Appearance - BrowsersThere are a number of things that you can do to optimize the look of fpua.com on your computer. We recommend browsing with either of these two free downloads:
Appearance - Resolution
FPUA makes every effort possible to develop for our audience's varying graphics resolutions. We currently develop our pages for a minimum of 800 x 600 resolution. By using this as our guideline, we can be sure that everyone can enjoy horizontal-free scrolling as much as possible when viewing our pages. Of course our pages can be best viewed in 1024 x 768 resolution.
As mentioned, although we try to accommodate all screen resolutions some of our data tables are too large to fit on one screen in a 800 x 600 screen resolution. When this occurs we recommend changing your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher. This is easily done on your individual computer by going to your "control panel" and selecting "display". Within display select "settings" and choose the screen resolution you would like.
If you feel the font size on the web page you are viewing is too small, you need to adjust the text size with your own browser settings. If you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox, hold the Ctrl key and turn the mouse wheel, or go to the "View" tab in the browser and choose "Text Size." This enables you to change the font size. Common browsers for Apple and Linux have the same options.
Portable Document Format (PDF)Why we use PDF
Many downloadable documents placed on our website are created in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF is used because it maintains the original look and feel of large documents, and allows us to place more publications on the web in a quick and efficient manner. Further, PDF products are independent of platforms, applications, and distribution media.
How to obtain a PDF Reader
Versions of Acrobat Reader exist for all major computer platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, LINUX and several other operating systems. To download the reader, you'll need a Web browser (such as Mozilla's Firefox or Internet Explorer) connected to the Internet. Please follow the instructions on the Adobe Acrobat download page to install the Acrobat Reader. This reader is free of charge.
Having problems with PDF Files?
Should you experience PDF files appearing as a blank window within Internet Explorer after downloading and are using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or earlier, please upgrade to a later version.
If this does not resolve the issue please follow the following steps:
Use the "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" option to download the PDF file directly to your hard drive and bypass the Acrobat Reader plug-in.
- Using the right-side mouse button click on the file (click on the title link) you are interested in.
- Select the "save target as" option in Internet Explorer, or "save link as" in Netscape.
- Save as type should be "Adobe Acrobat Document" or "all files."
- Make sure you name the file (or accept the name supplied).
- Know the location of where you are saving it.
- Hit save.
- Use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file after downloading.
Accessibility and PDFs
Adobe Systems, Inc. is producing various products designed to make PDF documents accessible to persons using screen reading software. Their accessibility web pages describe their efforts. They also have a free downloadable accessibility plug-in called, MakeAccessible. The MakeAccessible Plug-in creates a tagged Adobe PDF file from an untagged PDF file. This allows a PDF document to be read by a screen reader.
Video/Audio Playback and Flash
About Video and Audio Playback
Videos will be able to be viewed immediately using Windows Media Player, or can be downloaded for easier viewing. The Windows Media Player should automatically download any needed codecs (these are needed to view certain video formats).
How to obtain Windows Media Player
Click Here to acquire Windows Media Player.
About Adobe Flash
FPUA uses Adobe Flash in some of our applications. Adobe Flash Player displays web application front-ends, high-impact website user interfaces, interactive online advertising, and short-form to long-form animation. Designers and developers use Adobe Flash to develop distinctive and compelling content, revolutionary user interfaces, and rich applications for the web. It is pre-installed in most web browsers and on most computers.
How to obtain a Adobe Flash Player
Click Here to obtain a free Adobe Flash Player.
About Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
SVG is a web development language based on XML. SVG, a W3C recommendation (web standard), enables web developers and designers to create dynamically generated, high-quality graphics from real-time data with precise structural and visual control. Through the use of SVG, we are able to offer dynamically generated, high-quality, scalable, interactive graphics from real-time data. Although many SVG viewers are available, we recommend the Adobe SVG Viewer 3.0 (or above) as a stable, well-supported viewer.
How to obtain Adobe's SVG Viewer
Visit Adobe SVG Viewer Download Area to download a free viewer.
ZIP Format Archive Files
Why we use ZIP
A Zip format allows either extremely large files, or files created in formats no longer widely used, to be combined and compressed and thus downloaded with more speed and ease. The user requires an "unzip" utility to extract files from an archive (all files for downloading have been compressed using zip archiving and compression).
How to obtain a ZIP Extractor
To acquire the decompressing utility for your computer's operating system, click on the appropriate link below:
Download a trial version of Winzip
Download a zip/unzip utility for Macintosh (MacZip)