[Taxacom] Interactive Keys for All Species of Legumes in the US and its Territories Now Available
jim.croft at gmail.com
Fri May 29 18:17:18 CDT 2009
Hi Stinger. Was there a reason the key is presented state by state
rather than as a single key for the county as was done for the
gymnosperms? Are there practical constraints for the number of taxa
A friendly welcome popup proclaims that this version of SLIKS is
designed specifically MS Internet Explorer. #FAIL. But interestingly
it seems to sort of work on the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome.
It was intuitive (instructions are for wimps and an admission of
interface design failure :), lightweight and responsive, even at the
end of a dialup speed line.
It would be nice if 'best' sorted the characters in descending order
of bestness, and there was an option to trigger 'Matching Taxa' each
time a character box was checked. But I guess this sort of thing
would bulk up the application into the middleweight category?
On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 4:48 AM, Stinger <Stinger at stingersplace.com> wrote:
> Interactive Keys for All Species of Legumes in the US and its Territories Now Available
> The United States Department of Agriculture's National Plant Data Center, in a collaborative project with the Missouri Botanical Garden, has just posted interactive keys to all species of legumes in the US and its territories (http://npdc.usda.gov/technical/plantid_wetland_mono.html). As posted, the keys are atomized geographically by state or territory and are free for use online or for download and offline use. Note: if downloading, please remember to open the ZIP file and copy it's contents to a different folder to fully unzip them. There is no installation of any kind required to run the keys either locally or online. The data matrices in the keys are open and easily subsetted for local lists or specific groups of taxa and can be modified to include images and other multimedia of any size as well as links to anywhere on the internet or local machine with simple html tags. The key application (SLIKS) is free and released under the GNU Public License and thus can also be legally modified according to the GPL. These Legume keys compliment the previously released keys to all Grasses, Gymnosperms and Wetland Monocots in the US and its territories already available at PLANTS (http://plants.usda.gov). For more information please contact Dr. Gerald "Stinger" Guala (gerald.guala at la.usda.gov).
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