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Soutron is a fully web-based application, so all you need in order to use it . All that is needed to use the application, on any device, is a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari: no . No part of the application requires a Windows client.

The screens in the application have been designed to aid your make navigation through the various tasks simple and intuitive. They

Forms are all laid out in the same a consistent way, so that you know that you will find the same things in the same place throughout the application.All functions that are required for the application are in the screens and menus for the application, so there , however, a new user Interface has been implemented for Acquisitions, Serials management, End User Submission and System Administration. Over the next several months the User Interface for other functions will change to incorporate the new user interface.  

There is no need to use any of the browser's own functions to operate the application.



Do not use the Back button on the web browser anywhere in the system - it may produce unexpected results 


Screen layout

The screens are generally laid out as follows, although there are variations depending on the task:

The areas corresponding to the numbers in the screen shot are:


Header and Login area, showing the corporate branding, user's Username, office and language

This remains for the duration of


the session in the application

2Menu bar, containing links to the different areas of the
application that you have access to

Task panel, containing actions that can be performed on the records in the main

areaYou can collapse

part of the screen

Collapse or expand the Task Panel by clicking on the arrow on the vertical line:

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4Main area, containing the records or other entities that are being worked on

Adjusting the column widths

Many screens display information in a table.

You can adjust Adjust the width of a column to display more of the information.

Hover near the header for the next column until you see the double-headed arrow, then just drag it across until the column is the desired width. 

System messages

The system communicates with you through various different message and pop-up boxes, which are themed to allow easy recognition. The table below describes the . Th different types are:

Instruction boxes

Instruction boxes


in grey: they appear when you first open a screen, and tell you what needs to be done on that screen.

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Information boxes

Information boxes are in green: they confirm actions


that have been done, such as saving a record.

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Alert boxes

Alert boxes are in red:

they tell you that

If something is wrong, for example trying to save a record without completing the mandatory fields, a message appears in red.

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Question boxes

Sometimes the system needs to ask


a question, or needs confirmation of an action. These take the form of pop-up boxes that

you need to respond to

needs a response before continuing.

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The positioning of the message boxes on the screen is defined in System Configuration Maintenance (Common Settings).

The message boxes disappear after a short while: they can be re-displayed by clicking on the icon at the top of the screen, highlighted in yellow below: