Site Help

Do you need help navigating and using our site? You’re in the right place. Our Site Help page is divided into these sections:

Menu
Search
Images
Printing Content
Our Blog
Registering At Our Site
Posts
Comments & Other Opinions
General Site Requirements & Other Features
Latest Changes

Menu

Our upper level menu includes links to the key pages of our site. Upper level pages that are part of a related series of links are marked with an arrow pointing downward white arrow, and those links appear as a submenu. There can be multiple levels of submenus. An example of a single submenu level is shown on the adjacent image. When you hover over a menu selection, it’s highlighted.

Included in our upper level menu at the far right is a search function. If you click on the search link, a text entry box will appear in which you can enter the term you’d like to find. To start the search, just press Enter. To close the search box, click the “x” at the right of the text entry box.

The Search function will search most pages and posts, but it doesn’t search comments left by others. It’s designed to search for a single word or a phrase entered in quotes. To use it, enter your search term, and press Enter.

Images

For most of the images that appear on our site, clicking on the image will dim the background and expand the image for better viewing. To return to normal browsing, you can click anywhere in your browser window, click the “close” link in the lower right, or press Esc key, the Esc key. For some images, we allow you to move the image around your browser window once you’ve expanded it. If you want to print a copy of the image, right click on the image and choose the print option on the context menu (the menu shown when you right click on something in your browser) if it’s available. Not all browsers include a print option on the context menu by default.

Printing Content

If you want to print content for later review, use the link next to the printer icon at the top of a page or post, Print Link.

Clicking this link will format the post for printing. Once the content is formatted for printing, use the link at the bottom right of the page to print this view. An image of that link is shown at the right. Use your browser’s back button to return to normal browsing. This print-formatted view does not print comments, just the post itself; it also removes certain content (e. g., large images) that are not easily transferred to a print format. Of course, you can always use your browser’s printing functions while the content you want to print is in your browser’s window.

Our Blog

Our blog is a chronological stream of our observations on business management, especially accounting principles and software. The sidebar is displayed along the right side of your browser window. The sidebar contains links to our tag cloud, recent comments, links to the 10 highest rated posts, a list of categories for posts, links to archives of posts organized by date, links to other websites, and RSS feeds.

Registering At Our Site

At the top of our sidebar are links to Login for already-registered users, Register for new users, and Notify Me to receive a notification of new posts. If you’re logged in, there’s also a link to manage your profile. You don’t need to register or login to use most of the features of our site, but we encourage everyone to register and to login using that registration information to get more control over our site’s behavior. When you register, we’ll email you a password, and you should use this password to login the first time. Thereafter, you can reset the password. Please note that your Username is case-sensitive. You do not need to register to make a comment, but we may require registration in the future. Registration is one method to encourage those making comments to develop and maintain a single identity and to discourage spammers. For additional information on registration and other privacy related issues, please see our Privacy policy.

Registration allows you to choose a user name, password, and to manage the email we send when we make a new post. Notify me (sometimes referred to as subscribing) is a simpler approach where we put your email address on a list that receives an email when we make a new post. By default, when you register, we subscribe you to receive an HTML email when a new post is made. If you register, you can manage your subscription when you make changes to your user profile. If you elect not to register, you can submit your subscription by entering your email address and acting on the confirmation email that is automatically sent to you. Once your subscription information is recorded, you will automatically receive an email in either plain text or HTML format whenever new posts are made. You may opt to receive an email with either the entire content of the post or a brief excerpt, and you may elect to only receive emails when posts are made to certain categories, or tags. Your subscription will remain active until you cancel it by unsubscribing. A registered user may unsubscribe by managing his subscription in his user profile; an unregistered user may unsubscribe by selecting the unsubscribe button and submitting the request.

Posts

Posts are the individual articles that appear on our blog. All posts are assigned one or more categories, and category links appear in alphabetical order in the sidebar, followed by the number of posts in that category in parentheses. Only categories with posts are displayed. If you click on a category link, you’ll see all of the posts for that category.

Posts are also assigned one or more tags, and some or all of the tags used on our blog appear in our tag cloud in the sidebar. A tag cloud uses font size and color to indicate the relative frequency of posts having that tag, where more frequently appearing tags are represented in the tag cloud by relatively larger fonts in darker colors. Each word or phrase in the tag cloud is a link to the posts having that tag.

We use categories and tags to provide different approaches to find relevant information. Categories represent broad topics. Tags mark things (e. g., a software feature, a person, or an organization) that are connected to a post but are not necessarily the post’s central theme.

