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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

How To Do Things in SEAS

If you don't find the answer to your question here, try Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I find and open an exiting SEAS argument or template?

  1. Go to the SEAS Manager (the window that appears immediately after launching SEAS); many SEAS windows have a button with the SEAS logo on it that when pushed will bring the SEAS Manager window into view.
  2. Browse in the SEAS Manager by clicking on + boxes, adjacent to classes of objects, to reveal the contents of those classes, beginning with Arguments, Templates, Recent Objects, or Collections, until the desired object is located. Positioning the cursor over an object and leaving it there, in the SEAS Manager, will eventually result in a popup summary of that object. If opening a class results in a large number of objects, only an alphabetically ordered range of objects will be displayed, with down and up arrows boxes to move that range forward and back. (see Manager for more sophisticated ways of retrieving and finding objects)
  3. Click on the name of an argument or template in the SEAS Manager to open it.
  4. If one is in search of a template, then you can first find and open an argument, and then push the "T" button in the tool bar to open the underlying template.

How do I browse an argument?

  1. Find and open an argument (see above).
  2. If it is a multi-dimensional argument, displayed in a graphic with multiple axes emanating from a common hub like the spokes of a wheel (as depicted above) (see Multi. Arg. for a more extensive explanation), then click on the name of one of the dimensions at the end of one of the spokes (e.g., Economic, Military, Political, etc.) to drill down to that corresponding uni-dimensional argument. A depiction of that uni-dimensional argument will appear.
  3. While looking at a depiction of a uni-dimensional argument, the current base question is displayed near the top of the window. Click on one of the down arrow buttons, adjacent to one of the supporting questions listed below the base question, to drill down to that portion of the argument focused on that question. Alternatively, click on one of the circular nodes in the tree-shaped navigation map (top left hand corner of the display) that represents the hierarchy of questions in the argument, to go directly to that portion of the argument focused on that question. Placing the mouse over any of these nodes will cause the corresponding question to be summarized in a popup display. (see Uni. Arg. Derivative Question for a more extensive explanation)
  4. Clicking on the right arrow button will move you to the next question to the right of the current one in the navigation map, clicking on the left arrow button to the next question to the left, clicking the up arrow button to the question above the current one, and clicking on the double up arrow button will return you to the multi-dimensional argument, if you originally entered at that level.
  5. When the base question is a primitive question (i.e., one that has no supporting questions, located at the bottom of the navigation map), then the base question is displayed followed by the multiple choice answer(s) selected, the rationale given for having made that selection, the evidence supporting that answer (along with the relevance of each), and the exhibits whose relevance has yet to be determined. If a piece of evidence or an exhibit is available for display, then pushing the magnifying glass button adjacent to it will display it. (see Uni. Arg. Primitive Question for a more extensive explanation)

How do I edit an argument?

  1. Find and open an argument and then browse to a primitive question (see above).
  2. If this argument is unpublished and you are included as an author, you will be able to edit it; otherwise "READ ONLY" will appear at the top right of this display. To see the publication information, click on the button with a book on it near the top right. (see Publication Information for a more extensive explanation)
  3. If the active fusion method is set to "Manual" (found at the top of the Evidence portion of this display), then you can change the answer to the question by clicking on the circles/lights to the left of the multiple-choice answers.
  4. Clicking on the pencil adjacent to the rationale will bring up a window where it can be edited.
  5. Clicking on the pencil button adjacent to a piece of evidence or an exhibit will allow you to edit its information.
  6. Clicking on the down or up buttons, adjacent to a piece of evidence or an exhibit. will demote evidence to an exhibit, or promote an exhibit to evidence, respectively.
  7. Clicking on the trash button adjacent to an exhibit will discard it.
  8. Clicking on the exhibit in-basket will allow you to add a new exhibit.
  9. Clicking on the scope button adjacent to a discovery tool will launch that discovery tool as an aid to finding new exhibits.
    See Uni. Arg. Primitive Question for a more extensive explanation.

How do I create a new empty argument?

  1. Go to the SEAS Manager (the window that appears immediately after launching SEAS); many SEAS windows have a button with the SEAS logo on it that when pushed will bring the SEAS Manager window into view.
  2. In the SEAS Manager, click on the "New" button.
  3. When the New SEAS Object dialog window appears, select from the pull-down menu either "Multi-dimensional Argument" or "Uni-dimensional Argument".
  4. Click on the discovery button (the one with a scope on it), adjacent to the Template field, and find a template, just as you do in the SEAS Manager (see above).
  5. Type in a name for the new argument.
  6. Click on the "New" button; this will create the new argument and open it, with you as its author.
  7. Now edit its contents (see above).
    See Manager for a more extensive explanation.

How do I create a new argument by copying another?

