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This guide will describe how information are arranged in this website.

The use of table to present information

This website rely heavily on tables to present information about new stamp issues. Tables used in pages such as "Latest Issue", "Upcoming Issue" and "Indexed by Date of Issue" are of similar type. Therefore it's sufficient to explain how to use it only once and elaborate further just when there is any difference.

How to understand and use the table

Entries are grouped together according to their date of issues in separate tables. In each tables, issuing entities are listed alphabetically, row by row, with their respective flags on the left. Theme of the issue appears next on their right, followed by the external link icon (whenever available), and finally the type of item icons: .

If you click the link on an issuing entity name (next to the flag image), this will brings you to that particular issuing entity page. Here you can find a summary of all known stamp issues from 2009 to current date for that entity.



If you click the external link icon , this will brings you to an external website where you can find further information, including stamp images. Usually it will be a page at the stamp issuer's official website. If the icon is missing, then you have to use a search engine to help your quest. You can use the issue theme as your keywords. Remember that some information may not be available in English, meaning that you have to translate the keywords into the official language used by the stamp issuers first.

Another option is to go to the issuing entity page mentioned earlier and find the URL of the issuing entity's website there. With few exceptions, you will normally find the stamp issues information at the issuing entity's website.

The three rectangular icons on the rightmost columns try to summarize type of items available for this issue. The meanings of the most common icons are as follows:
Stamp    Miniature Sheet    Stamps Booklet
The descriptions for other icons can be found by clicking the blue question mark button which appear at the top right corner of the page header. The information will be displayed in a small pop up window. Note that only information about philatelic items that contain stamps will be included here while non-stamp items such as first day cover will be excluded.

Note that it is not always easy to classify a stamp item especially when it is issued in the form of a sheet or pane of stamps. The term used may have different meaning to different stamp issuers. For example, how do you define souvenir sheet, minisheet, miniature sheet or sheetlet? Are they similar or different? What if a stamp issuer issued both souvenir and miniature sheet - how do you differentiate them? Therefore you are advised to take the classification provided by this website as only a rough guide. Do make further research if you need to.

Now we look at the individual pages:

Latest Issue

This page lists new stamp issues from the last ten days (including the current day) in a reverse chronological order. Newest stamps will be listed first, followed by stamps issued yesterday, then the day before yesterday and so on. Information about stamps issued more than ten days ago can still be found by browsing the "Index by Date of Issue" pages.

Upcoming Issue

This page list new stamp issues for the next ten days in a chronological order, beginning with the stamps that will be issued tomorrow. Note that the information in this page is tentative and subject to change.



Index by Date of Issue

These pages archive the new stamp issues information chronologically. From the main Date of Issue index page, you can select which month you want to browse. Entries for each months are separated into three pages, each containing about 10 days of entries.




There are two types of navigation used in these pages. First, if you click the arrow on the left and right of the month's name, this will brings you to the previous and next month pages respectively.


Next, if you click the link on the second row, this will brings you to one of the three pages allocated for that month such as mentioned in the previous paragraph. For example, 1-10 contains information about stamps issued between the first and tenth day of the month while 11-20 contains information about stamps issued between the 11th and 20th of the month.



Index by Issuing Entity

This page list the name of issuing entities whose information about new stamps are currently available on this website. Note that this is not a list of sovereign countries. So it may includes non-sovereign countries, states, territories, organizations and so on. That's why the term "issuing entity" is used. All entities are listed alphabetically on equal basis no matter what their political status in the real world.



If you click the link on the issuing entity name (on the right of the flag images) this will brings you to the issuing entity page which summarize all issues to date for that entity.

The table used in individual issuing entity pages are slightly different. But it still share some common characteristics with other tables described earlier. The only difference that may need to be highlighted here is the existence of year navigation arrow which is located at the top right corner of the table header. Click the arrow to browse list of stamps issued by the issuing entity in a different year.



Index by Theme

These pages archive the new stamp issues information according to their theme. From the main Theme index page, you can select which theme you want to browse. If there are very few entries for a particular theme, issues from different years will be grouped together into a single page. If there are many entries, each year will get individual page.


Table used in the theme pages also share common characteristics with other tables described earlier, except in the last two columns. Here you will find two new icons:
Theme   Picture
.
The purpose of these icons are to indicate:
  • how close the theme of the stamp issue and the theme inscribed by the page match each other.
  • whether all or only some of the stamp from a particular issue contains picture that match the theme.

    In general, icons with grey background means complete match, icons with white background means no match and icons with grey and white background means partial match. Complete descriptions can be found by clicking the blue question mark button which appear at the top right corner of the page header. The information will be displayed in a small pop up window.

  • The last column indicates the date of issue. Unlike in most other tables the date is presented in an abbreviated form to save space. For the benefit of our readers from non English speaking countries (who may be using an online translator to read this page) here is the month name abbreviations:

    JAN
    FEB
    MAR
    APR
    MAY
    JUN
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    JUL
    AUG
    SEP
    OCT
    NOV
    DEC
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December


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