Using the CopiaFacts Reference Manual

Using the On-line and E-Book Help

CopiaFacts on-line help currently requires Internet Explorer v8 or above, or reasonably current releases of other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.

From January 2016, Microsoft will only provide support and security updates for the latest browser version on each supported OS.  We strongly recommend that you do not use unsupported and insecure versions of Microsoft Browsers.
Future releases of CopiaFacts on-line help are likely to drop support for unsupported and insecure Microsoft browsers.

You will require Javascript ("Active scripting") enabled, which in Internet Explorer is done from the Internet Options / Security / Custom Level menu:

Clicking the top large button in COPIAINSTALL.exe (to display the installation help) will check the above setting and offer to set it if not enabled.  To enable Javascript for the E-Book context-sensitive help, you should also use this button.

If Internet Explorer is currently open, you should restart it after using COPIAINSTALL to enable JavaScript.

In the on-line version of the help file, a new multi-tabbed interface is controlled by a button bar as follows:

This bar has the following functions:

Quick SearchAllows access to Search without having to open or switch to the Search tab
BrowseSelects the current main browser window
IndexSelects or opens the Index tab.  This is a keyword index, which you should go to first to look up a keyword or concept, or a word you think of associated with the feature being sought.
SearchSelects or opens the Search tab.  This is a simple full-text search index, omitting only common small words.  If you search for a common word, you may find many pages of results and have difficulty in finding the one you want, despite the brief context which is provided.  This index is best when the word you seek is relatively uncommon.  It will find only words in the text, not those you may use yourself to describe the feature sought.
UndockUndocks the current selected tab (or double-click the tab to undock).  Close the separate undocked window in order to restore the normal tab display.  You cannot undock the main browsing tab, only the search tab, index tab, and tabs you have duplicated.
New TabDuplicates the current tab
Show/HideExpands or contracts all the + toggles on the current page
FeedbackPrepares a Documentation Feedback e-mail for the current topic
PrintOpens a print preview tab for the current topic, ready for printing
HomeReturns to the main page
Previous/NextNavigate to the previous or next topic.
Contents(in the topic header) Quick select of the main headings in the topic.

Please do not hesitate to send feedback about anything which you fine unclear.

Using the E-Book Help File

The CHM help format is now deprecated and CopiaFacts help is no longer created in this format.  Instead the E-Book Help file is a Windows executable file (COPIAFACTSRef82.exe) containing the same help topics as are available on-line.  A link is placed among the Copia start menu entries, and the help is displayed on pressing F1 in the context of most CopiaFacts applications, or on clicking a Help button.

In the e-book, you can increase and decrease the font size using control-mousewheel.

The format is very similar to that shown above.  The help requires a supported version of Internet Explorer installed, with Javascript enabled.  You must enable Javascript in the 'local machine' zone, which is usually not exposed in Internet Explorer, but you can use the top large button in COPIAINSTALL.exe (to display the installation help) to check the "local machine" setting and this will offer to set it if not enabled

If Internet Explorer is currently open, you should restart it after using COPIAINSTALL to enable JavaScript.

In some circumstances, IE will offer to add 127.0.0.1 to the Trusted Sites zone when CopiaFactsRef82.exe first starts.  If you accept this, you will have to enable Javascript in IE options for the "Trusted Sites" zone as described above for the "Internet Zone".

Future releases of CopiaFacts E-Book help are likely to drop support for unsupported and insecure Microsoft browsers.