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Known Issues with Bartholomew's Handy Reference Atlas of the World

Scanned Pages.

The maps and the index pages are mostly printed squarely on the pages of the book. However, this is not the case for many of the Geographical Statistics pages, where the text and the boxes that surround tables etc., are sometimes out of alignment in the original.

Where this occurs I have tried to make the text square to the page and ignored the boxes, because this appears to me to be easier to read on screen.

This copy is in excellent condition for its age, the Plates are bright and clear, the only small problem is some staining from the glue used at each page fold. This varies from map to map but never obscures the content.

I have found one small mistake in the list of countries. Corea (Korea) is shown as being on page 43, with China, in fact it is on page 44, with Japan.

The maps display at their best on a widescreen monitor with a high resolution. Scanned text pages look better on smaller screens with a lower resolution. I did not plan it that way round but since it seems that widescreen/high resolution is becoming more prevalent and the maps are the most important element, I am happy with the result. I hope you agree.


I have tested the discs with the current and several previous versions of the following browsers:-

Internet Explorer        Safari        Firefox        Opera        Netscape Navigator          Google Chrome

They are all able to adjust the size of the text if needed, but earlier versions may not display parts of the disc exactly as designed. Since they are all free to download and use, if you do not have the latest version, I recommended you upgrade by visiting the appropriate website.

Microsoft now have to offer a choice so I have also tested them with Flock, Maxthon, K-meleon, Avant, Flashpeak, Sleipnir and Greenbrowser. They all work, but each is irritating in its own way. By a short head the least useful is Greenbrowser, closely followed by Avant. A special mention must go to Sleipnir for the poor translation into English. I have also viewed them with browsers I have never heard of via www.browershots.org and every page has been tested for XHTML 1.0 compliance with the validator on www.w3.org

Using the tools on www.colorfilter.wickline.org I have tested all the parts that I have made (and this website) to ensure they can be used by anyone with restricted colour vision.


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