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2009-07-16 Incorporation of media + miscellany

posted Jul 16, 2009, 2:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 17, 2009, 2:20 AM by Eddie Woo ]
Inspired by recent work by Amy, and Jason, I have placed links on the space above my project register, to assist readers with navigation. This uses the MediaWiki external link image (MediaWiki is licensed under the GNU Public License, which permits such usage).

At 8:26pm, I received a telephone call from Ria, who asked me about the network topology of the new laptops that are due to arrive at James Ruse in term 3. I told her that I don't know what topology will be used, as the school has not released any information on the matter. I also explained to her the process by which I converted WMA files to MP3 files, as described in 2009-07-16, so that she can replicate the process on her own computer with her own files.

At 8:46pm, I updated the Gantt chart yet again, to reflect the extension given by Mr. Woo. The latest Gantt chart has been attached to this project register post. In order to avoid confusion, I also re-made the Gantt chart produced on 2009-06-07, now with features to identify the difference between the two updated Gantt charts (today's and 2009-06-07's), such as timestamped filenames.

How the virtual tour incorporates multimedia

As illustrated in the modified screenshot above, the virtual tour uses—
  • Hypertext as a system of navigation;
  • Image as a medium to depict physical subjects, which is, in this case, the Cameron block from various points of view;
  • Text as a way of labelling each stage of the presentation, similar to how a tour guide in real life may give running commentary during a tour

Hear, hear! (justification for hypertext instead of images)

I quote Jason, from his project register entry from this Monday:

Also, a quick note on design decisions regarding the layout of my portfolio: unlike some other members of the aD team, I have chosen not to copy-paste links and header images onto every single page. I believe that this would take far too much time and effort, and could potentially lead to problems with the layout and formatting of individual pages. Besides, Google Sites already has an automatically updated "breadcrumb" system at the top of each page to navigate through the site's hierarchy - why bother making an entirely new, manual system when the existing one does the job just fine?

I agree wholeheartedly with him on the matter, having used hypertext for navigation throughout my project with similar reasons. Indeed, it is in the name of consistency and standards compliance, that I decided not to replace standard hypertext with custom-made images for navigation. Although such images do not take much longer time to load (unless the end user has a dial-up internet connection) and can be much more aesthetically appealing than hypertext, they can be confusing to the end user, who may take some time to understand that a number of differently-shaded textboxes are all links to other pages.

While aesthetic appeal is important, it is my personal belief that aesthetics should never get in the way of usability. That is why I use decorative images with no functional purpose - so that the end user can ignore such decoration when they are looking for specific content and do not wish to be impeded by novel designs.
Eddie Woo,
Jul 16, 2009, 3:49 AM