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Saving space

teller Hello
I wanted to keep the contents of my ebook to a bare minimum, so it would fit on to a floppy disc for easier distribution, if I get the oppotunity to sell it by mail instead of from the website.
For this reason is it possible to use pop-ups that reside on my server and are linked to the ebook via a text link.
So when some one puts there mouse over the link text, a pop-up window is brought from my website to them while they are conected to the internet ofcoarse.
I'm sure this work's, but would still like the professionals (the forum members) input on the idea.

Kind regards as always

Posted on: 12:55 pm on February 20, 2006
Storyman Teller,

You might want to visit a computer store and look to see how many computers are sold with floppy disc. I think you'll be surprised.

The only reason that comes to mind for distribution on a floppy disc is if a user connects to the internet with a dialup. That being the case it seems counter-productive to give them a floppy disc that requires them to connect with a dialup to download addtional material.

Posted on: 5:34 pm on February 20, 2006
teller Hello storyman
After I wrote that post I went PC World for some CD-RWs and I looked at the computers for sale there and what do you think. 1, just one had a floppy drive. I asked a salesman why, and he said who uses floppies any more.
So that idea's out the window.
Ive managed to borrow a copy of All Web Menu's Pro 4 and was wondering if this would fit inside an ebook as a way of conserving space. For the download over the Internet doesn't want to be too big.
I thought a series of drop down menu's would be far less bulky than the text written out on the page.

Your points on this would be most helpful.



(Edited by teller at 7:08 pm on Feb. 20, 2006)

Posted on: 7:07 pm on February 20, 2006
Storyman Let's approach this from a different angle. Regardless if the links are in a drop down menu or just written out on the page the links themselves take up the same amount of space. What takes up the room is the code that makes the magic of drop down windows happen.

Generally speaking it takes more code to make something dynamic, like drop down navigation, than straight on text. If you search you'll find all sorts of programs that will generate fancy code for things like drop down menus. Unfortunately, from my experience, they automated programs are too good to be true because they generate A LOT of code--more code than if you learned javascript programming and did it yourself.

What you want to find out about is SEO (search engine optimization). One of SEO's goals is to create the smallest file size possible with the cleanest code.

Keep at it. You're on the right track.

Posted on: 11:59 pm on February 20, 2006
teller Hello Storyman
Now solved 2 problems. Firstly, I'm now writing one page reports and placing them on my web site and using a text link in the ebook to call them when someone clicks on the text with there mouse.

Secondly, Ive solved the updating problem by using
Dynamic Linking with Javascript.

I'll probably be back again with another problem.


Posted on: 6:23 pm on February 22, 2006
Storyman Teller,

Thanks for sharing your solution. Questions, like yours, frequently come up and it is helpful when someone has the same question(s) and is able to learn your solution.

Posted on: 8:22 pm on February 22, 2006

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