English or languish - Probing the ramifications
of Hong Kong's language policy
- Obsolete software
This website, along with its host sites EARTH and Moogoonghwa, was built with Adobe Page Mill 3.0J. Though I am thankful to Adobe for having made it available when it was purchased, it is now obsolete and lacks many of the more advanced functions contained in current website publishing software. This is not an apology for my mistakes, just a warning to those looking for BMW style and handling from an old, top-line Japanese bicycle.
- Browser checks
Most pages were checked with Internet Explorer 5.1 and/or Mozilla 1.2.1. On occasion I have forgotten to check with either. If you find an irregular page, please let me know. Before sending your alert, copy the URL (internet address) of the problem page and paste it in the body of your email. Including the words "EARTH - problem page!" in your subject line would also be very helpful. With these words there would be no need to explain the error. EARTH will find the mistake on its own!
- Check before you click!
This website was designed for both the cursory and careful reader. As a result you are strongly cautioned not to click anywhere you find a highlighted word or phrase without first checking to see where you are before you click. You might just want to return!
Cursory reader - If you click and find yourself somewhere that you were not expecting and do not want to be, simply click on the Back Key in your browser menu. This will take you back to the page where you just were. Having arrived you may have to scroll around a little, but you can rest confident that you are on the right page. In short, if you click without thinking, your plight is likely to worsen.
Careful reader - If you click and find yourself somewhere that you were not expecting, stop! Have a look around. You will likely find a link that leads you back to the very spot you were -- not just the top of the previous page. If you are unable to find the return link, before hitting the Back Key try looking at the top of the page or current section heading.
Caution: Some links will force you back to the top of the previous page by default. I have noticed this on occasion while verifying with Internet Explorer. This is probably the fault of EARTH's obsolete software.
- HTML links advisory
In general there are two sizes of highlighted text (HTML links) on each page.
Large highlighted text - This text will take you to additional material related to the section in which the highlighted text is found.
If you wish to return to where you just were, look for small highlighted text (in a few special cases large highlighted text) that bears the name of the page, section, or subsection (sometimes word) corresponding to where you just were.
Small highlighted text - This text takes you to a location on a previous page, an index, or a body of material somewhat related to the page you are currently on. In general you should not click on small highlighted text unless you are lost, or you want to get back to where you just were and can remember the section name or the highlighted word from whence you came.
Highlighted subsection titles often appear in parentheses next to unhighlighted section titles. For example, statistical modelling (cluster analysis). Please note the difference in font size!
- Paging (previous or next page)
Clicking on the highlighted words previous page at the top or bottom of a page will generally take you back to the bottom of the previous page. If you want to get to the top of the previous page, first click on the words previous page and then on the word top at the bottom of the page.
Clicking on the highlighted words next page at the top or bottom of a page will generally take you to the top of the next page. In short forward pedalling is quicker than backward pedalling, but both work.
Some sections, especially the sections entitledStatistical techniques, and Data collection, do not permit either forward or backward pedalling, but they do allow you to hop about according to need. The dark green index pages are your best source of reference for these sections. Highlighted links to at least one index is found on most pages.
- Last resort
If you ever get so lost that even the Back Key on your browser does not help, go to the top of almost any page and click on the words project index. This will take you back to the main index.
Many pages also contain links to the various sub-indices outlined in the project (main) index. Sub-indices can appear with both page and section headings and will save you the trouble of having to go all the way back to start.