How to use this site.
This small guide is by no means a requirement for using this website. It is here to explain a few smaller features that may go unnoticed, making your visit and our maintenance a little easier.
This website uses a variety of different colors and formats for its links, each with their own purpose.
Feedback from our readers is crucial to the development of this website. While we love the feedback we get, the majority of message seem to come from the "Site Comments" link on the navigation bar.
This is a perfectly good way to contact us, but many messages about particular sections of this site aren't clearly defined to the location they're reporting on. For this reason, please refer to the page you're making comments about. To make comments concerning the web site or about city services, the small symbol which looks like an envelope at the top of the page will redirect you to the site comments page. For comments concerning the website please click on firstname.lastname@example.org link. For comments about city services or to connect city officials click on the link email@example.com, this link emails directly to the Mayor's Office.
On this page, and in most pages, "webmaster" will be its caption. This link is for sending a message directly to the author of the web document you're viewing. Please note that the Feedback link of a document is most often not the email address of the director or other staff member of the page's department. Usually all email addresses of City staff are located at the bottom of their webpages.
The navigation bar stretches down the left side of your screen. There are two types of links that appear on the navbar:
Local Leads you to another location on our website. Any pages that these link to contain information provided by the City of Jonesboro exclusively.
Off-site Leads, well, everywhere else. Off-site links send you to locations located outside the scope of www.jonesboro.org. Links to Email addresses, etc, will also be Off-site links.
Links in the navigation bar also have a unique feature not presented on any other type of link: Status Symbols. These subtle icons sit to the immediate left of every navbar link. Local and Off-site links have Status Symbols that are unique to each other. Local link status symbols also have 2 states: Active and Inactive.
Below are examples of the different status symbols.
Active Local Link
Inactive Local Link
Clicking on a link and clicking on its Status Symbol do 2 different things. If you click on the text portion, it will direct your current browser to another location on this site. If you click the Status Symbol of the link, it will launch a new browser with the new location, leaving your current browser on the same document. Off-site links launch a new browser regardless of what portion of the link was clicked.
An Active Status Symbol indicates that its link is related to the web document you're currently viewing.
For example, clicking on the Human Resources link will take you to that section of this site. The Status Symbol beside Human Resources will become Active. If you were to click on the Job Openings link that becomes available upon visiting the Human Resources page, then the Job Openings Status Symbol would become Active. Since Human Resources is related to Job Openings (you have to visit one page to get to the other), the Human Resources Status Symbol will remain Active.
More briefly, Status Symbols will be active on all links from the document you are currently viewing to its base page.
An Inactive Status Symbol simply denotes a Local link.
While you probably know that you're not looking at an inactive page, these symbols will signify that said link leads to another document within this website.
The text you are reading now, and virtually everything to the right of the navigation bar, is located in what we call the Content Area.
Since a variety of information in a variety of layouts can be presented in this area, it is very impractical to rely on Status Symbols to give significance to links. To keep links as compact as possible but unique at the same time, we've simply used a few different colors and formats to give a link its desired meaning.
Below is a list of common Content Area links.
Content - "For more information check out their website ..."
Crosslink - "John Doe is employed in this department as well ..."
Download - "Get the latest Municipal Code in Adobe Acrobat format from ..."
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Content These links operate much like the Off-site navbar link. They spawn another browser to show their content, and will usually point to a location outside of this website.
Crosslink These links operate much like the Local navbar link. They point your current browser to a location within this website.
Download These are links to downloadable information to be used in applications external to this website (i.e. Adobe Acrobat documents).
email Similar to Content links, email links are italicized, lower case links that launch your email browser and start a new message. The To: and Subject lines are usually filled in for you for easier message delivery on our end. The caption of these links will always be the represented email address.
If you still have questions about how this site works, use the Feedback link on this page to send them to the webmaster. We'll be more than happy to help you.