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Offline Monoceros

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A question on layout of text
« on: August 24, 2005, 11:52:50 pm »
I've got a Furtopia site up already for exhibiting my stories and I've decided it's high time to redesign it.  At the moment it's all hand-coded and difficult to maintain; I have, also, gotten a couple negative comments about how it looks.

What I want to figure out is the best way to present long stories.  I can see a few options and probably I can't please everyone.  I hate having to scroll through huge files, for example, so I've attempted to break my stories up by hand into pages each with at most a few screenfuls of text.  Others hate clicking "next" a hundred times and prefer reading one file.  To be fair I post a link to a single-file version but, the way the site is now, I have to maintain it separately.  I'd like to work out a way dynamically to generate pages from a single file.

I'm asking for opinions on what's preferable.  The stories I'm putting up range in length from a few pages to novella length.

Do you like to see one long file?  A file broken up only into a few pieces?  Into many pages?  Do you want a table of contents into long stories?  Do you want that table to be visible at all times (as a side bar or something) or not?
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A question on layout of text
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005, 01:27:12 am »
Sure.. one way to do it is by creating tabs (a names) and using a table of contents at the beginning of your story to take you where you want to go.  

Take a look at the Furtopia FAQ and view it's source.

As you'll see it is very easy to create these tabs.  That is generaly easier than sorting through lots of pages and if you want to jump to a certian point in a story.  Click and your there.

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