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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.  http://www.furtopia.org/faq.html

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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