Educating a bus
8th Oct 2004
Here's two subjects... photography and displaying photography on a web page. It seems a shame to discuss the displaying of these photographs when I'd really like to make a fuss of them. However...
There's an attractive old bus sitting in a yard next to my work and I've been meaning to photograph it for ages. It has a strange but appealing makeup: layers of flaky paint, shiny silver surfaces next to years of rust and subtly concealed typography. There's fourteen images in total and I've displayed them using Eric Meyers recent XHTML Slideshow. And herein lies the second subject.
The slideshow works wonderfully except for one problem, all the images have to load before the slideshow works. Therefore you have to wait several seconds to download the (598kb for this particular set of) snaps... and that's only if you have a 512k internet connection. Don't even mention dial-up.
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Here's the style:
So with an "onload" call in the body tag as such:
and an extra div in the markup:
<div id="preloader">Loading... please wait</div>
So the temporary result is this, I ask you to wait until all the images have downloaded before you start viewing the slideshow. Additionally I would appreciate any feedback as to what I'd need to do to make it work as well. ;o)View the slide show.