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Temagami

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Hey all,

I'm trying to make a header for a friend of mine and I have the menu on the left finished - now I'm trying to make the rest of the header look "business like" however, his logo is really "cartoonish"

Anyone have any ideas or graphic which could help? What do you think of this:

http://thompson.kingpinhosting.com/back/crankeng.html
 

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I have the menu on the left finished
I am assuming that you are assuming that people don't use script blockers. I have the NoScript Firefox Add-on and I don't see the menu.
 

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Well the menu is a flash (.swf) file. So if people wish to block flash then they can not see the site - I have no problem with that. That's their choice.
 
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I am assuming that you are assuming that people don't use script blockers. I have the NoScript Firefox Add-on and I don't see the menu.
Like Temagami said, it's a .swf file and it works fine without Javascript (though I wouldn't dismiss users without flash so quickly).

I think a modern-looking logo, perhaps only containing text and possibly a gradient to blend in with the rest of the page. Also it would look more professional if when one of the thumnails was clicked, it took the user to a gallery page, rather than the actual image file.
 

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What did it do when you clicked the image? I have it set up with the "lightbox" script. Did you not see that effect? Someone told me that when they clicked on the lures that it just opened up on a new page but they were using Internet Explorer v. 6.1 - so far that is the only browser which does that.

Sorry - I pulled down the header I had up - it was embarrassing. I think I'll try a logo page thing and then a fade in and out sldeshow...
 

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I absolutely hate web sites that play music automatically. I didn't even bother looking at the site once that started.
 

Temagami

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Oh you mean that little 1.5 second "swooshing-in" sound? Well it's hardly music - but if you think I should take it out - could be an idea. Do you think I should take the little click sound out also?
 

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It's incredibly annoying to have a website play a sound clip every time it's loaded. I watch videos or listen to music while I'm on the computer. I don't appreciate it when web developers think their sounds should take precedence over my choices.
 
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I agree with DoubleHelix - it is slightly annoying even if the sound is only a couple of seconds long.

What did it do when you clicked the image? I have it set up with the "lightbox" script. Did you not see that effect? Someone told me that when they clicked on the lures that it just opened up on a new page but they were using Internet Explorer v. 6.1 - so far that is the only browser which does that.
It was because I had javascript disabled. I would still inplement a gallery page for those who don't have javascript because it would add to the professionalism of your site.
 

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I'll take the swoosh in sound off the site (when I can get to my work computer where the files are). So people are turning off Java Script eh? What percentage do you figure? I was online today for a couple hours and I came across 4 sites that used "lightbox" for their pictures - even big sites like propertyguys.com are using it. So, people who turn off their script can't see ANY of that?

Well... my target audience are fishermen who are looking for a good tournament lure. Being part of a professional fishing club myself, I don't know anyone in the club who even know how to access "options" in thier browser ;-) So it's not too much of an issue for me anyhow.
 
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So people are turning off Java Script eh? What percentage do you figure? I was online today for a couple hours and I came across 4 sites that used "lightbox" for their pictures - even big sites like propertyguys.com are using it. So, people who turn off their script can't see ANY of that?
It's actually a surprisingly large amount of people that turn javascript off or use a blocker like NoScript (and a few use browsers that don't support it). But as your site functions perfectly well without it, it isn't that important to provide an alternative - it's just good practice and would make your site better for those without Javascript. You mentioned propertyguys.com - when Javascript is disabled, you can't even see the images on the page.
 

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Well, like I said I'm not too concerned with those people who turn off javascript - most of the people who are looking at these lures are from the various fishing clubs we are affiliated with and many of them are still on dialup - they would not have a CLUE as how to turn it off (seriously).

The site is on hold for now anyhow seeing as I can't figure out how to make their cartoon logo look a little more business like - and the need to send me copy and graphics (which I'm still waiting on)

However, I did come up with the workings of the index page: http://thompson.kingpinhosting.com/back/ Yes yes... I know the sound is still in there - I haven't had any time to get to my swish files. I'm running xp64 on my home machine here and swish doesn't seem to work on it (nor does itunes) so I have to access it from work where I use Vista 32 bit.
 
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