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Heading (M1): ...
Heading (M2): ...
Heading (M3): ...
Heading (M4): ...
Heading (M5): ...
All headings are determined by
heading north from Marker 5 (M5)

Marker latitude, longitude

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Tabbing Info & Repair Instructions:

The broken Nutcracker toy soldier on the Google map can be repaired using only your keyboard. Here is some background information to get you started:

Note: These instructions pertain to Windows (PC) keyboards. ["PC" stands for "personal computer."] This linked-to article discusses the equivalent key names for Macintosh computers. Please refer to your particular device's keyboard configuration manual.

To navigate through the images on the Google map on this web page, and down through the 'text-links' and 'buttons' in this Console window, repeatedly press the 'tab' key on your keyboard. Conversely, if you hold down your 'shift' key while repeatedly pressing on the 'tab' key, you will be able to navigate back up through this Console and through the Google map in reverse.

When a 'text-link' or 'button' is tabbed-to, it will have a dashed, red or yellow border surrounding it. When an image on the Google map is tabbed to, it will have a small, solid blue rectangle within it. You can then press your 'enter' key, and doing so will mimic the 'clicking' of that text-link, button, or image just like when you use your cursor and mouse.

When you want to move the position of the Google map, keep 'tabbing' until the Google map has a solid blue border*, and then stop. Now the Google map has 'focus.' At this point, pressing the arrow keys (up, down, left, or right) will move the Google map in the same direction as the key indicates.

*Your browser may have a different way of indicating when the Google map has 'focus.'
Note: The small, Red Google map marker inverted teardrop-looking 'map markers' that you would normally see on a Google map have been replaced for this exercise by five separate images that comprise a Nutcracker toy soldier.

If you wish to move any of the Nutcracker toy soldier images on the Google map, you will first have to 'tab' through this web page until one of the images gains 'focus' (at which point a small, solid blue rectangle* will display within it). Then, if you would like to move among the five images, you can do so by using your up and down arrow keys.

*Your browser may have a different way of indicating when one of the images has 'focus.'

Sometimes, when you move these images to a different position on the Google map from their starting position (as you are about to do), and then move among the images using your arrow keys, the order in which the images receive 'focus' can become jumbled—but you will still be able to reach them all. Also, sometimes pressing the up or down arrow keys may result in some images being bypassed ... such as when 'focus' goes from the top image to the bottom image, or from the bottom to the top. At such times just press the left or right arrow keys, and then all of the images should become reachable using only the up and down keys.

In order to move the images around on the Google map, there are several steps you must take:

1) 'Tab' until one of the images gains 'focus.' 2) Use your arrow keys to reach the image you wish to move. That image will now have a small, solid blue rectangle within it. 3) Hold down the 'alt' key, and then press the 'enter' key once. 4) Release the 'alt' key. 5) Steps '3' and '4' have activated the arrow keys, and now those keys are able to move your chosen image around on the map. 6) Press the arrow key that represents the direction in which you want your image to move on the Google map. Using the four arrows keys, you will be able to zig-zag the image to new locations on the Google map. 7) Once you have settled on a new location for your chosen image, press just the 'enter' key once. Doing so will deactivate the image-moving capability of the four arrow keys. 8) At this point, you are free to start pressing the 'tab' key to roam around the rest of the web page.

9) Or, should you choose, you can press the 'enter' key one more time, and that will open an 'Info Window' directly above the image you are now focused on. You will see the text ['processing ...'] appear in the Info Window. When that text changes to ['zero-heading'] you can then press the 'enter' key one more time, and your image will move horizontally, in one fell swoop, aligning vertically with the lowest image on the Google map. [That 'lowest image' (for the sake of this exercise) should be the 'M5' image (standing for marker 5) that shows the hands of the toy soldier.]

The last step, step '9,' should only be used after you have done your best (using your arrow keys) to align each of the five images such that they fit together snuggly from top-to-bottom, and in alignment south-to-north. The 'horizontal movement' from pressing the ['zero-heading'] text in step '9' just guarantees a perfect '0' heading for your chosen image with respect to the lowest image (M5); should you be unable to achieve that result yourself, as the arrow keys move the images in 'increments,' and as such can be less than precise.

Should you wish to move the image that is directly beneath the 'Info Window' around the Google map (instead of choosing the option of clicking the ['zero-heading'] text-link on the 'Info Window'), simply hold down your 'shift' key, and then press the 'tab' key once, and the 'Info Window' will close, and 'focus' will now be placed on the image beneath (as confirmed by the small, blue rectangle within that image that will appear). You can now return to steps '3' and '4' above to activate the arrow keys, at which point you will be able to move the image around on the map.

While 'tabbing' down through this Console area, you will see five text-links that read ['Open Info Window 1'] through ['Open Info Window 5']. Pressing the 'enter' key while the 'focus' is on any one of these 'text-links' will take you to its associated image on the Google map, and that image's 'Info Window' will open automatically for you. These five text-links are 'short-cut' links, added for your convenience.

While repairing the Nutcracker toy soldier, you will want to maintain the same 'zoom-level' on the Google map throughout your repair work, as changing the map’s 'zoom-level' will throw your work out-of-sync. Thankfully, returning to your initial 'zoom-level' will put your work back in sync.

For your listening enjoyment, you can play two songs in the 'Musical Interlude' section during your repair work.

And though the buttons within this Console, such as the ones in the 'Musical Interlude' section, are accessible using your keyboard: the buttons (as well as everything else on this web page) can be interacted with using your cursor and mouse. Although, as the Nutcracker toy soldier was at battle with the 'Mouse King,' and with his wife, the 'Mouse Queen,' in the Nutcracker story, where the Nutcracker toy soldier plays one of the leading roles, it is recommended that you use only your keyboard for this exercise.

But if you decide at some point to use your cursor and mouse to move one of the images around on the Google map, just hover your cursor over the image until the 'closed hand cursor' turns into a 'pointed finger cursor,' and then hold down your 'mouse' button while you move the image around on the Google map with your cursor.

When you have repaired the Nutcracker toy soldier as best you can, the toy soldier should hopefully look like this:

Google map with fixed toy soldier

Good luck!

Here is some information about the Nutcracker Suite, a group of songs selected from the songs in the ballet, The Nutcracker, by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet is based upon the Nutcracker story referenced above.

Colorized version of Pyotr Tchaikovsky portrait
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)


One of the songs in the 'Musical Interlude' section, 'Dance of the Reed Flutes,' is from the Nutcracker Suite.

Musical Interlude  

[click button to hear/pause song]