WEBLOG Item #1:THUMBNAIL PICTURES THAT AREN'T! and Webhints
Hint #3:
04Sep2k3:Use of pictures on a page..THUMBNAILS!
Many, Many web pages use pictures. Thats a main part of web pages. Many, many web pages use them badly. This is because they use "thumbnails" that are 50K to 200K. These are NOT thumbnails. These are FULL sized pictures. Thumbnails are normally 1K to 10K. Up to 20K in rare instances when more detail is needed. The users browser will scale that huge 50K (typical for a 640X480 jpg) or larger picture into a much smaller size to fit the 100X75 area it displays in. See how much is wasted? Even the shrinking slows down the page load.

* 80 % of the web users do NOT use high speed. They use dial up. They have to, high speed is too expensive for mail and a little searching. High Speed is justified when you have money to burn, multiple users at the same location, and or download a lot of large files.

* 80 % of these dial up users are limited to about 9600 baud. They are rural. They do not have DSL, or cable, and satellite is too expensive( they usually can't even get anything like 56K baud).

* a web page of a few true thumbnails is 120K long and downloads in about 1 minute at 28K baud. See an example here.

* the same web page with about 60K sized "thumbnails" is about 1.4 megs and takes about 8 minutes at 28K baud. See an example here.

* I just changed the references of "broadband" to "high speed". Why? Even though cable and DSL is somewhat faster than 56K dialup, it really isn't broadband. At only about 125K bytes/second, it is a snails pace compared to the lowest speed of my home network of 1000K(1 MEG)bytes per second. And it can climb to 10 MEG bytes a second! 01jun2005:I now have high speed and it runs at up to 400K Bytes per second. And my newest computer has gigabit ethernet. So cable and DSL still lag way behind.

If you have a web site with pictures, please use real thumbnails for your visitors. You can link the thumbnail to a larger version(please let the user know the size), and even link that to a HUGE version. Compare the larger version with a half size version-is there really enough difference to use the bigger file? This will let them save time and be a lot happier. And you can always have a link for high speed users to go directly to a page of medium rez/size or high rez/size images. Your 60K high rez image should not be fuzzy-just a loss of detail. Automatic converters do not work well.

Hint #2:
The first cell of a gif animation contains the most important information it will convey. It is the one that will print when the page is printed. So, when possible, have the first cell contain the most important information. See the Atari 8 bit webring animation.
Hint #1:
The easiest way to have text evenly spaced is to use some character, such as the dash or equals, but in the same color as the background cell color so it is invisible. This requires much less code than complex table cell data formatting. It also lets you switch labels on as needed automatically just by adding its url in front. See this pages' code source. The following row shows this:
Austin ACE
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State - Zipcode - AreaCode - Accronym
TOP --- BBS --- MAP
The following shows all of the elements turned on using urls. Note that all of the urls(i.e. for TOP BBS and Map) must be inside the bold on and bold off tags.
Austin ACE
(AACE)
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State - Zipcode - AreaCode - Accronym
TOP --- BBS --- MAP


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