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    I would like an opinon on the menu and layout of the website that I am going to create.

    My target Audience is Silver surfers, 40+ . It is about the History of Technology and how trends developed to create more technology. I want it to look like a book, where it opens up like a book, but actaully on web, using html and css. I have thought about using Flash, but I read article that flash can make it look daunting to silver surferes,
    I would like comments on the menu at the top, I have created a prototype using Power point 2007.

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    There are some mootools, jsquery type of animations for web pages.
    Like this: http://www.sitepoint.com/examples/jquery/animate4.php

    There is a problem with doing something like that ...
    You don't want your pages to be just images. You want actual text content.
    Using graphic images for your text causes search engine problems.

    So, I would say don't use anything that requires that type of coding,
    instead, go for a plain website with "prev" "next" page navigation.

    Create a nice background template that can be used for each page,
    and then use PHP coding "includes" to place the text onto each page
    as they are displayed ... so each page is a plain text file and you only
    need one template for all pages.

    You make no mention of your technical experience (with PHP)?


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    thankyou for the sugesstion. I don't have much knowldge of php but will think about it. I decided to turn it into a book, as it would go along with the theme. But now I am not sure if I could have two pages of text at one time, as it can be misleading and reading the infdoration may become overwhelming,

    Is it better to have one page to reaed than two at the same time.


    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim
    There are some mootools, jsquery type of animations for web pages.
    Like this: http://www.sitepoint.com/examples/jquery/animate4.php

    There is a problem with doing something like that ...
    You don't want your pages to be just images. You want actual text content.
    Using graphic images for your text causes search engine problems.

    So, I would say don't use anything that requires that type of coding,
    instead, go for a plain website with "prev" "next" page navigation.

    Create a nice background template that can be used for each page,
    and then use PHP coding "includes" to place the text onto each page
    as they are displayed ... so each page is a plain text file and you only
    need one template for all pages.

    You make no mention of your technical experience (with PHP)?

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    I would do it one page at a time.

    For people with really big monitors (and browser windows),
    two pages together would work, but not everyone has a large window ...
    so it would require horizontal scrolling (not a good thing).

    You could use cookies to remember which pages the user has already viewed.
    If they stopped reading and came back a day later, it would continue where
    they left off.

    And a page navigation thing like this at the top and bottom of the content:

    <prev> 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10 <next>

    Edit:
    Also offer a few alternate CSS style sheets for larger text sizes.
    Make the site accessible for sure.


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    thankyou I see what you mean one page, and it looks more professional.
    your help is much appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim
    I would do it one page at a time.

    For people with really big monitors (and browser windows),
    two pages together would work, but not everyone has a large window ...
    so it would require horizontal scrolling (not a good thing).

    You could use cookies to remember which pages the user has already viewed.
    If they stopped reading and came back a day later, it would continue where
    they left off.

    And a page navigation thing like this at the top and bottom of the content:

    <prev> 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10 <next>

    Edit:
    Also offer a few alternate CSS style sheets for larger text sizes.
    Make the site accessible for sure.


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    cookies are a bad idea. as much as i dislike flash it pains me to say flash would do what you need. as far a page content, this can be minimized by proper use of meta tags and offering a plain html version accessible by a button(large). flash is for progects just like the one you have mentioned. how overwhelming it is depends on your use of it. java and javascript are far to clunky for a large scale implimentation.

    while($get_it !== true){ continue; }

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    thankyou. I have though about flash many times, however I have creted a small prototype. I do have one question, I have many text links and would prefer to use arrows for open, forward and back,
    I know it is possible in flash to have arrows, but is it viable for the site that I am doing?
    Attachment 3125 I still think that In order to get surfers stay on my asite I need to Jazz it up a bit. I dont know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorky
    cookies are a bad idea. as much as i dislike flash it pains me to say flash would do what you need. as far a page content, this can be minimized by proper use of meta tags and offering a plain html version accessible by a button(large). flash is for progects just like the one you have mentioned. how overwhelming it is depends on your use of it. java and javascript are far to clunky for a large scale implimentation.

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    you can list your html pages like 1.html then write a php script to read_dir(http://whateverfolder and set the arrow as a dynamic link based on the current vs next page in line.

    while($get_it !== true){ continue; }

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim
    And a page navigation thing like this at the top and bottom of the content:

    <prev> 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10 <next>
    That's called pagination. Google it and you'll find tons of code examples for it.
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    Dorky,
    Why are cookies a bad idea?

    They will be used to keep a bookmark on which page was last viewed.
    The user can still navigate to any other page, it's just a bookmark.

    And if the book has only a certain number of pages with fixed content,
    the pagination can be done manually, with static HTML. This post was
    not in the PHP area, so I'm not sure of the author's expertise on PHP.



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