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Old 08-10-2003, 07:53 PM   #1
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I'm redesigning the webpage for Dark Hope MUD and I'd like to get a few opinions about it if you have the time to take a look.
you can find the page at
http://darkhope.cjb.net

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Old 08-10-2003, 09:23 PM   #2
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You should keep your fonts consistent - some pages have Times New Roman, and at least one other page had something like Arial.
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Old 08-10-2003, 10:14 PM   #3
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Your frame sizes should be corrected... certain ones are certainly too large for the amount of information/text/graphics in them and others are far too small to allow a person to navigate freely. IMHO, the lower left frame should just be on a seperate linked page altogether. My rule; keep frames to a min (i.e. max of 3).

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Old 08-10-2003, 11:19 PM   #4
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I appreciate the input. I would reset my frame sizes but I like seamless frames that aren't visible for the most part. If I adjust them I start getting slider bars that, to me, take away from the overall smoothness.

It's a rough draft and I still have a lot of work to do on it. But I think I outdid myself with the graphics I made.
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:34 AM   #5
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In reply to a previous comment: You can adjust your frames and still keep a "seemless" look just make them NOSCROLL or SCROLLING = NO, can't remember off the top of my head which it is.  Its been a while since I've used straight HTML.  Secondly, in IE, it doesn't look seemless, you gotta turn off the frame borders, they look horrid.

Third, just a suggestion, but its a big difference between amateur and semi-professional pages: PRELOAD YOUR ROLLOVER IMAGES. That is, when I put my mouse over your nav links, I DON'T want to see it take 2 seconds the first time to change (waiting for the image download) and it be instantaneous the second and subsequent times (when the image is cached).

If you need any help with these, there are code snippets, examples, tutorials, etc all over the place on the net, but should you be lazy/non search friendly, feel free to contact me.

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P.S. That goes for anyone else too, I sincerely believe in giving back to the community that has helped me so much.

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Old 08-11-2003, 09:09 AM   #6
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The logo frame is just way too big. Even at 1024x768, it squashes the main content frame so small as to make reading it painful. I would probably only have that logo on my front page anyway, settling for a smaller version above the menu on the left on all other pages. That would allow the entire right-hand side of the screen to scroll.

I would also prefer the style information to be in a separate style sheet but I suppose that's a religious issue. Not much need for all that 'style="color: rgb(204, 204, 204)' stuff everywhere, though.
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:59 PM   #7
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I know I can add NOSCROLL to the logo frame but that wouldn't really do any good as part or all of the graphics would still be pushed off screen. As far as only using the logo graphic on an opening page, that really isn't an option. Basic advertising principals tell me that.

I guess I'll never really know what it looks like in IE, since I have taken a religeous oath never to use that crappy browser.
I've tested it in Netscape, Konquerer, Opera, Lynx and they all look cool. IE just has too many issues and bugs when building a webpage (such as literal string sizing) that I'd really rather not deal with at this point, anbd I haven't even started on the java.

But thanks for all the suggestions. I guess I still have work to do
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