The Connecticut Clay Artists

Advice From Our Webmaster

The site is designed to give the user maximum control over its display. For the most part, elements will use all the space granted by the window as efficiently as possible. Photos in a gallery should flow left to right until there is no more room, and then start another row, and text will generally fill the available width. A web page is essentially a series of suggestions to the browser program, which may choose to implement these suggestions, or not. Some browsers, especially older ones, may require a little bit of encouragement. If you encounter such scurrilous behavior, please contact the webmaster (see below) so that he can properly flog whoever is responsible. This may not do any good, but it is certainly enjoyable.

Font size

Most browsers let users control font size via the View menu. On this site, most images will resize in proportion to the font size.

Changing the font size
browsermenu selectionskeyboard shortcut
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Internet ExplorerView -> Text size -> (choose)
FirefoxView -> Text size -> (choose)Ctrl+Ctrl0Ctrl-
SeaMonkeyView -> Text zoom -> (choose)Ctrl+Ctrl0Ctrl-
NetscapeView -> Text size -> (choose)Ctrl+Ctrl0Ctrl-
Netscape 4View -> (choose)
Safari 1.2.4Preferences -> Appearance -> (choose)
OperaView -> Zoom -> (choose %)

More information is at http://www.w3.org/WAI/changedesign

Images

Member gallery images are sized in ems (the size of the letter "m" in whatever font your browser uses), so that they resize along with the font. Images within a page (thumbnails) are shrunk and compressed (generally to about 20-30K) so that they will load relataively quickly, and still look good if the user enlarges the font. In the individual member galleries, the "larger images" to which these thumbnails link are typically 300K or so, and are full size. They may take a few moments to load. Many browsers will then resize the image to fit if it is bigger than the window. This is a preference that can be set in the browser by the user. (Edit->preferences) Clicking on the image will typically toggle the size. You can use the scroll bars to move around the image if necessary. You may need to click on the (large) image first to activate this feature. Images can also be saved directly to your hard drive, typically by right-clicking and choosing the option that most resembles "save image" or "save link target". "Save image" will save the image you are viewing. "Save link target" will save the image (or page) to which a link points. In the photo gallery of any individual member, the image is the thumbnail you are viewing, and the link target is the full sized image to which it points.

Thumbnail control (?) Now displaying at ems.
get the nicer (slower) thumbnails get the coarser (faster) thumbnails

In the general photo gallery, images are stored in three resolutions (and file sizes). The coarsest (lo res) thumbnails are 3-5K, the better (hi res) thumbnails are 15K-30K, and the full resolution images are 150K-300K, taking correspondingly longer to load. The thumbnail control lets you choose the size and quality of the thumbnails you see. Simply select the image height (in ems) you would like in the dropdown menu in the upper left of the gallery and click one of the buttons next to it (hi res or lo res, depending on the image quality you want). Hi res is the default; if the page takes too long to load, you may click the [lo res] button at any time to load the lower resolution thumbnails (more quickly). Direct links to all higher resolution images are below the thumbnail.

Anchor images (on the member pages) and the home page image are limited to a percent of the window size. There are no "full sized" images linked behind them, but as with any image, you can right-click and select whatever is closest to "view image", and the image will be displayed alone, at its natural size. Use the back button to return to the original page.

Email links

Most Email links on this site are altered to help prevent web robots from harvesting them and using them for spam and fraud. Typical alterations are using an asterisk instead of a snail (@), or using a double snail (@@). These are noted on their respective pages, and designed to be fixed by hand. Web robots will be stymied and robot mail won't go through, but humans can fix the address by following the instructions provided right near the Email address. Simply make any needed alteration in the Email address before actually sending the mail, and everything will flow smoothly.

Form submission

As with most sites, for security purposes there are some restrictions on what may be submitted in forms on this site. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that certain innocent-looking characters have special meanings to the underlying software of the web, and can be abused. If you are having trouble submitting a form, it may be because your input contains a combination which could otherwise leave the site vulnerable. On this site we have elected to disable HTML formatting of user input. Just use plain text. If prohibited input is encountered, it will be stripped out and the data will not be accepted. However you will be given the opportunity to proofread the stripped version, edit it, and resubmit. In the unlikely event that you need to use a < symbol, follow it with a space. If you have questions about this, or experience unresolved problems, email the webmaster directly (contact info below), and he'll be happy to explain and/or fix things.

Contact the webmaster

Website designed by José Helú (contact).