How to Use Website
Zoom in or out on your browser to make sure all parts of the website can be viewed. The database can be browsed using the panels on the left. The square panels on the left are called ‘filters’. These filters tailor searches and determine the data that are displayed (either as a map or as a table) on the right.
When a filter is selected it appears on the left hand side of the website.
When the website loads for the first time, the ‘Toponym’ and ‘Date’ filters are active. These allow the date and time period to be selected. Further filters can be selected by clicking on words written in bold across the centre of the website. For example, the occupation filter is added by clicking on the word ‘Occupation’.
Data can be selected using the filters by clicking on the words displayed in the form of a list within each filter. For example in the ‘Occupation’ filter we find words such as fur workers and tanners.
The order of the filters can be changed by clicking and then dragging the filters up and down. The order of the filters is important as it affects the data that are returned. The filters are ranked hierarchically from top to bottom. The data available for selection in the bottom filter are determined by those above it. The selected data are displayed in the outputs on the right of the screen. They can be displayed either on a map or in the form of a table.
The map is interactive and its functions will be familiar to those who have used
Google maps. It is possible to zoom into the map and to drag the map in different directions to display the area required. Hovering over a symbol reveals the place-name and the dates of available data. Clicking on a symbol displays the evidence associated with that location. Further information can be accessed by clicking on the evidence number that is displayed in the pop-up. The button in the top right of the table display allows the whole table to be viewed. The data that are selected can be downloaded in a tabular format for use in spreadsheet packages such as Microsoft Excel by clicking on ‘Save all data to file’.