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Active Library Explorer(ALEX)


  • How to Get Started with Active LibraryExplorer


  • Copyright

    Copyright Ericsson AB 2007, 2008. All rights reserved.


    No part of this document may be reproduced in any form without the writtenpermission of the copyright owner.

    The contents of this document are subject to revision without notice due tocontinued progress in methodology, design and manufacturing. Ericsson shallhave no liability for any error or damage of any kind resulting from the useof this document.

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    Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in theUnited States and/or other countries.

    Adobe and Acrobat are registered trademarks of Adobe SystemsIncorporated.

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  • Contents


    1 Introduction 11.1 CPI Library 11.2 Active Library Explorer Functions 1

    2 Active Library Explorer Window 2

    3 Basic Functions 53.1 Back and Forward 53.2 Searching 53.3 Navigating 63.4 Adding Bookmarks 73.5 Copy Link to Clipboard 73.6 Printing 73.7 Viewing PDF Version of Current Document 73.8 Opening a Document in Separate Window 7

    4 Getting Help 8

    Glossary 9

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  • Introduction

    1 Introduction

    This document is an introduction to the Active Library Explorer, software thatenables users to browse Ericsson Customer Product Information (CPI) librariesin a standard web browser.

    The document is written for Active Library Explorer version R10/4 or later.

    Target Group

    This information is intended for anyone needing to use Active Library Explorerto read Ericsson CPI.

    1.1 CPI LibraryA CPI library is a container file that includes HTML, PDF, and Excel files.HTML is the primary file format for reading on screen. For each HTMLdocument, a corresponding PDF file is usually provided that allows theinformation to be printed in a reader-friendly format.

    1.2 Active Library Explorer FunctionsActive Library Explorer contains two sets of functions:

    Library functions are used for handling complete libraries. You can, forexample, search for libraries, or compare libraries.

    Document functions are available when a library is opened for viewing.These functions are used for handling documents in a library, for example,to search for a document.

    This document covers the basic document functions. The library functions arenot described here; refer to the Help information available in the Active LibraryExplorer for this information.

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    2 Active Library Explorer Window

    An example of an Active Library Explorer window is shown in the followingfigure.

    Figure 1 Active Library Explorer Browser Window

    The window is divided in three frames:

    The toolbar frame is located at the top of the browser window and containsthe Active Library Explorer tools. See Table 1 on page 3.

    The tree frame is displayed in the left part of the browser. This treecontains the library or document structure and is used for navigating in asimilar way as navigating in a file system. See Section 3.3 on page 6.

    When viewing a library collection, a third tab the collection tab isdisplayed, as shown in Figure 2 on page 3, which contains the structureof the collection.

    The document frame covers most of the browser window. Initially itdisplays library information. When a folder is selected it displays thecontents of the folder, the subfolder and document icons. When adocument is selected, it is opened in this frame.

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    Figure 2 Collection Tab

    Active Library Explorer Toolbar

    The Active Library Explorer contains the tools as shown in the following figure.

    Figure 3 Active Library Explorer Toolbar

    The following table lists the Active Library Explorer tools.

    Table 1 Tools in the Toolbar

    Button Explanation ReferenceBack and Forward Section 3.1 on page 5

    Search Section 3.2 on page 5

    Advanced search Section 3.2.1 on page 5

    Next search hit Section 3.2.2 on page 5

    Find in document frame Section 3.2.3 on page 6

    Add bookmark Section 3.4 on page 7

    Copy link to clipboard Section 3.5 on page 7

    Print Section 3.6 on page 7

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    Button Explanation ReferenceShow PDF Section 3.7 on page 7

    Help Section 4 on page 8

    A fuller description of these functions is found in the Active Library ExplorerHelp.

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  • Basic Functions

    3 Basic Functions

    This section describes the basic document functions.

    3.1 Back and ForwardThese two buttons, located on the main toolbar, allow you tonavigate the most recently viewed pages just as the Back andForward buttons do in other browsers.

    3.2 SearchingEnter the search parameters in the Search document field onthe toolbar and press Enter (or click the Search icon) to initiate asearch of the content of the library.

