If you clicked to this page from the link in our top menu, there's a good chance you may not be fully experiencing the Second Story site as intended. We can help, and we'll try to make this as easy on you as possible!

The main way to get around the Second Story website is with a nifty maroon-colored menu bar at the top of the screen. If you saw only a beige-colored one (where you clicked the link to get here) you may need to upgrade your browser to get the full impact and functionality of our site. Our special menu is created by a JavaScript application, and it requires that your browser be Java-capable.

Here's three steps to help you determine what your difficulty might be:

1. Are you sure that the page was finished loading?
The menu bar is the very last thing on the page to load. If the page doesn't load all the way, you won't see the Javascript menu bar. If you clicked the link right away (or pressed stop) before the page finished loading, you may have simply jumped the gun. Click here to go back to our main page to see if that's all it is - because that will save you a lot of hassle.

2. Is JavaScript enabled in your browser?
You may have inadvertantly disabled JavaScript in your browser. Settings vary from browser to browser and version to version, so you may want to check your help file to determine how to enable it in your browser version. Here's some instructions that may apply to your particular browser:

Netscape Navigator
  1. Select Preferences from the Edit menu.
  2. Choose Advanced from the list on the left side of the window. The right side of the window should contain a series of checkboxes.
  3. Check Enable Java.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.
Internet Explorer for Windows
  1. Select Internet Options from the View menu.
  2. Make sure the Zone field contains the words Internet Zone. If it doesn't, click inside this field and select Internet Zone.
  3. Click the Security tab and choose the button next to Custom (for advanced users).
  4. Click the Settings button. This opens a window with a long, scrolling list of options.
  5. To turn on Java, scroll down to the Java section and uncheck the button next to Disable Java.
  6. Click OK to save your changes and OK again to exit the Internet Options window.
Internet Explorer for Macintosh
  1. Select Preferences from the Edit menu.
  2. Find the Web Browser topic. If the arrow icon next to the words Web Browser is pointing to the right, click it to view Web Browser's list of subtopics.
  3. To turn on Java, choose Java under the Web Browser section and check the box next to Enable Java.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

3. Do you have an up-to-date version of your browser?
The bad news is that you may need to upgrade your browser. The good news is that it's free, and easy, to do it. Now, we recommend that you use Microsoft Internet Explorer for viewing the Second Story site. It doesn't have to do with politics or anything; our site simply happens to look and work better in MSIE. That said, you can choose to use either Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator for our site. Below are some links to the download sites for these two major browsers. If you use AOL, you may want to check with them to update the browser properly.

Visit Microsoft to download the most recent version of Internet Explorer (RECOMMENDED)

Visit Netscape to download the most recent version of Navigator.

That's all we have! We hope that you were able to figure out why you're not seeing the java menu. If not, please send our webmaster an email at - be sure to indicate what browser and version you're using, as well as the type of computer (Windows or Macintosh.)

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