The Guardian Plates Viewer
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WHAT IS THE GUARDIAN PLATES VIEWER?
The Guardian Plates Viewer is an Internet Explorer hypertext application (.hta) that allows one to view and navigate through a full set of reduced copies of the Guardian Plates. The Guardian Plates are the masters of a complete set of scanned images of all the pages of a single copy of a 1955 First-Printing Urantia Book.
The Guardian Plates are perpetually maintained unchanged, and copies of them made publicly available, by the Guardian Plates Conservatorium.
NUMBERING
When using the access controls (see illustration below):
Specify the front matter pre-pages by the pre-page numbers p1 through p66 and the book text pages by the page numbers 1 through 2097.
Alternately specify the front matter Pre-Papers by the Pre-Paper numbers p1 through p3 (Pre-Papers are divided into 5-page-long Pre-sections for convenience) and the book text Papers by the Paper Numbers 0 through 196, accompanied by the use of the conventional Section numbers.
ACCESS
All access except for the simple "prev-next" type is by means of the controls on the Access Bar, as follows (see illustration below):
PAGE LOCATOR - gives access to any of the pre-pages (p1-p66) of the front matter or the pages (1-2097) of the book text.
PAPER-SEC LOCATOR - gives access to any of the Pre-Paper (p1-p3)/Pre-Section combinations of the front matter and to any of the Paper (0-196)/Section combinations of the book text.
PAPER SELECTOR - gives the same access as the Paper/Sec Locator, but on a menu point-and-click basis, through means of a list of clickable links to the Papers.
PAPER EXPANDER/COMPRESSOR - Expands the Associated Paper Link in the Paper Selector to show clickable links to all the Sections in the Paper. Compresses the listing for the Paper to a single line when clicked again.
PART SELECTOR - Chooses the list of Paper/Section links with which to fill the Paper Selector.
PART EXPANDER - Simultaneously expands all the Paper Links in the Paper Selector to show clickable links to all the Sections in all the Papers.
PART COMPRESSOR - Simultaneously compresses all the Paper Links in the Paper Selector to hide the clickable links to all the Sections in all the Papers.
NAVIGATION
Once a specified location has been reached by using the controls on the Access Bar (see illustration above), the location can be fine tuned or browsed by means of prev/next paper controls and prev/next page controls on the Navigation Bar, with corresponding displays (see illustration below).
The corresponding scanned images of the actual individual 1955 first-printing pages, reached by means of the Access Bar and the Navigation Bar, appear in the Page Area (see illustration below).