox 30), operating system version (e.g. Windows XP), screen resolution (e.g. 800x600), referring link, the current page url and the current page title. This information is collected solely to improve the service we offer to you and statistical purposes and is not used to identify individuals."
Other than this, the site sets persistent cookies, for the quick poll or when you rate a topic or download a file from the site. You’ll find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org
This site respects the 'do not track' setting on browsers. If you have not specified this, a tiny, one-pixel image is sent to your browser. This helps us to see which files you downloaded and if there were problems with the download.
Browsers and screen resolution
The tokezone supports "any damn browser." The site has been tested on five different browsers in Windows - Opera, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chromium/Chrome and SeaMonkey. There are plenty of (seemingly-contented) visitors to the site who use Safari, so there should be no problem there as it is a Web-Kit browser.
Concerning screen resolution, 1280 x
1024 will mean freedom from horizontal scrolling on all the pages. Only around 2% of
site visitors have
monitors with an 800x600 pixel resolution, and these people will need to swing the picture from left to right in order to view the entire page. A full HD screen (1920 x 1080) will give good results in the panorama zone and photo galleries. High colour (thousands of colours) is
OK for the photo gallery, and you'll probably get by with 256 colours on
the rest of the site, although it will look rather grainy.
"Send to a friend" page and content ratings stars
Send to a friend button (1) and rating stars (2)
You can rate the content on certain pages (and in the FAQ pages, each topic) with a simple 1-5 stars system. Just click the number of stars you want to give the page and your vote will show. As your IP address is also recorded, you may not vote on this particular page a second time. In addition, individual photo gallery pictures can be rated in a similar way.
A newer form of document format is the epub book. This is intended mostly for reading on mobile devices, although there are some free programs which will be useful if you want to view an ePub text on a fixed computer. There will be a suitable ePub reader for a device running on a Windows, Macintosh, Linux or Android machine. If you are using the Kindle eBook reader, epub files can be converted to mobi for free either online (usually a size limit applies) or with the free Calibre software (Windows, Linux and OS X).
If you are having problems with the downloads, don't right-click on the link - the download link works indirectly through a script which loads your file. Don't use a download accelerator. Try downloading with a different browser or from another location (different ISP). Use the final link you see immediately, as it is limited to five minutes' validity.
The panoramas are now implemented entirely in HTML5, so require no browser plugins for QuickTime or Flash. You should, however, use a modern browser which will show HTML5 animation.
Multimedia content (music on the toke-cards, video
and audio clips) needs the appropriate plug-in for your browser.
The Firefox browser in particular
can be fiddly when trying to configure a plug-in for the e-cards' music (MIDI).
Opera, Chrome and IE nearly always play these cards without problem.
I'm always looking for
feedback and suggestions about the site, so if you have a comment, please
contact me here.