Finding What You Need

If you know the document ID, the quickest way to locate it is to enter the CNS DocID in the field provided for that purpose on the main DOCWEB page.

How DOCWEB Is Organized

CNS documents are grouped into several categories, to aid you in finding the specific information you need. The main categories are:

CNS News
News articles are generally current/recent announcements concerning changes to one of CNS's systems. If you wish to view older CNS News items, there is a link from the main CNS News page to the CNS News Archive page, where you can view a list of expired news items.

CNS Documents
CNS Documents are designed to inform and instruct our users regarding CNS systems. Written by CNS staff, these documents contain detailed CNS-specific information to assist you in using our services.

Q&A: The CNS FAQ File
The CNS Support Desk answers many questions from our customers. The ones presented here represent some of the most frequently asked questions which we receive.

The CNS Guidebook
The CNS Guidebook serves as a general overview and introduction to CNS systems and services for new users. These articles form the basis of the CNS Guidebook, which is published in hard-copy annually. The "Guidebook" is in the "CNS Documents" group, and is document D0000.

/Update Articles
/Update is CNS's free, monthly newsletter, containing a variety of articles of interest to our users. Many of the articles are reprinted from CNS News items, or CNS Documents; those are available under their respective categories (above). However, many other interesting and useful articles are published in /Update which do not fall into one of the above categories. Those are made available here, for your convenience. We also invite you to sign up for a FREE subscription to /Update, using our Web-based request form.

Note: While other DOCWEB document IDs are simple serial numbers (D0001, D0002, D0003, etc.), /Update features are identified by an ID which represents the year, month, and pagenumber of the issue in which they were published. The formula begins with a "U" (to identify the document as a /Update feature), followed by 2 digits for the year (YY), 2 digits for the month (MM), and two digits for the page number on which the article was printed. The final letter is used to indicate whether it was the first article on the page ("a"), the second article ("b"), etc. So U040503a indicates a /Update article published in 2004 ("04"), May ("05"), page 03 of that issue, and it was the first article on the page ("a").

Navigating DOCWEB

Wherever you see the graphic logo: can click on it to return to the DOCWEB Home Page. This page provides links to the various main document groups, as well as the "Search All CNS Documents" facility, and this HELP page.

Navigator Bars

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Navigator bars are provided at the top and bottom of each document, with links to the DOCWEB Home Page, the CNS Home Page, the CNS Publications Page, and the "Search All CNS Documents" facility.

Searching DOCWEB

On the main DOCWEB page, you will see a field labeled "Search Our Documentation" with a button labeled: SEARCH. A link to the "Search All CNS Documents" facility is also provided on the Navigator Bar at the top and bottom of each individual document.

The search facility locates documents which contain the word(s) you entered for your search request; however, it does NOT take you directly to the exact spot in the document where your search target is located. Once you have selected a document from the list returned by the search form, use your browser's "Find" function (Edit -> Find, or ) to locate the specific occurrence(s) of your search term(s) within the document.

Please note that the basic search facility is a simple keyword search; however, by selecting the "Advanced Search" button on the DOCWEB home page, you can take advantage of more powerful search techniques, including boolean operators and word-grouping.

Copying and Printing DOCWEB Documents

Because CNS documentation is frequently updated to reflect changes in our computing environment, we recommend that you use your Web browser to connect directly to DOCWEB whenever you wish to refer to any of our documentation. Doing so will ensure that you always receive the most recent information. We recommend that you do not copy/print documentation, because the copies you save or print will not reflect changes and updates which may have been made since you made your copies/printouts.

However, should you find it useful to make local copies, you may follow the steps below to do so.


To save a copy of a DOCWEB document, use your Web browser's "File" --> "Save As..." function to save a copy (in either plain-text, or HTML format, according to your preference) to your local PC hard drive. Note that, in either (plain-text or HTML) case, any graphics in the file will NOT be included in the copy you save, and links* in the file may not work. If you prefer a copy which includes the graphics, you may wish to "Save As..." the Printable PDF version (available for most documents longer than a single page).

*The links on the main Navigator Bar (to "DOCWEB Home," the CNS Home Page, CNS Publications Page, and "Search All CNS Docs") of HTML-format copies you save to your local workstation will work, provided you have Internet connectivity from your workstation.


Most documents longer than a single page are made available both in HTML and Adobe Acrobat (PDF) formats. The PDF format is better suited to printing.

Hard-copies of individual documents are also available from CNS Information Services (contact information below).

If you have comments or questions, send us a message; we'd like to hear from you.

UF Computing & Networking Services
112 Bryant Space Sciences Research Building
PO Box 112050
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-2050

Telephone (352) 392-2061


Last updated 04 April 2005 by David Burdette, CNS Information Services.