Stamps and Postal History

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user guide
(WEBMASTER)

U S E R G U I D E

Please find below a list of the different functionalities and purposes of the website.,




HOME PAGE:

Country Menu:

The "COUNTRY MENU" allows the user to jump between the 7 countries covered by the website.




Timeline:

The "TIMELINE" is displayed on the home page and supplies the user with an overview of how many items are in the database and how they are distributed throughout the period covered by the website. The number includes all dated entries within the database. The user can "click" on the number below the period, which will result in the display of all stamps issued within the given period along with any dated text entries relating to the postal history of the area. No other items are displayed via the "TIMELINE".




SEARCH ENGINE:

Item Type:

The website is based on three groupings of items:

Group 1: Stamps

Group 2: Cancellations, Registration Labels, Postage Dues and Other Postal Markings

The common denominator for the items in Group 2 is that they all can be allocated "Earliest Known Usage" and "Latest Known Usage".

Group 3: Covers, Aerogrammes and Other Philatelic Items

The common denominator for the items in Group 3 is that they all can be linked to one of more of the items in Group 1 or Group 2.




Catalogue No:

The website caters for four different numbering systems for stamps:

1. The website numbering system is based on the issue date of the stamp and numbered accordingly.
2. The Stanley Gibbons Catalogue
3. The Scott's Catalogue
4. The Michel Catalogue




Date Search:

The "Date Search" function allows the user to search within the time span of their choice. The date should always be 8 digit: DDMMYYYY or DD/MM/YYYY.




Description:

The keyword search is only applicable to "Stamps".

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Search Results:

One can select the format of the search results to be either text or image but the function is only applicable to "Stamps" or “Cancellation Marks, Registration Labels, Postage Dues and other Postal Markings”.

Image Format: Each matching item has a large thumbnail and brief details presented in the search results. This is a nice way to navigate the sites contents from a visual perspective.

Text Format: Items are grouped together with large blocks of text, creating a layout in book format. This perspective allows one to focus more on the textual content within the database.

Item Relationships: Covers are related to stamps, cancellations, registration labels, and postage due items, and vice versa. When one is viewing the details of any particular item the system will gather a listing of all related items and present it under the item’s details. One can then select one of these related items and view it’s details. This relationship browsing makes interacting with the website a much more engaging experience.




THE DISTRIBUTION GRAPH:

The DISTRIBUTION GRAPH is not displayed in the menu bar but is worth mentioning at this point, as it is part of the results that you may come across when using the Search Engine. The idea behind the DISTRIBUTION GRAPH is to generate a bar graph displaying the distribution of the items usage from it's earliest to latest known usage. It applies to stamps, registration labels, cancellation marks, postage due cachets and other postal markings and kicks in once there are more than 10 items linked to the item – example more than 10 covers with the same cancellation mark. The distribution of items within each bar can be viewed by moving the mouse over the distribution bar.




PREFERENCES:

The "PREFERENCES" option allows The User to choose from two colors of text - black and gray - and two sizes of font - small and large. Once the choice is made your PC will remember your preference each time you visit the website.




WEBSITE CONCEPT:

An introduction by the Webmaster to the ideas behind the website.




SUBMIT YOUR ITEM:

"SUBMIT YOUR ITEM" is one of the websites interactive functionalities which allows the user to submit items from his collection on to the websites database. An explanation of the use of each field is given underneath the actual submission form. All items
of philatelic value are welcome: booklets, pamphlets, cylinder blocks, varieties etc - there are no limitations and it is up to the individual submitter if an item is of relevance.

The general size for images is 50KB for a single stamp and 100KB for covers. However, as items differ in nature and size it is the recommendation of the Webmaster to focus on quality first. All images and their sizes are subject to the approval of the Webmaster and will be adjusted in size in order to keep within the standards of the website and to insure good download time for users browsing the website. All external contributions become a permanent feature of the websites database.




ADD COMMENT:

In addition to the "SUBMIT YOUR ITEM" function in the Menu Bar each item within the database has an "ADD COMMENTS" functionality displayed at the bottom of its presentation box. This function allows The User to comment on the specific item being viewed.

A comment should have postal history relevance to the item it is targeting and is submitted by clicking on “ADD COMENT”. The comment will be sent to the Webmaster once The User has saved it and displayed at the bottom of the presentation box following approval by the Webmaster. The Webmaster for display will approve all philatelic, historical, cultural and similar comments. This allows the website to become a platform for an ever growing wealth of information all built on a structured logical model, that is both easy to organize and view. All external contributions become a permanent feature of the websites database.




SUGGESTIONS:

The users forum to help the Webmaster improve the product.




DATABASE LOG:

The purpose of the DATABASE LOG is to keep The User updated with all the latest entries submitted to the database.




THE LIBRARY:

THE LIBRARY has been created for the purpose of inviting individuals and societies to write articles about topics relating to the theme of the website. The article must be given a date, title and name of author and submitted to the Webmaster using a word processing tool. All articles will be converted to PDF format by the Webmaster and listed in "THE LIBRARY". Once an article has been listed in "THE LIBRARY" it will be available for all users to download for their reading. All external contributions become a permanent feature of the websites database.




POST OFFICES:

It is of philatelic importance to know the details of the different post offices operating in a country. The date of the opening of a post office and possible closing date if this exist - along with address and contact.




POSTAL RATES:

Designed to produce an overview of the postal rates applicable to a country through time.




INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC:

There is a section describing the history and characteristics of the Arabic language as an introduction the language for non-Arab collectors.




THE REGIONAL CURRENCIES:

Articles on the region's currencies and their history are presented in the currencies section of the website.




HIJR/GREGORIAN CALENDAR CONVERTER:

The function allows the user to travel between the two calendars systems should this be needed.




SOURCES & LINKS:

The reference to different sources used for the information displayed on this website and relevant links relating to the Arabian Gulf.



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