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2009-07-08 Design decisions (image component)

posted Jul 8, 2009, 5:56 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 17, 2009, 4:02 AM by Eddie Woo ]
I have been experimenting with Google Sites and its capability to host a virtual tour without any third-party services. I do not wish to use any third-party services as this adds an unnecessary layer of complexity to the virtual tour.

An interesting discovery that I have made is that the James Ruse intranet layout is fixed width, not fluid width, as demonstrated by setting the screen resolution to 800 by 600 pixels:

This means I can insert an image of a certain width and not worry about whether or not it "flows off the page", because even if it did, it would not be my problem. Through experimentation, I have found the best width to be 650 pixels, which is slightly less than the fixed width determined by Google Sites.

My current plan for the virtual tour is for it to be arranged in a linear order, as described on page 293 of the Jacaranda textbook. This arrangement will take the user through various points of interest in and around the Cameron block. I have decided to create the virtual tour with this design as I believe it is simple, straightforward, and easier to understand than an unstructured non-linear presentation.