First Time User Helps
(thread begun by RandyP )
Welcome first time user to the pBiblx2 Field Wise Bible System at SHEPHERDPUPLINUX.US. Here is some useful helps to get you started on your way to a productive use of the pBiblx2 online system.
The most recent releases of pBiblx2 includes the concept of user interfaces to optimize it's productivity on various devices/work surfaces. In the top menu there is the pBiblx2 globe or icon. That icon is your link to optimized mobile or desktop interfaces. The primary difference between mobile and desktop interface is the location of the menu bar saving mobile users valuable screen space and giving them a side bible tab for either bible book name or bible storyline lookups when in bible viewing mode.
From this icon one can also enter "mini tool" interface mode which is often used by Web Programmers for individual bible tool components and "content only" mode which makes the page menu and search tools disappear (also used mainly by Web Programmers).
From the pBiblx2 menu icon the user also has the option to change themes. "Day"/"Night" themes can help the user to adjust any interface to ambient light conditions that might effect the devices readability. "Print" option is automatically selected by most modern browsers when printing to a local printer from your device; the option is included for those browsers that don't. "None" removes any and all CSS style directives and is a good option for some mobile devices that don't play well with CSS style sheets or for text mode browsers such as Links/Lynx.
Typically, pBiblx2 opens local page links in the current browser windows (in most cases). The "Target" option from the pBiblx2 menu icon allows this behavior to be modified, such as to have all links open in new browser tabs. This can be helpful when studying complex multi linked page resources. The "Content Window" option is designed to display the linked content in a window/tab specifically named "CONTENT" (again mostly for Web Programers developing component type html interfaces).
From this pBiblx2 menu icon the user can also switch the default bible translation. Some pBiblx2 Field Wise servers host as many as 150 different public domain translations. This option effect the default translation from this page forward only and works on all bible/note page/tag/dictionary/index resources unless specifically defined by the page/resource author. Translations can also be temporarily switched/compared from the bible search tool on each bible page as a separate function.
A pBiblx2 menu bar also holds icons linked to:
|Site's home page||Bible and tool home page|
|PCARR notes home page|
|User discussion home page|
With the mobile interface, the menu bar moves to the side and most icons are removed giving you more screen real estate, and addition menu links in the form of tabs. There are bible book tabs, common translation tabs, index tabs. Some mobile users find this easier, some prefer to remain in the desktop interface and search these resources from the standard select box options given on the footer of most pages.
At the bottom of most pBiblx2 rendered pages there are an assortment of additional tools. For instance, on PCARR note pages you might find:
else on bible passage pages:
|Bible book page|
etc.. depending on what type of resource page you are on.
Seeker is the search tool that you will likely want to use the most. From it you can search the entire bible, specific parts of the bible, search dictionaries and indexes or user tags, folders of user PCARR notes and journals, etc... Seeker will also format external searches on reputable Christian search engines such as Seekfind.
A link to Seeker can be on the Bible and Tool homepage from the desktop interface menu bar, from the ? tab on the mobile interface sidebar, or as author defined resource link on any PCARR note page such as this link. In the bible page footer toolbar there is also a on/off switch that will make every single bible word in a passage a direct link to Seeker for further searching. Take a look at a bible passage like nkjv@Psalms:117 to play around with it.
Seeker allow common word and phrase searches as well as common Boolean AND/OR/NOT inquiries. Without having to search through the entire massive database of pBiblx2 resources it lets you search just the particular resources that you want most to.
pBiblx2 indexes are easily authored and can contain most anything from bible indexes to local media and external web link tables. index:INDEX is a fairly general index that is maintained to be of the most immediate benefit, however a dropdown select box is available on every index type page from the index toolbar listing every current index file.
Indexes are often two tier databases having a index key element atop and the index table data below. This allows authors of those indexes to better organize their sometimes extensive links and data. Note authors often directly quote these indexes so that they appear to be part of the authored material; indexes are often seamless in this respect without you having to go there yourself (see example note page BookOfGenesis ).
Some index are also larger multicolumn spreadsheet type databases.
Much of additional content of this pBiblx2 system is derived from the PCARR note taking facility of pBiblx2 including many of the menu's anchors and landing pages. Each of the pBiblx2 Field Wise servers currently run on the internet can have the same content or different content based on what the host administrator is willing to author or have authored. Rarely are pBiblx2 Field Wise sites exactly the same... which is a good thing?
It is a powerful system!
If on your own server or a willing friends, you have the ability to author your own page content, be it personal notes, blog like postings, articles with the site administrator's permission. The user comment facility is separate from the note facility so that it can be open to more users. Often commenters will need a separate password, but that permission would allow both comments/tagging and journaling separate from actual content authoring. See UserContribution for more site specific details.