A featured post is displayed at the top of our blog. Our blog is paginated, and each page only contains a certain number of posts. Links to the pages appear at the bottom of the posts on that page. The page numbers themselves are links; clicking on the link will load that page of posts, and clicking on the arrow will load either the next or previous page of posts. Older posts are also archived by date and accessible by their associated categories.

Once we publish a post on our blog, we do not change the text except to correct typographical or grammatical errors. If we discover a factual error after we publish a post, we’ll add an error icon, edit the post with a strike-through, and insert the corrected information, as in the Error ! wrong corrected fact. This approach enables you to easily identify changed information. Hopefully, you don’t see too many Error ! errors. Sometimes, updated information is available, and we’ll either make a clearly noted update to the post itself or add a comment to the post. This Site Help page, like most of the other pages on our site, isn’t a blog post, so changes to it and the other pages like it do not follow this format.

Posts may contain a variety of other content, such as links to documents, images, and video clips. Links to files enable you to review or download the document we’re discussing. All files are in Adobe PDF format, compatible with Adobe Acrobat Reader versions 5.0 and higher. Links to files will open in a new browser window or tab, depending on the configuration of your browser. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free at Adobe’s web site.

Posts can also contain images. For more information on image behavior on our site, see the Images section of this help page.

Comments & Other Opinions

We write all posts, but you can comment on them – and we encourage you to do so. Our primary display of comments can be found by following the link to the number of comments that appears below each post. To make a comment on a post, use the “Add a Comment” link below the post. Enter your name, email address, web address (if you have one) and your comment. When you are done, press the Submit Comment Button button.

Comments on our site are threaded. This means that you have the option of replying to a specific comment as well as replying to the original post itself. To reply to a specific comment, follow the link in the comment itself. To reply to the post, use the “Add a Comment” link below the post. By default, we display a comment form to make adding a new comment easier. After you make a comment, you have 15 minutes to make changes to it. The most recent comments on the post appear at the bottom of all of the comments. You can show and hide comments for a post by following the link below the post. Links to the most recent comments also appear in the sidebar. Clicking on a comment linked in the sidebar will take you directly to that comment.

We support gravatars on our comments. A gravatar is a globally recognized avatar, which is an an image that you associate with your email address. The gravatar follows you from blog to blog and helps to identify comments you make under that email address. To post your gravatar, visit Gravatar.com’s site. You’ll need to supply an image (about 80 px X 80 px, soon to be 512 px X 512 px) for your gravatar, either from among your own files or located elsewhere on the web. All of our comments are identified by our gravatar, Our gravatar.

Comments, as well as some of the content on our blog (e. g., videos or articles), may be created or authored by someone other than us. Content created or authored by others is an expression of the opinion of that author or creator. This opinion may not agree with our own. For example, comments made by others are opinions of the commenter. Our comments clearly indicate that we are the author.

General Site Requirements & Other Features

Some features of QBGarage.com require that you have certain settings in your browser or certain programs installed. JavaScript or active scripting must be enabled in your browser for our site to function properly. In Internet Explorer, this is located on the Security tab of Internet Options on the Tools menu. For example, image display will not function as described above without active scripting enabled. If a link does not appear to be active, hover your mouse pointer over the link and examine the contents of the left side of your status bar at the bottom of your browser. If it starts with “javascript:”, the link is not operational because active scripting is disabled in your browser. Adobe’s Macromedia Flash Player must be installed on your computer for our visualizations and “what if” calculators to function. You can determine whether you’ve installed the Flash player by visiting Adobe’s Flash Version Test. You can also control the operation of the Flash player using Adobe’s Settings Manager.

Valid XHTML 1.0 TransitionalOur design goal is that the markup we use on this site is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, but we may not achieve that at all times as we incorporate and test new features. We designed the site to operate optimally in a standards-compliant browser at a screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels or higher, but we’ve also tried to render pages acceptably in older browsers. If you use a non-compliant browser, our pages may not display as we intended. If your screen resolution is less than 1280 x 1024 pixels, you can still access all of our site’s content and functionality, but you will need to use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your browser to see all of the content, menus, and links.

For those using RSS feeds, we have separate feeds for Posts and Comments. Links to the feeds appear at the bottom of the sidebar. Feed readers can simplify reading blogs like ours. If you need assistance configuring your reader to use our feeds, make a comment on this Site Help page.

You can leave comments on this Site Help page to discuss the technical operation or to ask questions about how to use the site, or to let us know when something doesn’t work. Don’t make comments here about individual posts; make them on the post itself. Off-topic comments made here will be moved or deleted.