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Welcome to the UFPDB,

THE source for information related to the 24th century universe. Have you ever wondered how long Vulcans live, what "shut up" means in Klingon, or how to quote the 285th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition?

Here is the place to find out!

Further information about the UFPDB can be found below:

How To Use The Interface

General Information

The UFPDB is displayed with a graphical user interface (GUI) generated by the Federation LCARS on the planet of Memory Alpha to be transmitted via a subspace communication link. In its initial state this GUI consist of items that either display information or allow you to navigate through the vast amount of information that has been gathered over centuries.

Because of this amount, information stored in database files (or short: databanks) has been organized into the following

Main Categories
Categories Frame: Filters, Languages and Interface Control

The kind of filing described above allows to set a filter on the many database files, showing you only the entries needed at the very moment.
A filter can be invoked now by clicking one of the categories links above or anytime using the buttons on the outermost left edge of the UFPDB interface, the Categories Frame. When you use them, they will blink shortly to show your selection and then apply the selected filter on the Index Frame right next to the category buttons, displaying an entry for at least every database file. Selecting "FULL IDX" will force all filters to disengage, showing you all files regardless of their category.

You may also use the language buttons in the same area to set a language filter on the files. Since translation of all databanks is already underway, the amount of files in English language is the largest. English is also the default language setting. Whenever you decide to change language, all database filters will be disengaged.

The items below the category buttons provide both navigation and display control through the UFPDB. The BACK button allows you to return to the previously accessed database files, while the FULL SCR button allows the UFPDB display to occupy the whole terminal screen. When already in Full-Screen Mode, this button changes into an EXIT button that allows you to either exit Full-Screen Mode or to terminate the subspace transmission link, effectively exiting the UFPDB.

Index Frame

Use the database index to select a topic, which content will then be displayed in the outermost right part of the LCARS interface, the Content Frame. The character buttons above the database index will assist you in finding the desired topic. Just click one of the buttons and the index will be displayed with the entry that starts with the clicked character on top, if there is any.
Please do note that the index contains sometimes more than one entry linking to the same database file in order to ease usage.

Content Frame

The information in the Content Frame show the content of a single database file. This will be also hypertext that allows you to get to cross-linked topics easily whenever possible. If your terminal and the current database filter supports that, when cross-linking the respective index entry will be hilighted and the header of the topic you selected will be displayed in the top area above the horizontal separator bars, the Header Frame. If not supported, the Index and Header Frames both remain unchanged and the topic header will be displayed within the Content Frame (see "Terminal Support" below.)

Abbreviations (as not explained in the database files)

Dr. Doctor: academical degree
ca. circa; see est.
cm centimeter(s): measurement of length
est. estimated, circa: not definitely specified amount of sth.
grk. Greek: Terran language
lat. Latin: ancient Terran language, used mainly in contemporary medicine
m meter(s): measurement of length
µ micro: prefix before measurements, means 10-6 times the original measurement
n nano: prefix before measurements, means 10-9 times the original measurement

Author's Note

In order to show a complete view of the Star Trek universe, I found it necessary to add some facts I considered to belong to the databanks and used the following premises:

In addition to these premises, some facts have been mixed both from the series/motion pictures and the novels published later, no matter whether they are defined canonical by Paramount (mostly based on a script) or not, as for example I used further information about Spock, his family and Vulcan in general from the novels "Vulcan's Glory" by D. C. Fontana, "Spock's World" by Diane Duane and "Ishmael" by Barbara Hambly. Refer the "Author's Note" section of the respective files for details.

As I am trying hard to keep the files up-to-date, all information on this website is subject to change. BTW, "up-to-date" means usually that they are related to the airing of Star Trek shows and motion pictures in Germany which are a few months behind the original air dates. Nevertheless, I use material from U.S. sources whenever possible to complete the UFPDB.
Annotation for German visitors: The files in German language contain only what the German audience has seen to date, so you need not to be afraid that I am revealing any secrets. If you are a German follower and want the whole content incl. facts not officially revealed yet in Germany, then read the English site or send me mail to tell about your problem. If I get enough mails (from different users ;-), I will probably change that policy.

Terminal Support

For most "original" layout AND short loading time this site is designed to utilize Cascading Style-Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript technology intensively, and therefore optimized for display with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or above and compatible browsers.
It uses Web Embedded Font Types (WEFT) as supported by Internet Explorer, version 4 and above. If your browser provides graphical display but misses WEFT support, you should install the Haettenschweiler and Webdings fonts (if available for your platform) for adequate presentation.
For best performance it is recommended to use the latest browser versions that you can download from one of the locations below:

Copyright & Trademarks

Copyright © 1999-2003 Thomas Lahn (PES).
On this website, Trademarks (™) and Registered Trademarks (®) are not explicitely marked with their respective sign, also copyrights of third parties are not explicitely mentioned herein (in order to prevent intermisson of flow of reading). All quotes, names or labels are used herein under authorization of the respective owner and their use applies to this copyright & trademark declaration.
UFPDB and "United Federation of Planets Database" are trademarks of PointedEars Software (PES). All rights reserved.
Star Trek and related names or labels are trademarks or registered trademarks of Paramount Pictures.
Other names or labels are the property of their respective owners.

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