2.1 NetLD Basics

In this chapter, we define several basic concepts that are used throughout the manual. From terms of the UI elements to the concepts that generalize the differences between the elements. Descriptions in this manual depend on the definitions in this section, but since most of them follow standard conventions, knowledgeable users can safely ignore this section, partly or completely.

2.1 Basic controls and UI elements

In this section, we define the names of the various UI elements in brief.

2.1.1 Panes

Panes are the divided sections within the netLD GUI. Fig. 2.1.1 shows an example of the common netLD web-based GUI.

The most frequently used panes are the main pane and the status pane. When both panes are open, you can hide either pane by clicking the up or down arrows located between the two panes. Both panes contain multiple tabs.

Please keep in mind that each pane is independent. Therefore, you can keep the lower status pane visible while you switch the main pane to another tab. This allows better multitasking, e.g., selecting devices from the main to be added to a job viewed in the lower pane. This action is further described in the Creating a New Job section (Sec. 3.7.1).

2.1.2 Menu and Submenu

Fig. 2.1.1 shows the global menu and the tools menu. The tools menu is a menu in the Devices Tab, highlighted in light blue. The global menu is highlighted in brown. From the global menu, you are able to access the server settings by clicking the Settings button.

Figure 2.1.1: A screen capture of netLD Main UI.


Fig. 2.1.2 shows how a menu is composed. If you click on an item within a menu then a sub-menu will open. The sub-menu may contain several sections divided by separators.

In this manual, we indicate a menu item A in submenu B by using A → B. We use the similar notation if the element is located in section C e.g. A → B → C.

Figure 2.1.2: Menu items.


2.1.3 Sub tabs and Sub pane

In the previous figure Fig. 2.1.1, notice that the lower pane is divided vertically. In Fig. 2.1.3, this is called a sub pane. Additionally one of the sub panes in the right has its own tabs; we refer to them as ”tabs” or sometimes” sub tabs”.

Figure 2.1.3: Subtabs and Subpanes


2.1.4 Window

Windows are UI elements pop up individually within the browser. Small windows are also called dialogs. The most common window that appears in this manual is the Server Settings window, shown in Fig. 2.1.4. It is often referred to as the settings window.

Figure 2.1.4: Server Settings window. This window has various menus on the left side and the settings can be modified on the right. The changes made in this window is immediately applied when you click on the ”OK” button to close the window. If you click on the ”cancel” button, then it discards the changes and closes the window.