How To Use This Book

As noted elsewhere The Joy of Visual Perception is not a book in the traditional sense. First of all, the obvious. It is software, presented on the World Wide Web. Secondly, the book depends a great deal more on figures and graphical representation of ideas and concepts than do most books.

If you have a small screen it might be a good idea to take away some of the information at the top of your screen. This is typically done within your browser taking advantage of choices in the "Option" or "Preference" menus. A little experimentation will show you that which is best for your monitor and associated software. If you haven't already discovered it, on the home page you can open the book in a frames or a no frames mode. If you prefer no frames then click on the NO FRAMES option. If you decided to use the frames option just go ahead use the book. But if at some point, you wish that the right frame was larger, you can click on the vertical dividing line and drag it to the left as far as you want.

It is not a book that requires you to start at the top of the Table of Contents and linearly work your way through to the end; although that may not be a bad idea.

If you are using a browser that allows the use of frames, the following will be very useful. You probably have noticed that when using frames the forward and backward buttons at the top of your screen do not work. However, you can still move forward and backward within a frame by clicking your right mouse button. A forward/backward window appears and you can move around by clicking on the appropriate words. This web book will work a little better with Microsoft's Internet Explorer because the animations are a bit more effective with this browser.

There are a number of features in the book that will help you to navigate from place to place. First of all there is the Table of Contents. Like most table of contents it summarizes the main features of the book. Secondly, there is a Subject Index which is very much like most subject indexes.

In the interesting Links section of this book there is a very useful link called Visionary, A Dictionary for the Study of Vision, by Lars Liden. For the reader new to vision this would be a very useful resource.

All of the figures give information on how to move to some other part of the book. Find this information and click on it with your left mouse button. Finally, there are many clickable text items in the screens that contain only text. For example, see the words Table of Contents and Preface below. These words are characterized by their underlining and if you have a color monitor they are color coded. These clickable text items also help you to navigate to desired parts of the book.

Table of Contents
Subject Index
Table of Contents [When not using frames]