Webcomic layouts? How do you minimize the negatives?
Submitted by sethtriggs on April 30, 2003 - 21:51
By this I mean that there are certain limitations to the Internet... much like any medium. Even though in theory there is infinite printable area on the Internet, there's obviously a practical maximum. So even with the great flexibilities you get with online publishing, you get certain negatives, like for example scrolling.
Basically, what kind of layout can minimize these negatives to Internet publishing:
1. Load time
2. Scrolling (Page size)
At the same time, you want there to be an attractive layout, one that offers one-stop access to everything. For my site, I use a masthead graphic and an imagemap menu below it, some text blurbs that explain how to use my dropdown plotline index, and then the comic itself. But I don't know if I'm minimizing the negatives.
Also, I specifically designed my site and comic to the assumption that people would not open their window beyond 640 pixels or something like that. What size do people generally open windows, or do they do maximized (full screen) viewing?
Sorry for the incoherence of this post, I may be tired at the time of authoring... hehe.