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Welcome

Whether you are visiting the Star Trek Dimension for the first time and now wish to learn a little more about the project before you start experiencing the Dimension, or you have already rummaged in some of the various projects and problems or questions have arisen, I cordially welcome you in the Star Trek Dimension introduction. This page will give you a concise overview of the Star Trek Dimension Archival Edition and will provide you with the basics which you should know about this large, extensive web project. It will familiarize you with the background story, the goals, the structure and the interface of it. At the end of this introduction, you will be able to navigate through the Dimension without any problems, and you can use the possibilities of the site optimally. By the way: if you only want a quick introduction to the possibilities of the Dimension, proceed to "The projects" immediately.
 
The Star Trek Dimension
The structure
The navigation
The projects

 

The Star Trek Dimension

This web site, which has been created between 1997 and 2002 and is online since August 1999,  is an extensive compendium which will provide you with information on almost all aspects and topics of Star Trek - from the Original Series to Star Trek. Voyager - in a multimedia experience. For this purpose, quality, quantity and uniqueness of the content as well as a creative, professional presentation have been the pursued properties when creating the site. Of course, several CD-ROMs and books have been published by Paramount itself in the past, however, this web project has the advantage that every piece of information is avaiable digitally, that it is second for free, unlicensed and uncensored in order to provide a common ground for the interested fans all over the world, and finally that it is one of the most comprehensive, detailed and graphically sophisticated works on Star Trek in the internet.

In about one dozen "projects", that are autonomous parts of the websites devoted to one particular topic or aspect of Star Trek, you will find "conventional" collections, e.g. episode guides, multimedia download areas and link lists, as well as revolutionary new things. These really unique projects which you probably haven't seen in the internet before in that way are the actual core of the Dimension. They in particular symbolize the primary task of the Star Trek Dimension, which - following the Star Trek motto - shall boldly go where no website has gone before, and explore new fields of Star Trek as well as electronic publishing. The Star Trek Dimension should not remain on the surface, it should proceed to the underlying causes and don't leave out the "why" apart from "how". Therefore, you will not only find a detailed and visually appealing reproduction of the Star Trek universe, but also guided tours behind the scenes of Star Trek with a multitude of background facts, as well as approaches of the author himself which try to solve existing problems, examine rarely explored aspects of Star Trek like the cartography and subspace, and make conclusions from the basic knowledge.

Finally, the Star Trek Dimension should not only stand out due to its creativity, but also its interactivity. That does not only mean that the Star Trek Dimension may be a stimulus for the visitors to become active themselves und to deal with the offered information in a creative way.  It was the original goal of Gene Roddenberry to provide the human beings with an intelligent way of entertainment, which should make them deal with the shown problems, and - following the traditions of the enlightenment - make them exert their own mind, not only consume passively. The Star Trek Dimension doesn't pursue lower principles.

 

The structure

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Essentially, the Star Trek Dimension consists of three hierarchical levels. The main page (or front page), which appears if you type in the URL www.stdimension.org/int, is at the head of the site. The main page contains links to the next level: the information files like the introduction, the FAQ, the news, the community and also the projects page. The latter page provides access to all Star Trek Dimension projects; therefore it is the "control center" of the Dimension. Mostly, the projects themselves consist of a multitude of pages, which are subordinated to their respective main pages, e.g. the LCARS files to the database, the single chapters to the Cartography and the episode descriptions to the guides. This basic structure is important for the conventional, frame-less navigation through the site via links.

 

The navigation

Due to the generally uniform layout of the Dimension, most pages have a distinctive header which is intended to help you to find your way through this website.

The heading always refers to the website area - on the information pages as well as the projects. For instance, the pages "Last updates", "News archive" and "Publicity" as parts of the news area all have the heading "News update", and every chapter of the Star Trek Cartography has the designation "ST Cartography".
The right link with the up arrow always displays the parent page again. It corresponds to the Windows Explorer button "Upward". Due to the general structure of the Dimension, a click on the link consequently displays the main page, if you are on one of the information pages, and the projects page, if you are on the overview page of a project. If you are on a subordinate page of a project, you are taken back to the overview.
However, as the button always shows the name of the parent page that is the link destination from your current position ("frontpage" on the information pages, "projects" on the project overview pages, "overview" on the projects' subordinate pages and in few cases "back" on even "deeper" located pages), you don't have to think too much about this.

 

You can navigate through the Star Trek Dimension even faster with the Dimension bar, the navigation frame which you will generally find above the actual page content. The bar contains links to the main page and the control center of the Dimension as well as links to the most important projects, facilitating the access to every part of the site from every part of the site. On the left, the website title is displayed, below which you will usually find the title of the displayed page. The thirteen icons grouped by separators represent the most important projects of the Star Trek Dimension. Click with the mouse on one of the pictures to open the corresponding project. On the right, there are two text links, which display the respective pages. The main page grants access to the various information files, and the projects page contains links to additional projects as well as short project descriptions. By the way: in the LCARS database, the navigation bar is hidden in order to make the simulation of the LCARS terminal as realistic as possible. The bar re-appears as soon as you leave the database with "logoff".

 

To facilitate navigation through the website areas, in some projects with many pages an additional project bar is displayed, which is shown right below the Dimension bar. At the moment, this applies to the episode guides, the Web Dimension and the Media Library. These bars consist of the project's title on the left and a selection box which allows you to open each page of the project very quickly.

 

Areas which only consists of three sub-pages, e.g. the news or the community, contain a link selection below the title picture. The bold item is the currently selected page, the purple items are links to the other pages.

If a page is very extensive, you will usually find an overview first, which contains, as a list of contents, links to the different paragraphs of the page. Links in the text itself are marked purple. Cross references to similar or continuing topics you will find below the paragraphs, for example

Special notes concerning the use of the LCARS database are available here.

 

The projects

Since you are now familiar with the basic structure of the website, a quick tour through the Star Trek Dimension should conclude this introduction and answer the question: "In the end, what possibilities offers the Star Trek Dimension?". First, there is the huge LCARS database of the Federation, which was the sole project of the Star Trek Dimension at the beginning and remains the most core project of the Archival Edition. With 300 files in the German and 170 files in the English version, this project is also the most extensive part of the website. It perfectly simulates a LCARS terminal with frames, Javascript and appropriate images, how it would use a researcher from the 24th century, and provides information with the typical layout, but also many photos and multimedia additions. The database isn't complete at all and shouldn't be in the end, as due to its profoundness and a content which exceeds the mere reproduction of the Star Trek knowledge (like in the Star Trek Encyclopedia), it is the ideal project to browse through on a rainy day. In contrast, a number of unique treknology projects, which belong to the category "own approaches of the author", and provide background information, take a look at the Star Trek world from "outside". For example, Investigating Trek tries to solve some of the problems of Star Trek, and the Subspace Manual and the Star Trek Cartography, the largest source on maps & distances on the net, depict own interpretations of these background topics in extensive elaborations. Furthermore, there are three episode guides identical in structure, the ST:TOS Guide, ST:DS9 Guide, ST:VOY Guide. They contain hundreds of episode files with up-to-date, detailed information and my own comments on the episodes of the series. You will also find a multimedia download area in the Dimension - the Media Library, which offers a unique collection of high-quality Star Trek wallpapers, sound effects and more. You see, there really are (almost) no limits to the Star Trek Dimension.


Informed about the basic possibilities of the Dimension, you can now enter the colorful world of Star Trek and experience indefinite possibilities in indefinite diversity. Enjoy the ride!

The author of the Star Trek Dimension

 

related.gif (1403 Byte) If you have further, more in-depth questions: the FAQ answers specific questions on the Dimension.

 

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