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<b>Other Peoples' Lists</b>
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<li><a href="#viewOther">How do I view someone's list?</a>
<li><a href="#checkOff">How do I indicate that I have bought an item from someone's list?</a>
<li><a href="#removePurchase">Oops, I checked something off but I didn't really buy it.  How do I remove a purchase?</a>
<li><a href="#addComment">I would like to add a comment and/or send an email to everyone who can view a certain list.  How do I do this?</a>
<li><a href="#removeComment">How do I remove a comment I have made on someone's list?</a>
<li><a href="#purchaseLog">How can I tell who bought what from someone's list?</a>
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<b>Your List</b>
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<li><a href="#howToModify">How do I modify my list?</a>
<li><a href="#addCategory">What are Categories and how do I add them?</a>
<li><a href="#deleteCategory">How do I modify or delete a category?</a>
<li><a href="#addItem">How do I add items to my list?</a>
<li><a href="#deleteItem">How do I modify/delete items from my list?</a>
<li><a href="#moveItem">I added an item to the wrong category.  Can I move it to a diffent category?</a>
<li><a href="#arrows">What are the <img border=0 src="images/up_arrow_lightBlue.gif"><img border=0 src="images/down_arrow_lightBlue.gif"> and <img border=0 src="images/up_arrow_lyellow.gif"><img border=0 src="images/down_arrow_lyellow.gif"> arrows for?
<li><a href="#notifications">How do I send a notification to everyone who can view my list?</a>
<li><a href="#changeInfo">Some of my personal information has changed.  How do I indicate these changes on the WishList site?</a>
<li><a href="#password">How do I change my password?</a>
<li><a href="#listAccess">How do I allow other people to view my list?</a>
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Before you can view someone's wishlist, you must be added to the
collection of people who can view that person's wishlist.  There are
two methods you can use to do this

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<li>You can have the person who's wishlist you would like to view add you to the list of people who can view his/her list. Click <a href="#listAccess">here</a> for more information

<li>Goto <font color=navy>Update Your Account >> Manage List
Access</font>.  In the section titled <font color=navy>Find someone
elses list to view</font>, enter that person's WishList userid or
their email.  If the userid or email is found, then you can choose to
add them to the collection of wishlist you can view.  
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<b>Note:</b> you
will be given read only access to the person's wishlist using this
method.  You will need to contact that person and ask them to remove
your read only status before you can check items off their list.
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Once you have been granted access to someones wishlist, their
name will show up on the WishList homepage.  To view their list,
simply click on their name.
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<a name="checkOff"></a><b>How to check items off from a wishlist</b>
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If the item can be checked off then there will either be a checkbox <input type=checkbox> if the person only wants one of that item, or a drop downlist <select></select> if the person wants more than one of that item.  If it's a checkbox then simply click on the checkbox to mark it.  If it's a drop down then select the quantity of that item you have purchased.  Do this for every item which you have bought.
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Once you are done checking things off, click the <input type=button value=Submit> button and that person's wishlist will be updated.  An email will be sent out to everyone who can view that wishlist indicating that a change has been made.

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You can do this by going to the
purchase log for a wishlist.  At the top of each wishlist you will see the following box 

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Follow the navigation link.  For each item that you have bought, there will be an entry in the purhcase log and next to it you will see <font color=red>[Remove Purchase]</font>.  Click that link to remove your purchase.

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</td></tr> <tr><td align=left> At the bottom of each wishlist is a
Comments section.  The person who owns the wishlist will not be able
to see the comments so this section can be used to communicate with
the other people who can view the list without revealing anything to
the owner.

To add a comment click the <input type=button value="Add New Comment"> button.
In the page that opens, type the comment you want to add and click the
Add Comment button and the comment will be added to the wishlist.
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You can also send the comment as an email by marking the checkboxes next to the names of the people who can view that wishlist.  If nothing is checked then no emails will be sent.
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Next to the comments you have made on a wishlist, you will see <font color=red>[Remove Comment]</font>.  Click on that link and your comment will be removed.
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<a name="purchaseLog"></a><b>How to find out who bought what</b>
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At the top of each wishlist you will see the following box 

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Follow the navigation link and the purchase log will open
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Click on the following button which is located at the bottom of the WishList homepage

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You can use Categories to group similar items together.  For instance,
you could have a Book category and a DVD category.  In order to add a
new category, goto <font color=navy>Modify Your List</font> and click
on <input type=button value="Add New Category">.  In the page that
opens you will have the following options
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<li><b>Category Name:</b> enter a name for the category (e.g. Books)

<li><b>Category Description:</b> enter a description for the category
(e.g. I prefer hard cover books)

<li><b>Link Name & URL:</b> use these fields if you want to associate
a url for this category.  For example, if all the items in the
category will come from one store such as L.L. Bean, then you could
provide a link to the L.L. Bean website.

