What you need for the site, and how to get the
best from your visit:
about me and this website
Finding your way
around the site
Navigation between pages on
this site can be done in more than one way. Firstly, the top menu gives you a
quick link to the upper hierarchy of topics:
travel, online privacy, music, cannabis and the catchall "More..." category.
Although a click on any button on the green bar here will take you to the main page in that
topic, each button with a tiny arrow on the right is also expandable downwards. The
full menu of site offerings is available from these drop-down sections. It's a
browser to be able to use it.
Most pages also have a "Jump to another zone:" drop-down menu at the bottom
of the content, with a more summary selection of choices:
Just click on the arrow next to the menu, then
click "Go!" to navigate to that page. Finally, some zones spread over more than one page
(the online and gallery zones
are two examples of zones which do this)
and have extra drop-down menus which let you navigate within the zone itself. It
probably sounds a lot more complicated than it is - just click around
and you'll find your way. Should you want a simplified overview of the
site to see what's on offer, take a look at the site map in the
helpfully-named site-map zone.
the pictures in the photo gallery is given as a tooltip - hover your mouse
pointer over the banner to see details of where and how the photos were taken:
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites. They may provide useful information to the originating site. For you, it means you can use a site more efficiently and save time by not having to re-enter your details each time you visit. In general, there are three types of cookies on websites:
- Session cookies which expire when you leave a site.
- Persistent cookies that remain in place across multiple visits to sites.
- Third-party cookies, used by business partners of a site.
Some of these cookies are essential and some are optional.
"StatCounter.com respects the privacy and rights of its visitors. No effort is made to identify individuals without their knowledge. Personally identifiable information such as visitor's name, telephone number, postal address and email address are technically impossible for StatCounter to collect and no attempt is made to do so. The information that is recorded consists of the date and time of visit, ip address, browser (e.g. Firefox 3.5), operating system version (e.g. Windows XP), screen resolution (e.g. 800x600), referring link, the current page url and the current page title. This information is collected solely to improve the service we offer to you and statistical purposes and is not used to identify individuals."
Other than this, the site sets session cookies, which it is necessary to accept in order to participate in the survey and persistent cookies, for the quick poll or when you rate a topic. You’ll find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org
Browsers and screen resolution
tokezone supports "any damn browser." The site has been tested on five
different browsers in Windows - Opera, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chromium/Chrome and SeaMonkey. I'll just run the version numbers past you in case they are important: IE 7
8 and 9, Opera 10, 11 and 12, Firefox 13, Chromium 21 and SeaMonkey 2x. It also looks quite good on
Firefox 13, Chromium 13 and Rekong 0.9 in Linux, and
is fully functional for navigation and site searching running from that OS.
There are plenty of (seemingly-contented) visitors to the site who use Safari,
so there should be no problem there as Rekong is a Web-Kit browser.
IE and most other browsers shows the rollover colours and buttons
correctly; only IE, Opera and Rekong (of the browsers I've tested the site
with) show the top menu with its unfold animation. (When I say IE, I mean
both Microsoft's Internet Explorer and browsers such as Maxthon and
Avant Browser which use Internet Explorer as the rendering engine.)
Although 800 x 600
screen resolution will work on the tokezone, 1024 x
768 will mean freedom from horizontal scrolling on all the pages. Only around 5% of
site visitors have
monitors with an 800x600 pixel resolution anyway, a figure set to drop further
as older CRT monitors are replaced. High colour (thousands of colours) is
OK for the photo gallery, and you'll probably get by with 256 colours on
the rest of the site, although it will look rather grainy.
The site is not designed for browsing with internet-enabled phones, nor do I
have any plans to offer pages optimised for mobiles in the future. It's computer (desktop, laptop, netbook) pages only here, sorry.
"Send to a friend" page and content ratings stars
Send to a friend button (1) and
rating stars (2)
You can rate the content on certain pages (and in the FAQ pages, each topic) with a simple 1-5 stars system. Just click the number of stars
you want to give the page and your vote will show. As your IP address is also recorded, you may not
vote on this particular page a second time.
The "Send to a friend" page
A way to let people know about the page you saw here is to use the
"Send this page to a friend" button. Clicking on this allows you to send
an email to a single friend (including perhaps a short, personal
message) with a link from the page you just visited. This is a faster
and simpler way if you want to notify just one person about the page. Any
email addresses you enter on the form will remain private - this
site is a spam-free zone!
The "Quick Poll"
This is a two-click voting system which appears on many pages. There is more
than one active Quick Poll question at any one time, and past polls which are
reach other active poll questions click on the Next poll >> link:
When you vote in the Quick Poll, your IP address is recorded to prevent multiple votes
in the same question (you can vote again in another Quick Poll question). These votes and IPs are
never correlated, so your voting choice remains anonymous and private. You can
see archived (and hence closed) polls in a popup when you click the
View past polls link. It's about as simple as I
could make it!
