Apart from browsing through the various menu options above you can find information in one of three ways:
- Enter a search term or phrase in the search box which is situated to the right of the menu options above (click on the magnifying glass to make your entry).
- Select a category from the drop down menu at the bottom of any web page. The adjacent figures indicate the number of items referenced by the category.
- Select an index tag from those shown at the bottom of any web page. The more used (popular) tags appear larger.
These ways of searching differ as follows:
- The search box entry is compared against words in the website and where a match is achieved the information containing the search term is displayed with the latest at the top. Just because information is retrieved does not mean it is relevant to the person undertaking the search.
- Categories are predetermined subject terms chosen to represent the information content of the website. They are arranged in a hierarchy and can be likened to a contents list in a book. Information is assigned to one ‘chapter’ or ‘sub-heading’ as it is entered into the website. Their use enables the search query to be much more specific and increases the chances that the information will be relevant to the enquirer. Note that selecting a ‘chapter’ will also retrieve all information in its ‘sub-headings’; while selecting the ‘sub-heading’ will only find information categorised in that way.
- Tags are like an index to a book, but are not arranged in a hierarchy. Tag terms (one or more as appropriate) are added to or selected from the existing list, to ‘tag’ newly entered information and enhance the chances of relevant information being retrieved. Thus ‘Westhampnett’ is a tag which helps identify an area. It is not a term that would be used as a category.
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