On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 09:28:46 -0800 (PST), R Parker <rtp405@...> wrote:
> I figured you would want that but was thinking for a
> tutorial or guide document the thumbnail presentation
> style isn't as appropriate as it is in the screenshot
> section where you use it. And I like how you use
> To my reading senses it's a distraction to pull up
> full sized images. The logic for using captions with
> each image is to view the image, read the caption and
> without interuption grasp the story. If we go with
> thumbnail sizes then the reading flow from picture to
> caption is broken and becomes a distraction and source
> of irratation for the reader.
> My interpretation of thumbnails is that they solve a
> technical issue, bandwidth, and they enable a large
> number of images to be placed on one page. Which is
> great when text isn't required to tell a story. I
> always look at screenshots for applications that I'm
> not familiar with.
> Whether or not my picture to caption dialogs are well
> written is another problem. I've got a style guide
> around somewhere and intend to read up on the rules
> for caption writing.
> What I'd like to do is complete the full size image
> and caption style and then consider redesigning the
> document to the style that you're suggesting.
> A solution that addresses both bandwidth and flow of
> story is to break the document into multiple pages.
> Does that make sense to you?
My position is that any illustration must be used only in appropriate
places and only important thing should be shown, i.e. if you want to
illustrate something with a screenshot, then the illustration should
show only the thing you want to illustrate.
Like if you want to prove that ReZound can show clips, there's no need
to provide screenshot of the whole window. You can crop the image to a
part, where clips are shown and blend its borders to page's background
(well, I can volunteer for this task, if you send me your original
If there are issues like that (I'll start reading this version of the
tutorial after I have my dinner right now), they can be solved without
using thumbnails. But if you really need large windows, let's find a
technical compromiss, when result of decreasing image's size won't
harm its perception (ugh, bad bad English, gotta go back to school)