There is a way to block out were an image is going to be, and insert text
that can be viewed while the page loads. That way someone in a hurry can
move on and quicker loading items are available. This also makes your site
ADA complient because people using programs that read the page to them can
access the material.
Make sure that your picture files are no bigger than needed for the webpage.
Just changing the physical size of the photograph doesn't change the file
size (especially if you change it in a desktop publishing program). The way
I explain it to my co-workers is if you were hanging a piece of art but it
was too heavy for the wall, just using an optical illusion to reduce the
size will still collapse the wall. You have to reduce the real weight by
reducing the file size. Many programs like PSP 7.0 will let you use a wizard
to optimize for the web.
Kimberly Herbert (email@example.com)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
From: J Georg [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 9:21 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
After a long delay, I finally found a home for my webpages. There are
several technical problems and I can't figure out how to solve them. Please
take some time to check them out http://www.mypage.onemain.com/artlinks
1. The image size on the main page is small on netscape, but is usually ok
in explorer. Why?
2. On my machine, backgrounds, headings/animated titles/ font sizes all look
great. On some others, the headings are too large to fit on the screen,
some font sizes look abnormally large, etc. Is this due to default sizes on
individual machines? Is it due to older machines?
3. The pages load slowly. I know it's due to the heaviness of the images,
animations, etc. Any easy way to correct the problem? (The advice I get
from non-art web masters is to get rid of the images, etc., which I don't
consider an option)
I need advice on any problems that are apparent to those of you who are
proficient webmasters. Thanks!
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