This module uses streaming Flash media files, which may not be playable
in all browser platforms. If you must use this module with an unsupported
platform, choose the "Print Version" option when you launch the module.
To obtain the plug-in for the Flash Player free of charge from Macromedia,
follow the link below. The appropriate ActiveX control
will install itself automatically if you are using Microsoft® Internet
Explorer®. (It will ask you for permission before doing
Enabling Pop-Up Windows
Newer versions of Mozilla®, Netscape®,
and Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6 (specifically running
on Microsoft Windows® XP with Service Pack 2) offer
users the opportunity to block pop-up windows that often contain advertising
on commercial Websites. Some of these browsers turn on pop-up blocking
by default. All of these browsers offer the option to exclude user-specified
sites from pop-up blocking. It is imperative that exceptions be allowed
for ucar.edu domain to open pop-up windows as they are extensively
used in COMET Web modules to display content (no ads, really!). You
may also want to allow pop-ups from other domains as well, e.g., noaa.gov,
af.mil, navy.mil. Refer to the "Help" pages of your specific browser
for instructions on how to perform this step (which varies greatly
by browser, but is generally associated with privacy settings for that
ActiveX Controls for Download and CD/DVD Archive
Users of the download versions (and CD/DVD archives) of COMET
Web modules using Internet Explorer 6 on a PC with Windows XP, Service
Pack 2, will also need to allow ActiveX controls to run from the local
hard disk (wherever you installed the download) or from the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
drive from which you are viewing archive discs. COMET Web modules use
the Macromedia Flash Player to enrich your multimedia experience. All
browsers except for Internet Explorer use a plug-in for this functionality.
Internet Explorer uses ActiveX controls versions of the Flash Player.
Due to more stringent security measures implemented by Service Pack
2, most users will get a warning or error message alerting them to
the fact that an application is trying to use an ActiveX control from
a local disc and is being blocked by default. If you do not allow this
access, Flash-based Web modules will not run; however, in a corporate
or government computing environment, individual users may not have
permission to change this setting unless they have "Administrator" level
computer permissions. Individuals in those computing environments should
coordinate this activity with management and their IT department. To
enable ActiveX controls in files on hard disc and from CD ROM (applies
only to computers running Windows XP, Service Pack 2), click "Tools/Internet
Options/Advanced" and scroll down to "Security." Click the checkboxes
for allowing ActiveX on CD and in files on My Computer (click the Apply
and OK buttons, then exit). Please realize that other downloaded software
and CD-DVD ROMs could contain "hostile" ActiveX controls that could
damage your system so you might prefer to uncheck the checkboxes when
viewing html content from other sources.
What is streaming audio?
Streaming audio or video is a technique for playing media files over the Internet.
With streaming media, the audio or video file can begin to play after a brief buffer period,
without having downloaded the entire file. This means long segments can be played even with
slower Internet connections.
Note: While the Flash media is loading, the hourglass icon will
appear as the cursor. This may continue after the audio has started
1.2. It has been tested and runs properly under Netscape Communicator version 6.x and
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6.0. Other browsers are not supported. You should confirm that
For best viewing, your desktop area or screen resolution
should be set to 1024 x 768 pixels, and your color palette
should be set to High Color (16-bit) or greater.
If you are viewing this module on a monitor with a screen resolution of 800 x 600,
we strongly recommend that you close all the toolbars in your browser.
Doing so will eliminate the need to scroll.
In Internet Explorer, click View, then Toolbars, then deselect all the toolbars.
In Netscape Navigator 4.x and 6.x, click the tab on the far left edge of each toolbar.
Use of Frames
This site makes use of frames. You should refrain from using the Back and
Forward functions of your browser to navigate, as you
may not end up where you intended. To navigate between sections or pages,
use only the menu bar on the left side of the screen when
you are in the main body of the module.
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