SEAS Table Viewer

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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

Table Viewer

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

Here the Table Viewer depicts a uni-dimensional argument (i.e., Economic.IRAQ 99). The symbol(s) that appears in the top 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 The Unpublished Template symbol (below the situation descriptor symbols) indicates that neither this argument nor its underlying template are published. The absence of a "READ ONLY" symbol indicates that you can modify this argument and the absence of a Collaboration Warning symbol indicates that no coauthors are simultaneously accessing this argument (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. 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. The buttons that would move one laterally (left and right) and up within the hierarchy are not functional in this viewer. However, when a 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. Selecting a node within the navigation graphic invokes the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor on the corresponding question.

Signal Flags and Memos

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

Yellow rectangles may appear in the navigation map. If they do, it indicates that the adjacent node/question has a memo displayed of one of the selected Memo Types (see Summary Options below).

Other Buttons

The three buttons that appears just to the right of navigation buttons in the toolbar invoke the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor, the Summary Viewer, and the Table Viewer Parameters editor on this argument or template. 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 in 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 or template 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 (without the merge button if the table represents a multi-dimensional argument or template and without the information button on the far right if it represents a multi-dimensional template). A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked. Immediately below the buttons on the left is a small downward pointing triangle.

These buttons perform the same operations as they do in the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor. See the Auxiliary Toolbar section for the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor operating on the appropriate type of object (i.e., multi-dimensional argument, multi-dimensional template, uni-dimensional argument, or uni-dimensional template) for details.

Table Viewer Parameters

Immediately below the toolbar, the active Table Viewer Parameters are textually described that determine the content of the tables that summarize the associated argument(s) or template(s). Every Table Viewer summary uses successive rows of a table to capture the successive generations of questions/answers. The relationships among the questions/answers is preserved by having derivative questions/answers overlap their supporting questions/answers. In the case of arguments, each cell in this graphic is colored with the light that corresponds to the answer to that question. When the cursor is positioned over a cell, a pop-up displays the corresponding question topic and text. Pushing the Table Viewer Parameters editor button brings up the display below where these setting can be modified.

In the summary table that follows, a uni-dimensional argument is depicted. The root question, captured buy the single cell that constitutes the first row, overlaps the four cells that correspond to its four supporting questions; each of these, in turn, overlaps their three supporting questions in the last row. In the table above, each question has its answer depicted by three or five possible lights, with the answers that are selected lit with their corresponding color. The example above also depicts the fusion method in use at each question, the supporting evidence and weights, exhibits, and discovery tools below each primitive question. When the cursor is positioned over any element in this depiction, a pop-up describes the corresponding item.

The Table Viewer Parameters are modified through the Table View Parameters editor, which is invoked by pushing the corresponding button in the toolbar. The Fill parameter for Table Cells determines if the cells are filled with color and the Labels parameter determines if the table cells are labeled with the corresponding question Topic. The Answers parameter for Question Answers determines if All or None of the answers are included. The Details parameters determine if the Evidence, Exhibits, [High SEAS Only: Weights, Fusion Methods, and/or Discovery Tools ] are shown. You can set these parameters individually or you can select a Present Configuration of parameter settings, keyed off of the level of detail you wish to see i.e., minimal, moderate or full.

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.

When the Table Viewer is invoked on multi-dimensional arguments, each component argument is depicted by its own table.


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