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Quick Guide to Navigating Tiki CMS Sites

Teaching Genetics With Dogs uses Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (Tiki for short) for its web site. Powerful yet flexible, Tiki blends a collaborative wiki (the strategy behind Wikipedia) with robust traditional web tools.

A Tiki site is much the same as any web site, but adds useful extra tools. Take a couple minutes to learn about them here, and you can navigate faster and more efficiently.

Visitors versus Registered Users

Visitors to the web site may not see all of the options described here. Some (mainly editing tools) only are visible to registered users who have logged in. Don't worry, the teaching and student resources are open to everyone.

Page Elements

  1. The header banner at the top of every page links to the Home Page.
    If you ever get lost, just click on the friendly white dog and you will jump back there.

  2. Table of Contents
    Longer pages have a Table of Contents that lists each of the sections of a page.

  3. Page Tabs
    Long web pages are harder to read, and discourage exploration. Yet sometimes a lot of information needs to be grouped together. As a compromise we've broken long pages into tabs.
    • Click a tab to open that part of the page.
    • You don't have to open all the tabs to see what a page contains. The Table of Contents lists all the sections for the entire page, divided up by the tab titles.
    • If you prefer NOT to have content in tabs, simply click the No Tabs button at the top right of the tabbed text window. The page will reload as a single column. Click a section name in the Table of Contents and you will jump directly to it. Click Tab View to show tabs once more.

1. Menus
    • Tools and Pages has links to the Home Page, Resources Catalog, and pages specifically for teachers and students.
      • Project Pages has a completed list of all pages in this site, and when they were last changed.
      • MyTiki is a set of personal tools for users. It includes a list of favorite and bookmarked pages, and an online private notebook.
    • Recent Tales lists the most recently posted news stories.
    • Talk to Us provides contact information for the Project Team.

2. Icons
    • Image Backlink. Hover over this icon to show a list of all pages that connect to the one you are viewing. Very useful alternative to the browser's BACK button and History list.
    • Image Print. If you need to print a page, click this icon to hide the side bar and header, and see just the main text on the page.
    • Image Show/Hide. Opens and closes the left and right page columns.
    • Image Save. Copies the page to your Notepad. Only visible to registered users.
    • Image Edit. If you are a registered user with editing privileges, this opens a page in editing mode.
    • Image Download. A page has an attached PDF version that you can download and email or print.

3. Buttons at the Bottom of Pages

These butMost buttons are visible to registered users. They only affect the current page.

    • Favorite. Add the current page to your personal Favorites list. Click again to remove.
    • Comments. Display or hide any comments posted about the page.
    • Attachmments. Display or hide any page attachments.
    • Bookmark. Add the current page to your personal list of bookmarks. Access bookmarks via MyTiki.

These butIf you have permission to edit pages, additional buttons are displayed:

    • Edit. Opens a page for editing.
    • History. Shows earlier versions of a page.
    • Undo. Cancel your last changes.
    • Rename. Change the assigned name of the page.
    • Source. Shows the wiki markup for the page.
    • Remove. Deletes a page entirely.


The SEARCH box has 2 options: to search for terms only in page titles (faster searching), or search all text across the entire site (deeper searching).


Teaching Genetics with Dogs is an open collaborative project. We want the teaching community to see how resources are built, revised, and refined.

Pages that are being edited or revised will have 1 or more editing tagboxes that describe what needs to be done, and link the page to an auto-generated list of all pages with that tag. Once that step in the editing and revision process is finished the tag will be deleted by the editors. Here is one example:

If you see a tagbox, it means one or more elements on that page are in draft form. Feel free to use pages that have tagboxes, just use them cautiously.

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Page last modified on Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:35:28 EDT

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