Frequently asked questions

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Question: I do a search of the archives, the page gives me lots of text. How do I highlight my search terms in the text?

Answer: (Assumes the use of Firefox browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer is similar) – Either click “Edit” then “Find” from the main menu or type Control-F. Type in your search term, or any other word you are interested in in the dialogue that appears at the bottom of the page. Then click on “Highlight All”.

For additional information, click the “Help” menu in your browser.

Question When browsing various items on the Omeka pages, I see an error: Sorry, we were unable to find the document at the original source. Verify that the document still exists. You can also try to download the original document by clicking here . What is up with this?

Answer The Worthington Historical Society has many files located on an Internet server that is separate from the main web site. This arrangement involving remote storage causes Omeka to emit this error. This arrangement offers a significant cost savings, however.

Question Relating from the above, I click ‘here’ and I get an error 404 – Not found.

Answer The Omeka program assumes that all items are stored on the main Internet server. Many items are stored on a separate server.

Question If Omeka cannot find a file, can I still view it?

Answer Yes. If you click on the image below the word ‘Files’ on the Omeka page, you will see the full-sized rendition of the image you hope to look at.

Question When I search in the Omeka Pages, I set a criterion that a field will contain a certain value, the search results do not make sense.

Answer Simple: Put a percent sign on either side of the search term you are interested in. Techno: Omeka is a MySQL application which uses the ‘like’ syntax; it does not use the ‘rlike’ syntax. When making ‘like’ queries, put percent signs on either side of the term that the results are to contain. If you require that your search result begins with the term in question, omit the leading percent sign. Similarly, if you want your search result to end with the term in question, omit the lagging percent sign. If you do not care, put the percent sign on both sides of the search term. The MySQL reference manual which is available on line for reference provides a complete dissertation on structured query language syntax.

Comment I use a modem. These pages load way too slowly.

Suggestions Consider turning off picture loading in your Internet browser. If that does not work, consider turning off JavaScript. Note that turning off JavaScript may prevent the pages from loading at all, it is worth a try. In any case, make a note of what settings you changed so you can change them back. Also remember that JavaScript is not the same as Java. Do not check or uncheck a ‘Java’ box expecting an impact on page behaviour.

  • Images – Firefox. Go to Edit, Preferences, Content tab. Uncheck the box “Load Images Automatically”.
  • Images – Safari. (Click gear icon in upper right), Appearance. Uncheck the box “Display Images”.
  • Images – MSIE – Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, Multimedia uncheck the box ‘Show Pictures’.
  • JavaScript – Firefox. Go to Edit, Preferences, Content tab. Uncheck the box “Enable JavaScript”
  • JavaScript – Safari. (Click gear icon in upper right), Security. Uncheck the box “Enable JavaScript”. There is another box in Safari concerning Java, not to be confused with JavaScript. Since WHS is not using Java technology, do not change the setting of this box.
  • JavaScript – MSIE Tools, Internet Options, Security, Internet, Custom Level, Scripting, Active Scripting. Check ‘disable’.

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