Technical Requirements for the Chicago Homer and Known Issues
The Chicago Homer has been developed in compliance with W3C standards for HTML 4.0, Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1. See http://w3c.org for details. It has been tested and found to work well with
The Chicago Homer does not work at all with Netscape Communicator, and it does not work dependably with newer versions of Netscape prior to 7.1. Specific problems about other operating system+browser combinations are discussed below.
The Chicago Homer will display Greek properly with any Unicode font that supports precombined characters in the extended Greek character set, such as Palatino Linotype or Arial Unicode MS on the Windows side or the Helvetica font that is built into OS X.
The response time to a particular search on the Chicago Homer depends on several factors:
The speed of your network connection makes a big difference in the time it takes for the application to load. If you use a modem, you will find that the application loads slowly initially. A modem connection, however, does not make much difference to the speed with which the application retrieves searches of average size and complexity. You will, however, find it useful not to exceed the default setting of thirty browse lines per screen.
Some kinds of searches impose a considerable load on the server and take much longer to execute. This is particularly true of searches that specify line ranges. Search time is different than the time it takes to deliver results: some searches execute very fast, but if they retrieve a long list, it may take time to deliver the results.
The Chicago Homer works well under Windows 95 and its descendents as long as you do not open an application that goes to the network, such as e-mail or ftp. If you do, you may experience conflicts between the browser and the other network application. Typically, you will notice that in executing a search, some parts of the current layer do not clear when a new layer moves to the top. There are several ways of dealing with this "show-through." Sometimes, moving the scroll bar will fix the problems. At other times, you need to clear out your temporary internet files (in Internet Explorer, this can be done by selecting Internet Options under the Tools menu, where there's an option to delete these files), close the browser, and open it again. Sometimes you need to restart Windows.
If you have OS X, you should install the Safari browser or Mozilla 1.3. Both work much better with The Chicago Homer. Most features of the Chicago Homer work in a stable way on a Macintosh with OS 8.5 or higher, but three features do not: