North American Overlay Mapping
Whilst the normal way of viewing map data and positions is via a map, there can be times when it is useful to see the same information, plus a bit more, in a tabular form. This is where the Table Viewer comes in. Pre-loaded with 130 tables, the Table Viewer lets you view a variety of information, as well as providing tools for searching and sorting.
To load the Table Viewer, click 'Tools' > 'Table Viewer'. In the 'Select List' box, choose any of the tables available. The table will load automatically, along with a heading-bar of table titles.
Try scrolling the table down the screen - the heading bar will always move itself back to the top.
Click one of the titles on the heading-bar, and the list will sort numerically or in dictionary order, as selected in the 'Sort-Type' and 'Sort Direction' boxes.
Enter a word (case specific) in the 'Search' box and click 'Go' - the list will be scanned, and any match will be mentioned in the Message Box on the toolbar. The line where the match was found will have its colors changed too, for easy identification.
Click 'Next' to go to the next occurence of the word; if found, the new line number will be mentioned in the Message Box, and the line where the match was found will have its colors changed as before. If not found, the Message Box will tell you about that, too.
The 'Clear' button will clear any search term and line color-change, reloading the table once again.
The 'Sort-Type' radio buttons select whether the sort is performed to dictionary or numerical order. This is used when sorting numbers: in dictionary order, the numbers '21,3,1,2,11,10,31' will sort as '1,10,11,2,21,3,31' whereas in numerical order, the numbers will sort as '1,2,3,10,11,21,31'.
The 'Sort-Direction' radio buttons select whether the sort result will go from lowest to highest (Ascending) or from highest to lowest (Descending).
To view the Help and Information Guide at any time, click the 'Help' button, found to the bottom left of the toolbar.
To leave the Table Viewer and return to the Map Navigation page, click the tiny map, found to the top left of the toolbar.
Some US states have considerably more than 400 towns and cities. Where that is the case, the 400 with the highest population, as defined by the US Census 2000, have been chosen.