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Spring 2008 Wildflower Trip Chronicles contents
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Mouse navigation notes

I've implemented some novel navigation features in the following web pages of this "Spring 2008 Wildflower Trip Chronicle" feature that may need some explanation for use. In the original implemenation I advertised before April 22, 2008, I used the mouseOver function to open up the thumbnail images. Such windows are referred to as popups because the user does not click them and instead just hovers the mouse above such an object. Unfortunately because advertisers have implemented that function in annoying ways, popup blocking programs were developed and now proliferate that inhibit that action. Accordingly I have changed that function herein back to a Mouse click.

Instead of embedding images directly into my road trip story, I have instead embedded thumbnails of each image at the sides of pages. When one Mouse selects such thumbnails, an image window with minimal browser features at the size of the respective full web image, will open on one's screen at one of a couple specific locations. These downsized Coolpix images are either 720 or 600 pixels in maximum dimension. As one moves their mouse off the thumbnail image, the image window will close. The programming term for this is onClick and mouseOut on imagemaps. Thus one does not need to Mouse doubleclick an image for the image to open in a window. However if one wishes to open up any image so that it remains open in a normal featured browser window, one can right Mouse click and select "Open" in the pop up window.

Implementation Logic

One reason I have done this is, it allows loading these pages far more quickly than if all the full sized embedded jpg images of larger memory size were loaded after respective pages were first accessed. And it accordingly allows embedding many more images without any penalty of page clutter. The thumbnails are positioned at the sides of each page. For those on the left page edge, windows will open 100 pixels below the top and 400 pixels to the right of the left edge. For those on the right page edge, windows will open 100 pixels below the top and 20 pixels to the right of the left edge. As long as one has a typical VGA or XVGA width browser window open, there ought not be any problem with the display. However if one uses a small browser window positioned so these sub windows open up on top of the main browser thumbnails, then the opening windows will immediately close and open rapidly until one moves off the thumbnail. Thus open a normal sized window with typical desktop positioning.

Within the text are links to several of my larger 4x5 transparency images that have been crudely flatbed scanned and processed for reasonably accuracy versus my original Provia 100F slides. Such crude scans always tend to be weaker in shadow areas than the actual transparencies beyond what a bit of Photoshop processing can remedy. All those images are commented on within the text. Horizontal format images are 900 pixels wide while vertical format images are 800 pixels in height. Those text links like "08-A1-1.jpg" require ordinary Mouse left click selection, open up a new window, then require manual closing when desired. One can also select these 4x5 images from the Contents Page gallery. Like all the rest of my web site, this is all hand html/css/javascript coded without using any software tools.

other Chronicle notes

Like all the images on the "Upcoming Prints slideshow" sub-page link on my homepage, these images have not yet been drum scanned and Lightjet printed for one of my large exhibit master prints as has been done with all images on my homepage gallery index. Just the scanning and prints for getting that done for each 4x5 transparency is about $190 each, so I have well over $10,000 worth of backlog currently from the last couple years that will continue to grow until this poor peon photographer has enough $$$ to process them. A problem with a golden side to it at least. At least a dozen of the 4x5 images in the the 2008 Spring Wildflower Trip Chronicle gallery are likely to eventually be so processed as they represents some of my best ever work. In the mean time, as an incentive to those who might wish to have a large Lightjet print made of any of these new images, I am willing to sell at $77 over my raw costs, large prints in the 24x30 to 30x38 inch size range for the first persons that allows me to get such processing done for any of these images or those in the Upcoming slideshow. Please email me for more information about this offer.

And folks I would especially welcome some feedback about what you think about the way this is presented because I'm still in the process of refining what I'm doing here. Our new evolving web medium and its software presents some new ways to communicate that I am attempting to break a bit of new ground on, thus expect to go down some mediocre paths and make some mistakes. ...David Senesac

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