  1. Go to the SEAS Manager (the window that appears immediately after launching SEAS); many SEAS windows have a button with the SEAS logo on it that when pushed will bring the SEAS Manager window into view.
  2. Find the argument in the SEAS Manager that you wish to copy (see above).
  3. Push the "Copy" button followed by clicking on the argument you wish to copy.
  4. When the Copy SEAS Argument dialog window appears, type in a name for the new argument.
  5. Click on the "Copy" button; this will create a new argument that is a copy of the original and open it, with you as an author.
  6. Now edit its contents (see above)..
    See Manager for a more extensive explanation.

How do I browse a template?

  1. 1 Find and open a template (see above).
  2. If it is a multi-dimensional template, displayed in a graphic with multiple axes emanating from a common hub like the spokes of a wheel (as depicted above) (see Multi. Tmp. for a more extensive explanation), then click on the name of one of the dimensions at the end of one of the spokes (e.g., Economic, Military, Political, etc.) to drill down to that corresponding uni-dimensional template. A depiction of that uni-dimensional template will appear.
  3. While looking at a depiction of a uni-dimensional template, the current base question is displayed near the top of the window. Click on one of the down arrow buttons, adjacent to one of the supporting questions listed below the base question, to drill down to that portion of the argument focused on that question. Alternatively, click on one of the circular nodes in the tree-shaped navigation map (top left hand corner of the display) that represents the hierarchy of questions in the argument, to go directly to that portion of the template focused on that question. Placing the mouse over any of these nodes will cause the corresponding question to be summarized in a popup display. (see Uni. Tmp. Derivative Question for a more extensive explanation)
  4. Clicking on the right arrow button will move you to the next question to the right of the current one in the navigation map, clicking on the left arrow button to the next question to the left, clicking the up arrow button to the question above the current one, and clicking on the double up arrow button will return you to the multi-dimensional template, if you originally entered at that level.
  5. When the base question is a primitive question (i.e., one that has no supporting questions, located at the bottom of the navigation map), then the base question is displayed followed by the question amplification (prefaced by "Consider the following:"), the multiple choice answers, and any discovery tools. Pushing the magnifying glass button adjacent to a discovery tool will launch it. (see Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question for a more extensive explanation)

How do I edit a template?

  1. Find and open a template and then browse to different questions (see above).
  2. If this template is unpublished and you are included as an author, you will be able to edit it; otherwise "READ ONLY" will appear at the top right of this display. To see the publication information, click on the button with a book on it near the top right. (see Publication Information for a more extensive explanation)
  3. Clicking on the pencil adjacent to a question will bring up a window where it can be edited.
  4. Clicking on the pencil adjacent to the question amplification will bring up a window where it can be edited.
  5. Clicking on the pencil button adjacent to the choices will bring up a window where they can be edited.
  6. Clicking on the pencil button adjacent to a discovery tool will allow you to edit its information.
  7. Clicking on the trash button adjacent to a discovery tool will discard it.
  8. Clicking on the discovery toolbox will allow you to add a new discovery tool.
    See Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question for a more extensive explanation.

How do I create a new template by copying another?

  1. Go to the SEAS Manager (the window that appears immediately after launching SEAS); many SEAS windows have a button with the SEAS logo on it that when pushed will bring the SEAS Manager window into view.
  2. Find the template in the SEAS Manager that you wish to copy (see above).
  3. Push the "Copy" button followed by clicking on the template you wish to copy.
  4. When the Copy SEAS Argument dialog window appears, type in a name for the new template.
  5. Click on the "Copy" button; this will create a new template that is a copy of the original and open it, with you as an author.
  6. Now edit its contents (see above)..
    See Manager for a more extensive explanation.

How do I create a new multi-dimensional template from scratch?

  1. Go to the SEAS Manager (the window that appears immediately after launching SEAS); many SEAS windows have a button with the SEAS logo on it that when pushed will bring the SEAS Manager window into view.
  2. In the SEAS Manager, click on the "New" button.
  3. When the New SEAS Object dialog window appears, select from the pull-down menu either "Multi-Dimensional Template".
  4. Type in a name for the new template and select the situation type.
  5. Click on the "New" button; this will create the new template and open it, with you as its author.
  6. Now add uni-dimensional templates as component templates by clicking on the Template Stapler (see Multi. Tmp. for a more extensive explanation).
    See Manager for a more extensive explanation.

How do I create a new uni-dimensional template from scratch?

  1. Go to the SEAS Manager (the window that appears immediately after launching SEAS); many SEAS windows have a button with the SEAS logo on it that when pushed will bring the SEAS Manager window into view.
  2. In the SEAS Manager, click on the "New" button.
  3. When the New SEAS Object dialog window appears, select from the pull-down menu either "Uni-Dimensional Template".
  4. Type in a name for the new template, type in the skeletal structure, select the inference method, and select the situation type.
  5. Click on the "New" button; this will create the new argument and open it, with you as its author.
  6. Now edit its contents (see above).
    See Manager for a more extensive explanation.

If you didn't find the answer to your question here, try Frequently Asked Questions.


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