There are two things to understand when viewing this site. The first is how to adjust the size of the website in the browser window, so that all the content can be seen and read. The second is with how the site has been designed in terms of navigation. Both these subjects are dealt with here.INCREASING or DECREASING SIZE
1. Shrink the site using shortcut key strokes; by pressing Ctr and - (minus) on the keyboard. Similarly, the site can be enlarged by pressing the Ctrl and + (plus) keys. If you need to, try it now. Do this until you can see the grey border that surrounds the main content.
2. The same can be achieved using browser settings.
If using Internet Explorer 8 go to the Menu Bar and click VIEW; then go down to ZOOM and decrease the percentage shown; e.g. to 75%. This can easily be reset after you have finished browsing the site. 100% is usually standard. If using Firefox go to the Menu Bar and click VIEW; then go to ZOOM and click ZOOM OUT; similarly you can ZOOM IN.
The 1280 x 1024 resolution has been adopted in order to display images and information at a reasonable size and so that the images can be used for education purposed.
The content of the site; the plants, their species, have been laid out in two ways. In ''taxonomic order''; important in showing how similar plants are related to one another; and like with people, in families, which is more helpful in identifying a plant. In an A-Z Family List, but to use this you need to know the plant family name. If using the family list to navigate please use the A-Z Family List link that appears on each family page to navigate.
In the taxonomic orders, rolling over text with the cursor often changes the image displayed to the right of it. The image or montage provided relates to the text alongside, as a further more visual aid. Plant ''Order'' and ''Family'' pages have been designed with roll-over images. I hope to provide image roll-overs for every species featured here and a site search facility by late 2011. Names of the most common plants are also provided within the text links so please read carefully down the list if you are unfamiliar with scientific names or plant taxonomy.
Sometimes the roll-over image changes are slow, this may be a problem at peak surfing times, or when the site is busy. Please remember that where there is a scroll bar on the page, there is more content to be viewed.