SEAS Comparison Tool

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Introduction: About Getting Started How To
Topics: Concepts Template Style Guide Frequently Asked Questions
Viewers: Manager Publication Information Situation Information
Multi. Arg. Uni. Arg. Derivative Question Uni. Arg. Primitive Question
Multi. Tmp. Uni. Tmp. Derivative Question Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question
Table Viewer Summary Viewer Memos
Collection Manager Collection Viewers Merging Tool
Glossary: Buttons Symbols Terms

Collection Viewers

TIP: Click on the buttons and symbols in the images to view the corresponding glossary entries.

Here the Graphical Collection Viewer depicts a sequential collection. If symbol(s) appears in the upper right corner they depict aspects of the associated situation descriptor. The Unpublished symbol (top right) indicates that this collection is unpublished. The absence of a "READ ONLY" symbol indicates that the current user can modify this collection and the absence of a Collaboration Warning symbol indicates that no coauthors are simultaneously accessing this collection (see Publishing).


The buttons at the far left on the toolbar, switch between different views of the contents of the collection. The first two buttons correspond to the Manager and Graphical views. [High SEAS Only: The next two buttons correspond to the Comparison and Film views. ] The examples, above and below, show the contents as seen in the Graphical view. Go to Collection Manger to see how the contents are depicted in that view. Examples of the Comparison and Film views are found further below.

The buttons centered on the toolbar are used to print this display or to close it. The first button at the right end of the toolbar invokes any auto-populating discovery tools associated with this collection, other than those that are items in the collection (see Using Discovery Tools for details). The remaining buttons at the right end of the toolbar bring up the Memo Manager, the Publication Information Viewer/Editor, the Situation Description Viewer/Editor, the SEAS Object Manager, and this Help system, respectively, moving from left to right.

Pushing the Viewer Parameters button (below the viewer selection buttons and below the auxiliary toolbar, if present), brings up a dialog that includes the information in the one below, at a minimum. The Types parameters for Memos determines which types of memos are visible. The All and None options are shortcuts for selecting and deselecting all of the elements for the associated parameter. The Content parameter causes either the Full memos to be included or a shorter and more compact Synopsis to be included within displays that include the objects to which the memos are attached.

Auxiliary Toolbar

Immediately below the buttons on the left is a small rightward pointing triangle with "Auxiliary Toolbar" adjacent to it. When clicked, this reveals an auxiliary toolbar like one of those below. A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked. These buttons perform the same operations as those in the Collection Manager.


If visible memos are attached to this collection, viewable by the current user, they will appear immediately below the toolbar, either in the form of a short synopsis (as shown below) or in its full form. Positioning the cursor over the subject of a memo will cause its contents to be displayed in a pop-up; clicking on the subject will open that memo in the Memo Viewer/Editor. For more about managing memos, see Memo.

Graphical Viewer

In the Graphical Viewer, a summary graphic for each item in the collection is depicted within a table. The number of rows in the table is determined by the Number of Columns setting in the Viewer Parameters (see below). Clicking on the name of an item in the table will open it. Clicking on other elements in the graphical depictions generally will produce the same effect that they do elsewhere SEAS.

Comparison Viewer/Editor

[High SEAS Only: The Comparison Viewer/Editor finds the first argument in the collection and depicts it and all other items in the collection that are arguments based upon the same template (or a version of that template). Each row in the resulting table corresponds to a question in the template or to an exhibit or evidence in one of the arguments; each column corresponds to one of the arguments.

Pushing the Viewer Parameters button (below the viewer selection buttons and below the auxiliary toolbar, if present), brings up the following dialog. Parameters can be individually modified or you can choose a Preset Configuration of parameter settings, keyed off of the level of detail you wish to see i.e., minimal, moderate, or full. The Column Labels and Row Labels settings for Table determine if the columns are labeled with the names of the Arguments and the rows with the question Numbers and/or Topics for questions and exhibits/evidence. The Fill parameter for Table Cells determines if cells corresponding to Questions and/or Evidence are filled with colors corresponding to their associated answers; the Labels parameter determines if the Topics for questions and citations for exhibits/evidence/discovery tools are included in their corresponding cells. The Answers/Relevance parameter for Question Answers determines if answers/relevances are depicted as lights within their corresponding cells. The remaining Details parameters determine if Weights, Fusion Methods, Evidence/Exhibits, and Discovery Tools are depicted within cells. If you are not limited to Read-Only access to all of the arguments and the Evidence parameter is on, then Exhibit In-Baskets will appear. Clicking on these will either add a new exhibit or add an exhibit from another argument to the corresponding argument (see Uni. Arg. Primitive Question for details). Clicking on most any other object will open it for examination or editing. Through different Viewer Parameter settings, a wide variety of different looking displays can be produced. ]

Film Viewer

TIP: Click on the buttons and symbols in the images to view the corresponding glossary entries.

[High SEAS Only: The Film Viewer allows you to rapidly cycle through graphical depictions of items in the collection. Above, the Film viewer has been invoked within a sequential collection of multi-dimensional arguments. The film strip includes a frame for each item in the collection; each frame consists of a thumb-nail version of a summary graphic for the corresponding item. Below the film strip is a full size summary graphic; initially this depicts the first item in the collection. Passing the cursor over the frames causes the corresponding item's full size summary graphic to replace the full size graphic in the display. Thus, you can move from one summary graphic to another, at your own pace, to see how they compare. Pushing the projector button, to the left of the film strip, causes the graphic to be animated, automatically displaying one frame after another and then repeating; pushing the projector button a second time causes the animation to stop. ]

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