I have several questions for those of you who are
expert in WebOPAC issues.
From recent postings, I see that we can have a
test port opened to the Web Server.
Does this create a "second instance" of the
WebOPAC ? I would like to test any changes to WebOPAC pages ( mainmenu,
opacmenu_sX, etc.. without cludging up the live system.
Also, to prevent patrons from browsing the I'net
with a PC dedicated to the catalog, some of our consortium members run the
WebOPAC in Netscapes "kiosk mode". Anyone know how to do this with
Thirdly, for those libraries running in kiosk
mode, I have designed a framed mainmenu.html with leftframe/mainframe. The
leftframe has buttons linked to /search, /ftlist, /patroninfo and so on with
the target being mainframe. When you hit 'Search' the search page (opacmenu_sX
which has liked text to /search/t /search/a etc.) pops up in the mainframe. So
far so good. Enter a search for title, author or whatever, and the results
also show up in the mainframe. BUT - if you click on an item in this
list, the resulting page opens up over the top of the entire framed widow,
blocking out the leftframe and consequently leaving the patron with no way to
return to the control buttons in the leftframe. Any way to prevent this?
Last but not least, a 'Back' button in the
leftframe designed to allow the user to return from a non OPAC page, such as
not in Netscape. The keystrokes Alt-Left Arrow work in both Netscape and IE
but I don't know how to simulate this in html or java. Anyone?
Michael A. Sauvola
Northern Waters Library Service
3200 E. Lakeshore
Ashland, WI 54806
"We have done so much, with so little, for so
that now we can do almost anything with nothing".