SEAS Hierarchical Viewer/Editor: Uni-dimensional Argument Derivative Question

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Hierarchical Viewer/Editor: Uni-dimensional Argument, Derivative Question

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Here the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor depicts a derivative question from a uni-dimensional argument (i.e., ECONOMIC.IRAQ-99). The symbol(s) that appears in the upper right corner depicts aspects of the associated situation descriptor (here the coins depict the associated economic perspective, the dates indicate the bounds on the time period analyzed, the flag depicts the associated region, and the page of text indicates that there are additional free text annotations included in the situation descriptor). The "READ ONLY" symbol indicates that this argument cannot be modified by you; an Unpublished symbol will appear when appropriate (see Publishing).

Navigation Map and Navigation Buttons

At the top left of this display is a navigation graphic that depicts the hierarchy of questions. Each node in this graphic is colored with the light that corresponds to the answer to that question. When the cursor is positioned over a node, a pop-up displays the corresponding question topic and text. The question depicted in this display is indicated by its corresponding node in the graphic having a dark border. If weighted fusion methods are being employed, then questions given less weight are depicted by smaller nodes (see Fusion and Inference Methods for details). Immediately below this navigation graphic are the navigation buttons that move one laterally (left and right) or vertically (up) within the hierarchy; when this uni-dimensional argument is being portrayed in the context of multi-dimensional argument, a button is included for moving directly to the multi-dimensional display. You can also navigate by directly selecting a node within the navigation graphic. Pushing a (down) button, adjacent, to one of the supporting questions, causes the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor to move down the hierarchy, bringing up a display with the associated question appearing as the focal question. If weighted fusion methods are being employed then weighting symbols will appear immediately to the right of the down buttons.

Pushing the Viewer Parameters button (below the navigation buttons and below the auxiliary toolbar, if present), brings up the following dialog. The Types parameters for Memos causes yellow rectangles to appear in the navigation map. If they do, it indicates that the adjacent node/question has a memo displayed of one of the selected types. 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.

Other Buttons

The three buttons that appear at the far left in the toolbar invoke the Hierarchical Viewer (i.e., this viewer), the Summary Viewer, and the Table Viewer. The Template (i.e., "T") button, that appears near the middle of the toolbar, switches this viewer/editor to the template that underlies this argument. 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 argument (see Using Discovery Tools for details). The remaining buttons at the right end of the toolbar bring up the Memo Viewer/Editor, the Publication Information Manager, the Situation Description Viewer/Editor, the SEAS Object Manager, and this Help system, respectively, moving from left to right. If the memo button has several dark lines across its yellow field, this indicates that there are memos attached to this argument that are not currently being displayed in this window (more on this below).

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 the one below. A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked.

The first three buttons at the left in this toolbar perform the same operations as those in the SEAS Object Manager, only on the argument that is the focus of this viewer/editor. The merge button invokes the Merging Tool where information can be moved between this and another template. The export button brings up the following dialog. Pushing the save button, after having selected the type of file the export is to be Saved As, performs the export (see Exporting and Importing for details on the different types of exports); pushing cancel before save exits the dialog without performing an export.

Pushing the critique button will bring up the following dialog where you select the specific Checks and sets the associated Criteria that the Argument Critic is to apply to this argument, and specifies whether or not to Discard Previous Critic Memos. Upon pushing the ok button, the Critic will perform the specified checks, posting a memo of type critique wherever the criteria is not met; pushing the print button will print this dialog; pushing the cancel button before the ok button will exit this dialog without performing a critique of this argument; the Help button invokes this Help system.

If this argument has not been versioned before, then pushing the version button will bring up the first dialog below, otherwise the second dialog below will be brought up. In this first dialog, you are asked to select the New Collection Type to be used to record versions of this argument (see Using Collections for an explanation of the differences among these types). Push the new button, after having selected a type, to create a new collection containing both this argument and a copy. Future modifications to this argument will not impact the copy. Push the cancel button to exit this dialog without creating anything new.

If this argument has been versioned before, then pushing the version button will result in a dialog similar to the following. Pushing the Inspect button adjacent to a collection in the Collections to Use will cause the contents of that collection, being used to record versions of this argument, to be displayed. After having specified the collection to use if more than one is present, the Previous Item Name (if present), whether or not the item should be published, and whether or not the Collection to Use should be placed your home collection, pushing the new button will add a copy of the argument as a new item to the collection and, if so indicated, publish that copy and add that collection to your home collection (if not already there). Pushing the cancel button before the new button will exit without creating a copy of this argument. See Using Collections for a detailed explanation of versioning and sequencing collections.

Clicking on the button at the right will bring up the Information window (see below) that provides additional information about this argument. Unless you are limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), the top part of the window will appear as below, allowing you to select a different template to use as the basis for this argument. Push the Discovery button to find a uni-dimensional template. Upon pushing the ok button, it is substituted for the original template underlying the uni-dimensional argument. [High SEAS Only: The Information window also displays the collections that are supported by this argument (i.e., collections for which this argument is an item) and the multi-dimensional arguments that are supported by this uni-dimensional argument (i.e., ones in which this uni-dimensional argument is a component). Clicking on an Inspect button adjacent to a supported object will open that object.] The cancel/close button dismisses the Information window without making any changes and the Help button, on the far right, invokes this Help system.


If visible memos are attached to this argument or its underlying template, viewable by you, 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.

Questions and Lights

The focal question appears just below the toolbar of buttons. Below this question the display shows the Supporting Questions that were posed to arrive at an answer to the focal question. The answers to these yes/no questions are portrayed as sequences of lights, along side the corresponding question, ranging from green to yellow to red (the exact number of lights may vary). If one or more of a question’s lights are on, it indicates that something is known about its answer: if one light is on, that is the answer; if multiple lights are on, it is indicating that the answer is one of those that is lit, but there is not enough information at present to give a definitive answer; by convention, if all answers remain possible given current information, no lights are lit. The advantage of this display is that the answers to all of the questions can be very quickly scanned to understand the overall characteristic of the assessment and to reveal which of the questions are driving the current answer.

Signal Flags

Red signal flags may appear below leaf nodes in the navigation map or adjacent to supporting questions. A flag below a node in the navigation map indicates that the (primitive) question corresponding to that (leaf) node has exhibits or evidence that require attention. A flag adjacent to a supporting question indicates that there are exhibits or evidence at primitive questions that hierarchically support the associated question. These flags allow you to rapidly navigate to those questions that require attention.

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