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Navigating in Contribute

Contribute starts up in Browse mode, ready to go. To navigate to a website, simply enter its web address, or URL, in the Address field and press Enter or select Go (see Figure 4.1). After the website is open, you can navigate through the site exactly as you would in a standard browser.

4.1. The Address field is your doorway to browsing the web with Contribute.

Although the Contribute browser doesn't have all the features of the most modern browsers, partial domain addresses, such as www.bountygeneral.com or even just bountygeneral.com, are recognized just fine.


If you use Internet Explorer, you might notice that Contribute works the same way—particularly when it comes to options such as colors, fonts, cookies, and plug-ins. That's because Contribute shares the same preference settings set in Internet Explorer. Contribute picks up any changes to preferences in Internet Explorer the next time Contribute is launched.

There's one key difference between Contribute and your regular browser that you'll notice right away: the message bar. The message bar appears at the top of the browser window, just below the address bar (see Figure 4.1). Different information appears in the message bar, depending on the circumstances. For example, if you browse to a site that you have not established a connection with, the message bar reminds you that you are viewing a page in an unconnected site.

The toolbar changes, depending on the context, as well. When you're browsing an unconnected site, a Create Connection button appears in the toolbar; select this button and the Connection Wizard appears. However, if you are browsing a connected site, the Edit Page and New Page buttons are available.

Cross Reference

To learn more about the Connection Wizard and creating connections, see Chapter 3, “Connecting with Macromedia Contribute.” The Edit Page button is explained in Chapter 5, “Editing Existing Pages,” whereas use of the New Page button is covered in Chapter 7, “Creating New Pages.”

Like a regular browser, Contribute's built-in browser has both Back and Forward buttons (see Figure 4.1). Select Back to move to the previous page you were visiting. Choose Forward to return to the page or pages you were browsing before you selected Back.


If you're really surfing the World Wide Web—or your own multinational intranet—you might encounter pages from different countries based on different characters. For example, a German page might contain a special character, such as β, and a Japanese page would contain symbols instead of characters. A page's encoding determines what character set is used on a page. If you don't have the correct encoding setting, you will not be able to view the proper characters.

To change to a different character set, right-click on any text (or other nonmedia) area of a page and choose Encoding from the pop-up menu. Under the Encoding option, you'll find numerous options to try. One suggestion: If you're unsure of which encoding to select, try UTF-8. The UTF-8 encoding is a kind of universal translator that is specifically designed to show characters from many languages.

Certain types of web pages cannot be browsed to within Contribute by selecting the links on a page in Contribute. If a page is set to open in a new browser window instead of the current window (like those familiar pop-up windows), the page will be displayed in your default system browser. To browse to these pages within Contribute, use the Choose Page in Website command, discussed in the following section.

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