<p>In <b>Link Name</b> supply a name for the link (e.g. L.L. Bean)

<br>In <b>URL</b>, supply the url for the link
(e.g. http://www.llbean.com) 

<li><b>Additional Information:</b> use this field to add more
information about the category.  For example, if the category was
Books then you could use this field to indicate that you don't mind
receiving used books as long as they are in good condition.  This
field will show up on a seprate line.
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<p>When you are finished editing the fields, click the <input type=button value="Add Category"> button

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<b>Note</b>:  There is a special category call <font color=navy>"Items Under Consideration"</font>. Items you place in this category will not be visible to the people who can view your list so you can use it to store items you are considering for inclusion. If you decide you do want an item in this category to be visible to everyone else, simply move it to another category (i.e. click <font color=navy>[edit]</font> for the item you want to move and then select the desired category in the drop down box)

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Click the <font color=navy>[edit]</font> link located next to the
category name you want to edit.  If you want to modify the properties
of the category, update the text fields as appropriate and click the
<input type=button value="Update Category"> button.  

<p>Click the <input type=button style="font-weight:bold; color:red"
value="Delete Category"> button to delete the category.
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 Goto <font color=navy>Modify Your
List</font>.  First determine which category in which to place the
item (e.g. Books, DVD's, etc).  If the category does not exist yet,
you will need to add it.  Click <a href="">here</a> for information on
how to do this.
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At the bottom of each category there is a link called <b><font color=navy>Add New Item to <i>Category Name</i></font></b>.  Click on that link.  In the page that opens you have the following fields
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<li><b>Title</b>: Enter the name of the item (e.g Gone With the Wind).
<li><b>Description</b>: Enter a brief description of the item (e.g. a novel by Margret Mitchell)
<li><b>Price</b>: a representative price for the item
<li><b>Quantity</b>: the amount of this item that you want

<li><b>Link 1 Name & URL</b>: here you can provide a link to a website
which is selling the item you are adding.  
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If the item is availabe from Amazon, then you can simply cut and paste
the Amazon url into the URL textbox and click <b><font
color=navy>Perform Amazon Lookup</font></b>.  The WishList Site will
then fetch all the information about that item from Amazon and
auto-populate the <b>Title</b>, <b>Price</b>, <b>Quantity</b>, and
<b>Link 1 Name</b> for you.
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If the site is not Amazon, the provide a name for the link (e.g. Best Buy) and copy and paste the url into the URL textbox

<li><b>Additional Information:</b> here you can add more information
about the item.  This field will appear on a seperate line.
<li><b>Link 2 Name & URL:</b> here you can provide an alternate web site where the item can be bought
<li><b>Link 3 Name & URL:</b> same idea as Link 2
<li><b>Allow people to check this item off:</b> If this box is checked then people can indicate they have bought it (i.e. a checkbox or drop down list will appear next to that item).  If you have items that you don't want people to check off (e.g. Gift Certificates) then uncheck this box
<li><b>Add a star next to this item:</b> if this box is checked then a <img src="images/star.gif"> will appear next to it.  The star indicates that you really want the item.
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After you are done filling in the fields, click the <b><font color=navy>Add</font></b> button
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Click on the <font color=navy>[edit]</font> link located to the left
of the item name you want to edit.  If you want to modify the
properties of the items, update the text fields as appropriate and
click the <input type=button value="Update Item"> button.
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If you want to delete the item, click the <input type=button style="font-weight:bold; color:red" value="Delete Item"> button.

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To move an item to a different category, click the <font color=navy>[edit]</font> link next to the name of the item you want to move.  In the row labeled <b><font color=navy>Move to Category</font></b>, select the desired category from the drop down list.  Click the <input type=button value="Update Item"> button to move the item.
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These arrows allow you to change the order in which categories and items are displayed.  For example, suppose you had two categories, Books and DVDs, and Books appears before DVD's.  If you click the DVD's <img border=0 src="images/up_arrow_lightBlue.gif"> arrow, then the DVD category will be displayed before the Books category.
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The blue arrows are for categories and the yellow arrows are for items.
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While viewing your wishlist, on the left hand side of the screen you
will see a button labeled <b>Send Update Notification</b>.
Click on this and an email client will open.  Choose who you want to
send the email to, then enter a Subject and the message you would like
to send.

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The method for allowing access to lists will change in the near future
so I realy don't want to describe the process as it now stands.  You
might be able to figure out how to do it by yourself.  In order to
manage list access, goto <b><font color=navy>Update Your Account >
Manage List Access</font></b>.  If you need to add a user to your list
and can't figure out how to, send me an email at <?php echo $admin_email; ?> and I
will explain it for you.
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Goto <b><font color=navy>Update Your Account</font></b>.  In the box labeled <font color=navy>Information on File</font> click on the <input type=button value="Edit Personal Info"> button.  Edit your information as needed and click the update button.
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Goto <b><font color=navy>Update Your Account</font></b> and click the <b><font color=navy>Change Password</font></b> button.
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