Downloads and formats
You can download documents from this site in Microsoft Word (doc), Adobe Acrobat (pdf), electronic publishing (ePub) and Microsoft compiled HTML
help (chm) formats. The doc format is probably most suited to those
running Windows computers, although you may have a compatible word-processing
program such as Open Office which will read this
proprietary Microsoft format in Linux or Macintosh. Adobe
Acrobat's pdf is a universal format for documents, so irrespective of your
(Windows, Linux, Macintosh) you'll almost certainly find something
on your computer to read it with.
The chm format is less universal, but still multi-platform. It is
suitable for reading on your desktop, laptop or pocket computer, and is
also readable by most tablet PCs and e-book readers. The full text is
searchable. Windows users will already have an embedded help system from
Microsoft for reading chm files, while the Firefox browser can
read chm files with a simple
add-on. Macintosh users have a choice of the open-source
Chamonix for OS X or
Chmox - both
A newer form of document format is the ePub book. This is intended mostly for reading on mobile devices, although there are some free programs which will be useful if you want to view an ePub text on a fixed computer.
There will be a suitable ePub reader for a device running on a Windows, Macintosh, Linux or Android machine.
If you are having problems with
the downloads, don't right-click on the link - the download link works
indirectly through a script which loads your file. Don't use a download
accelerator. Try downloading with a different browser or from another location
Content on this site is available for use under the Creative Commons
non-derivative, non-commercial use with attribution licence. This
means you can use the resources (pictures, text, downloaded files) here
as long as you don't change them in any way, that you don't use them for
commercial gain, and that you acknowledge this site as the source if you
distribute them or post them on your own site or an Internet forum. If
you want to copy the material here to somewhere else on the Internet,
you must present it unmodified (quoting text verbatim, displaying
pictures unchanged, offering files unaltered), not
change any of the links within it, and you must provide a link back to
the tokezone. Generally, a link to the
site is the preferred way of offering your visitors a view of what's
here - I update some information very regularly, and you wouldn't want
to be quoting older material, nor would I like that to happen. For more
information about the Creative Commons licence, click the button below.
Aside from an occasional, obligatory "powered by..." notice
at the bottom of some pages, this site is free of advertising. I pay for the costs of hosting the pages
on the tokezone and for the domain name
tokezone.net myself and ask for no
donations to support them.
The "site news" feature launched from the front page works by launching
a popup window. If you have an ad-blocker running on your system, you
may not see it (try
it now). I have retained the "news" feature as a regular page
(accessed through the drop-down menu at the bottom of each major site
page, and containing more information, such as site visitor statistics) to help such visitors.
Today's date is shown
at the top of the column on the homepage; if it's wrong, don't blame me.
The information comes from the date set on your own computer, read by a
your computer's date and time using the Control Panel first!
Multimedia content (music on the toke-cards, video
and audio clips) need the appropriate plug-in for your browser.
The Firefox browser in particular
can be fiddly when trying to configure a plug-in for the e-cards' music.
Opera and IE nearly always play these cards without problem. You will
need to have the Flash player and QuickTime player installed as an
absolute minimum - if they are not detected, you should get a message of
where to download from on the page in question.
Bookmark this site now:
I've tried to minimise my use of Flash (see
my rant if you want more); in fact it serves simply as window dressing. Site
search is implemented through a search engine loaded at the server, so nothing
needs to be downloaded to your computer before you can begin searches. The
search engine has more options available for in-depth searching across the 800+
pages of this site. You can access these (and advice for successful searches) by
clicking "Advanced Search" on the homepage, or through
Search using the top menu on
any page. This search tool searches the entire site except for
the travel and cafeKlysm FAQ pages. To search those places, type your search term into the small box at the top-right corner
of the FAQ pages and hit <enter>.
Problems getting the download to load? Remember to LEFT click on the download
Use the main site URL and you will always reach the site, or search for "tokezone"
on any search engine.
It's probably easiest to bookmark the tokezone
home page here and now:
I'm always looking for
feedback and suggestions about the site, so if you have a comment, please
contact me here.
Far too many sites which I visit are difficult to use. They require that I
they try to launch photos or text in a tiny, popup window. All of these
things could have been done with static html, but the attractions of
complexity and pizzazz won the webmaster over, resulting in less
usability for the average visitor. Certainly, Flash can perform wonderfully
captivating magic on a website, and if the site presents itself as
"art" then there's no reason it shouldn't sacrifice a little
functionality to such style. However, a website where visitors simply want to
obtain information and move on has no excuse for being obscure and
block advertisements and popup windows will probably
never be able to access those sites which have their navigation functions
mixed blessing, Flash is even more so. Both JS and Flash can be (and
have been) used to
launch attacks on the host computer, and Flash plugins require regular
updating to stay ahead of current exploits. There was no update
notification service for older versions of Flash (unlike, let's say, Firefox, or the
Microsoft operating systems) so many users run their browsers with an
Flash Active-X control as full of holes as Swiss cheese and unaware of
the risks they may face.
Even with the 2009 menu
changes, you'll still be able to navigate the
tokezone entirely using a browser which has
the site, sending ecards or downloading files.