At the top of the window is the title bar, which reads `Record 100s atr'. Below the title bar is WAVE 's main control panel, which contains three groups of buttons. Several of these ( , , and ) are menu buttons (distinguished by the `' at the right end of the button), and are selectable using the right mouse button. The other buttons are selected using the left mouse button.
Below the main control panel is the signal window. This window shows a portion of the sample record 100s, which contains two signals. Between the two signals, annotations are shown. The first annotation (`(N', at the left edge of the window) is shown below the level of the others, to indicate that it is a rhythm label (`(N' means normal sinus rhythm). Most of the other annotations are `N', and indicate normal beats; the `A' indicates an atrial premature beat. In the lower corners of the signal window, the time indicators (`0:00' and `0:10') show the elapsed time in minutes and seconds from the beginning of the record to the samples at the left and right edges of the window respectively. (If your display is less than about 260 mm wide, the signal window will not show a full 10 seconds of the record.) When you move the pointer into the signal window, it changes shape. Annotation editing and other operations are possible while the pointer is in the signal window; these operations are described in later exercises.
The buttons in the middle group ( , , , , , , and ) are the controls that you use to navigate through the record. The button advances the signal window display by the width of the window (10 seconds in this case). Move the mouse pointer over and press the left button. (This common action is referred to below as `clicking left on '.) The signal window is redrawn, and now shows the interval from 0:10 to 0:20. The button also advances the window, but by only half the window width. Try it now. Similarly, moves the window back by one screenful, and moves it back by half a screenful. Use these buttons to move to a window that begins at 0:55. Since the record is only 1 minute long, the right half of the window is empty. Notice that you can continue to advance past the end of the record if you wish. (WAVE will not allow you to back up past the beginning of the record, however.)
Buttons such as , with labels that end with `...', make WAVE open other (so-called `pop-up') windows. Click left on now. The Find window (figure 1.2) will appear.
Within the Find window are four text fields in which you may type. Move the pointer into the the part of the window below the title bar. A black, upward-pointing triangle (the text cursor or insertion point) should appear in one of the three fields. (Once again, your window manager may influence what you see. If you see a grey diamond rather than a black triangle, you must perform whatever action your window manager requires to give the keyboard focus to the Find window. Usually, clicking left is sufficient.)
The Start time and End time fields match the times shown in the lower corners of the signal window. If you change either of these fields, the signal window moves accordingly. To change a text field, move the pointer to the right of the existing text and click left, press or to erase any characters you wish to change, and type in the desired value, finishing by pressing (or ). (Always remember to press after changing a text field; your changes are not registered until you press .) Try changing the Start time and End time fields now, and watch how the contents of the signal window change. You can type any desired time into these fields; specifically, it need not be a multiple of 5 seconds.
Using any of the controls you have seen so far, set the signal window so that it shows the segment of the record beginning at 0:22. Now select the Search for annotation field, and enter `A' (followed, as always, by ). This action asks WAVE to find the next occurrence of an `A' (atrial premature beat) label, and to redraw the signal window roughly centered on that label. As you may have noticed, the only `A' annotation in record 100s occurs at about 0:06, so WAVE is unable to satisfy this request. Whenever WAVE cannot do what you have asked, it displays
The and buttons on WAVE 's main control panel are used to search for annotations that match the Search for field in the Find window. Searching forward using will be unsuccessful (we know this, because WAVE has already tried to do so after we changed the contents of the Search for field). Use button to search backwards.
If a PostScript printer (or a PostScript interpreter such as GhostScript) is available, try printing the contents of the signal window. To do this, press and hold the right mouse button while the pointer is above ; then drag the pointer downwards until the Print selection is highlighted, and release the right mouse button. Most modern printers will be able to print the page at (nearly) full speed; older PostScript printers may require several minutes to do so. It is not necessary to wait for the output to appear before continuing. The output will appear as in figure 1.3.
WAVE has three types of on-line help. The first type, called spot help, works properly only if you are using an Open Look window manager (olwm or olvwm), although a local expert may be able to show you how to use it with another window manager. To use spot help with an Open Look window manager, move the pointer to any control or display area in a WAVE window and press the key (or the key if your keyboard does not have a key). A spot help window (see figure 1.2) appears; it contains a magnifying glass icon showing the area you have selected, and a description of the control or display.
To get an overview of how to use WAVE , or if you cannot use spot help, click left on in WAVE 's main control panel.help text window (see figure 1.6) appears, containing information on the selected topic. window menu button (the square button containing a triangle at the upper left corner of the window), and then clicking left on the Quit item in the window menu.
The third (and most comprehensive) form of on-line help can be used if a suitable web browser is available on the WAVE host system. (WAVE uses Mozilla by default.) Set the environment variable URLV to the name of your browser if you prefer a different browser. See WAVE and the Web for details on configuring WAVE and your browser to work together. Click left on the button in the Help Topics window to open this manual using your web browser. If your browser is not running already, this may take a few moments while WAVE starts it up.
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