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There are six different ways to navigate through WI. Pick the one that suits you best.

On every page, there are at least four different ways to get to the WI Home Page, and usually six.


WI consists of three sections:

There are five types of pages in WI. Click on links to see examples:

  1. Section lead pages. Full menu on the left navbar, introduction to the site in the centre on a theme-coloured background. The right navbar may or may not include a sub-menu.
  2. Information pages. Similar to Section lead pages, but with information on white background. Same left menu bar as Section lead page, but different right menu bar. Most of the pages on the site are of this type. The page you are now reading is an Information page. Because there are no deeper levels to this Help section, a right menu bar is not necessary on this particular page.
  3. Datasheets. Results of database queries. Same header information as Section lead pages, however the whole body of the page is used to provide more information in less space. The links that would have been in the left or right menu bars are now top and bottom, as well as contained in a "Jump Menu" pulldown near the top right of the screen (sometimes labelled "Go To.")
  4. Popup windows. If you've clicked on 1, 2 or 3, you've already seen them. Popups sometimes link to other sites, but usually link to supporting information. All our popups can be removed by clicking "OK" or "Close Window" at the bottom centre of each popup.
  5. Hover Help. A small window that will pop up when you hover over a link like this one Used to define terms that may not be understood by all. By using hover help, we can keep the information on the page to a manageable size, but provide detailed explanations of terms as well.

Navigation Links

Page Top:

At the top of every page on the site there will be a black bar. On the left is the WI word logo. Clicking it will take you to the WI Home page. On the right, are links to Home, Emergency, Site Help and Contact Us pages.


Page Bottom:

At the bottom of each page, the top-of-page links are repeated.


Left-nav bar:
The left-nav bar will contain all the main menu items for a section. No matter how deep you delve into that section, this bar will remain the same. The picture shows that we are in the Rehabilitation section of the site (it's the first item in the list,) and we are on the Education sub-menu - as evidenced by the Education wordmark, and the fact that the coloured cursor covers the Education menu option.

If there are other menu items below the Search engine box, they will be to different, though related areas of the site.




Right-nav bar:

Using the same page as the one above (Education) as an example, this right nav-bar shows the menu items for the Rehabilitation--> Education portion of the site. Not all items will have sub-menus like this one, and some may even have several layers of them. However, as mentioned above, although this right-nav menu may change, the one on the left will always remain the same, and represent the top level menu for the section that you are in.


 


Bread crumbs:

What we affectionately call "bread crumbs" is a menu bar that follows you as you track your way through the site. As you move through WI, you can get quite far away from the Home Page. The bread crumps can help you find your way back. Looking at the two examples above, we have gone to the Rehabilitation section of the site, selected the Education menu item, and let's say we just clicked on "Internships" in the menu above rignt.

The "bread crumbs," circled in red, allow us to track our way back all the way to the Home Page if necessary. Although this example is only three menus away from the Home Page, it is possible to have "bread crumb" links that are seven levels deep. Hopefully, this will allow you to move around areas of interest quickly and efficiently.


Jump Menus:

When you are really "drilling down" into the site, the left and right- nav bars become inadequate. In cases like these, and in most cases where we have a datasheet showing database information (these datasheets have no nav bars left or right) then we provide a Jump Menu near the top right of the page. In the example shown, we are on the

Rehabilitation-->Wildlife Care-->Medical Care-->Diseases page of the site. You can go even deeper into the site by selecting one of the menus on the right, or go back by selecting one of the items on the pulldown menu, which has been expanded in this picture by clicking on the down-facing arrow to the right of the "Wildlife Care Menu" text. The left-nav menu is still there on most pages, but adding the Jump Menu allows you the flexibility of finding any item that may be remotely related to the area you are now reading.


Search Engine:

Every page has a Search engine link on the left-nav bar. This search capability allows you to find any area of the site that matches a word or phrase. As we develop WI further, we will also allow full database searching through the Search engine.



Where pages are very long we also provide a table of topic headers at the top of the page.

Understanding the navigation system will allow you to use WI to best advantage.

And those six Home Page links on most every page?

  1. The word logo on the left of the top black bar
  2. The navigation menu on the right of the top black bar
  3. There will be one below the Search on the left-nav bar
  4. There will be one on the "bread crumbs" bar near the top of the page
  5. On the menu at the very bottom of every page
  6. If there is a WI logo at the top of the right-nav bar (there is on this page,) clicking on it will usually take you to the Home Page.