    Four different types of searches are performed simultaneously: Command or block name looks for command codes and function block

    names. Document title looks for words located in document titles. Document number looks for matching document identities. Body text looks through the contents of every document in the library.

    Once the search is complete, a list of matching documents is displayed in thedocument frame, organized according to document type. Each document title isa link to the corresponding document.

    More detailed information is found in the Active Library Explorer Help.

    3.2.1 Advanced Search Options

    Click the Advanced Search icon to open the Advanced Searchpage, where any combination of the four search types can beselected. Logical operators can be used, as well as searches for acertain document type.

    3.2.2 Next Search Hit

    Click the Next search hit icon to jump to the point in a documentwhere the next search hit is found.

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    3.2.3 Find in Document Frame

    This feature allows the user to search for a string in the documentframe. Clicking the Find in document frame button opens adialog box that prompts the user to enter a string to search for.This feature works only in HTML documents.

    3.3 NavigatingThe tree frame shows a hierarchical tree structure of either the library or adocument. Two tabs are available to switch between the structures:

    Click Library to show the structure of the library in the tree frame. Usethis structure to navigate the library.

    Click Document to display the structure of the document currentlydisplayed in the document frame. (The tab is enabled only when an HTMLdocument containing a section structure is displayed in the documentframe.) Use this structure to navigate within a document.

    When a library collection is being viewed, a third tab, Collection, is available.

    In a tree structure, navigate in a similar way as navigating a file system:

    Click the symbol to the left of a folder or section to expand the tree,showing the folders or sections on the next tree level. At the same time, the

    symbol is replaced by a symbol.

    Click the symbol to collapse and close the folder or section.

    Click the folder icon or folder title in a Library structure to show the contentsof a folder in the document frame.

    Click the document icon or section title in a Document structure to navigateto that section in the document frame.

    Click the library icon or library title in a Collection structure to open thatlibrary for viewing.

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    3.4 Adding BookmarksClick the Add bookmark icon to create a bookmark to thedocument currently displayed in the document frame.

    More information is found in the Active Library Explorer Help.

    3.5 Copy Link to ClipboardClick the Copy link to clipboard button to copy the link of anopened Active Library Explorer page onto the clipboard so it can bepasted anywhere it is required.

    Note: This button is available only in IE. When using Netscape, the user mustcopy the URL link of the page being bookmarked by opening the AddBookmark window, right clicking on the bookmark link and choosingthe Copy Link Location option in the browser context menu.

    3.6 PrintingClick the Print icon to print a document in the document frame.The browser print function can also be used. There is no differencebetween these two ways of printing.

    3.7 Viewing PDF Version of Current DocumentClick the Show PDF icon to open the document currently in thedocument frame in PDF format.

    The button is dimmed if no PDF file is available for a document.

    3.8 Opening a Document in Separate WindowA standard browser feature enables a user to open several documentssimultaneously in separate windows. To open a document in a separatewindow, place the cursor on the document link and right click on it. Select theOpen in New Window (or similar) option.

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    4 Getting Help

    Click the Help icon for further information on a subject in ActiveLibrary Explorer. This opens the Active Library Explorer Help,which, for example, describes the following information:

    Search The available search options, as well as searchexpressions, wildcards, and logical operators

    Navigation How to navigate in the tree structure of the library

    Other The other icons in the toolbar frame, for example, howto display the PDF version of the displayed documentand how to insert a bookmark.

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  • Glossary


    CPICustomer Product Information

    HTMLHypertext Markup Language

    PDFPortable Document Format

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    toc1 IntroductionTarget Group1.1 CPI Library1.2 Active Library Explorer Functions

    2 Active Library Explorer WindowActive Library Explorer Toolbar3 Basic Functions3.1 Back and Forward3.2 Searching3.2.1 Advanced Search Options3.2.2 Next Search Hit3.2.3 Find in Document Frame

    3.3 Navigating3.4 Adding Bookmarks3.5 Copy Link to Clipboard3.6 Printing3.7 Viewing PDF Version of Current Document3.8 Opening a Document in Separate Window

    4 Getting Help