How to use the Bayfield County website
At first glance, this Web site works pretty much like all the other Web sites on the Internet. You can click on links to go to other pages, open documents, or in some cases, e-mail someone. However, bayfieldcounty.org is sporting a few added conveniences these days. Follow the links below or scroll down to learn more.
In the site's global naviagation area (the links just under the header; ie. "Skip Nav," "Departments," etc., you may notice some letters underlined like this. Those letter denote access keys for the related links. You use access keys by holding the "Alt" key (on a Mac, hold the "CTRL" key) and press the letter indicated. This will, depending on your Web browser, either follow the link, or highlight it so that pressing the "Enter" key will follow it.
Please note that access keys only work in standards-compliant browsers. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer is not among that group. If you'd like to use access keys and other features of this Web site, consider changing your Web browser to Firefox or another standards-compliant browser.
Using access keys is really way less confusing than it sounds. Let's try an example now, OK? Here's a link for quiche. See how the "q" is underlined? Hold "Alt" (or CTRL) and press "q" to get your recipe. Easy, huh?
You can use this same technique anywhere you see a link with an underlined letter on bayfieldcounty.org. (A note to the more adventuresome: the link in this paragraph doesn't actually go anywhere, if you were wondering why "Alt-i" didn't take you somewhere. It's merely for demonstrative purposes. As you were.) This convention is also starting to gain steam on other Web sites as well, so keep a sharp lookout!
Finding the Right Page
We've all been to Web sites where we've had to search for absolutely *minutes* and still couldn't find what we were looking for. Hopefully, that won't be the case at bayfieldcounty.org. Here are a few suggestions to help you find information more quickly:
- Make a reasonable guess; if you're looking for information about a department, try that department's homepage.
- Use the "Search" function (not available yet). That's almost a sure way to get what you need.
- Try the site map. That give's you a bird's eye view of the entire site and may help you drill down a little.
- When all else fails, E-mail the Webmaster drop me a line. Hey, I'm here to help, right?
Over on the western edge of the site (that'd be the left side, unless you're facing south ;) ), you'll see something called "Quick links." We tried to be as descriptive as possible, and I think we nailed this one on the head. You see, the quick links are just shortcuts to some pages that we think are important or which have important information. Try 'em out and let us know if there's something we oughtta add to the list.
Um, yeah... about IE 6...
You may have noticed that IE 6 (and other obsolete versions of Internet Explorer) don't display our site very well. Long story short, that's because we're using some nifty, modern web tools that the IE 6 browser engine doesn't understand. We're OK with that. After all, IE 6 is eight years old. That's like, what — five centuries? — in snail years. Using it is like entering Gramps' old Studebaker in the 2009 Indy 500: It'll get you there, slowly, and with a lot of pampering*.
We know some of you are still holding on to IE 6. Whether it's mandated from on high for you, or you're just keeping it for sentimental reasons, we feel your pain. Really. But fear not! We're about to show you the path to salvation; the road to righteousness; the highway to heaven! Can I get a hallelujah?
OK, so maybe that's a tiny bit over the top, but check it: We have some links to modern browsers that'll do a better-faster-stronger-harder job of browsing *all* websites. Except for those couple over in the far, dark corner that were made for IE 6 (I'm really dissapointed in you, Wisconsin DHS...). Any of these browsers will do just fine by you.
You don't have to thank us. It's the least we could do. Really. Just turn your friends on to these better browsers and it's all blue skies!
*For what it's worth, IE 6 will display all of the *information* on our site just fine, even though the *presentation* may be a little skewed. Also, for the record, we've got nothing against Studebakers.