Grasshoppers of Wyoming
and the West

Developed at the University of Wyoming

Compiled by:
Spencer Schell
Dr. Jeff Lockwood
Scott Schell
Kiana Zimmerman

Introduction

The purpose of this electronic "grasshopper encyclopedia" is to permanently archive while simultaneously making widely available the best information available on North American grasshopper ecology, biology and management. The problem with conventional publication of this material, as opposed to electronic, is the small potential audience makes the cost of sustained publication prohibitive. The result of this cost is that very useful publications go out of print and the public is no longer able to obtain them. By providing this document via CD-ROM and Internet technology we hope to make this information easily available to the public far into the future.

How It Works

For those new to Internet technology, knowing a few basics will enhance your encounter with this marvel. All of the text is composed of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). HTML is a simple to use, standardized programming language that makes displaying, updating, and changing documents easy. Many types of browsers such as Netscape or Internet Explorer can display these HTML documents. Formatting, font, color text and true color images that would make a printed document very expensive to produce are easily displayed. If users want to, they can print portions of the site. (For tips, use the Printing link in the main contents window.)  Besides printing, a user can use a search feature to find key word(s) within a displayed document -- a handy feature when you consider that one CD-ROM can contain up to 750 megabytes of information (which would require reams of paper to print). The search can be initiated by left clicking the "Find" button under the "Edit" menu at the top of browser window. Another nice feature of browsers is the ability to scroll down large documents (see the arrow buttons on the right edge of the browser window) or link (links can be icons, images, or words and phrases that are underlined and colored) to other areas of the document. For example the text might refer to a distribution map. If at that moment you want to view the map, place the cursor on the underlined word (the arrow changes to a hand) and left click the mouse.

To make it easy to get around in this document the contents page with all of its links will remain constantly available in its own browser window. This feature should allow users to rapidly find the information they want. The user can also open another browser window and display two parts of the document, such as a species fact sheet and its distribution map, simultaneously. The rest of the instructions for running the browser can be summarized with the following statement: Have fun and explore the document.

If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you find any problems with the site, please contact:

latchini@uwyo.edu