Hughes, Sandra L., Sara Zuchowski, and Kenneth M. Klemow. 2002. IMPROVING THE ON-LINE KEY TO THE PLANTS OF THE KIRBY PARK NATURAL AREA. Contributed poster: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 75:108.

Beginning in 1997, teams of Wilkes students developed an on-line key to the plants from the Kirby Park Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre. The key incorporates images and text, linked by hypertext in a dichotomous metaphor, allowing non-botanists to identify plants in the Natural Area. Pages were created in HTML, with .jpg or .gif pictures, and uploaded to the Wilkes University server at Beginning in the summer of 2001, the key was upgraded to improve format consistency, enhance image clarity, provide clearer choices, and include more species. In addition, a query form is being developed for users who prefer not to use the original dichotomous version. Field testing with a representative group of novices will be done to ensure accuracy. consistency, and ease of use. A demonstration of the key will be provided.

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