Hints on Using this Site
Works in Any Device
The site is designed using Responsive Web Design (RWD) techniques to respond to device screen size and to present the best possible viewing experience for the visitor no matter how they view the site.
There are several navigation menus on the pages of this site:
- the main navigation (located below the site logo);
- the bread crumb (located just under the top navigation);
- the page navigation (located below the page header); and
- the footer navigation (located at the bottom of each page).
Not all navigation menus may appear on all pages.
- The bread crumb menu is not used on my personal site.
- The page navigation menu appears only when necessary.
- Additional navigation listings can appear within pages.
The Aside (Sidebar)
The aside (sidebar) portion of the page displays differently on wide (computer or tablet) and narrow (smartphone) screens.
The Quick Links listing is the first item on the aside on this page. Where it displays depends upon whether you're viewing on a wide screen or narrow screen.
Wide Screen View
Where the viewer's screen is wide enough, the aside content displays to the right of the main content on the page:
Narrow Screen View
When viewed in a narrow screen (less than 600 pixels), the aside column is relocated below the main content:
The footer navigation appears below the aside content in a narrow screen.
Page Navigation Issues
Since the page navigation menu links point to content on the page they're located on, they can appear to not work in some circumstances. Let's use the “Quick Links” aside content as an example.
Wide Screen View
In wide screen view, aside content displays to the right of the main content. Clicking on the Quick Links listing in the page navigation menu item may not appear to work. This is because the linked content is located to the right of the page navigation menu.
Narrow Screen View
In narrow screen view, aside content displays at the bottom of the main content. Clicking on the Quick Links listing in the page navigation menu will take you below the main content to the start of the aside content.
External Links Open New Windows
External links (those pointing outside this site) open a separate tab and display a dotted line underneath (e.g., DuckDuckGo).
- These are not pop-up windows. Close the new tab to return to this site.
I've chose to open external links in new tabs so that you can view referenced content while retaining the original content on this site and because some sites redirect links (which disables your browser's back button).
Local Links Open in Same Window
Internal links (those pointing within this site) open in the existing window or tab (e.g., RHC Computer Services). Use your browser's back button to return.
If you wish to open a link in a new tab, right-click (or ⌘-click) on the link. Hold down the link then select a new tab from the menu on mobile browsers.
- The “local time” widget on the Contact page.
- Opening external links in a new tab.
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Different Browsers — Different Experiences
You should be able to view the content on this site with any browser.
However, unlike printed documents, each browser may layout or display content differently. See how differently Firefox and Chrome display audio controls:
Use a Recent Web Browser
Keep Software Updated
Running obsolete (unsupported or unpatched) software makes you vulnerable and puts everyone at risk by allowing the spread of malware, viruses and security holes that can be exploited by hackers, governments, unscrupulous businesses and other parties that threaten our privacy.
Replacing old software can be pricey, but there's a serious risk of data loss if your system isn't kept up-to-date.
Be sure to keep your operating system and all your software (apps) updated to the most recent version.
- When a program is updated, install that update.
- Cease using a program or device that is no longer receiving updates or support.
Text sizes may be increased/decreased in modern browsers if you have difficulty viewing the default sizes or if the default sizing doesn't work for you.
This function varies by browser and version, but try Menu ⇒ Zoom. The menu is usually represented by some variation of a “hamburger” icon () in modern browsers.
For quick access, try holding down the
Ctrl button and pressing:
+(plus) to increase the text size;
-(minus) to decrease the text size; and
0(zero) to reset the page to 100% (the default) — not supported in IE.
Mobile users can change the size of content by simply pinching or spreading with your fingers.
Several documents on this site are provided in PDF format which ensures their original layout is retained.
If a number is displayed in brackets — e.g., (PDF–2.5 MB) — this indicates the size of the document in megabytes (MB) or kilobytes (KB) to warn users on cellular or slow connections.
Firefox & Other Browsers will Display PDFs
In most cases, these documents will display inside current versions of browsers like Firefox, Edge and Chrome without the need for plugins.
If enhanced PDF features don't work in your browser, you'll need a dedicated PDF reader that has the ability to manage those extras.