19 December 2004

Should I have pics?  I know I’ve jumped the gun here a bit what with the pic from Andy Wood’s blog only a few postings down but if we imagine that never happened then do I still have them?  The answer is, of course, "yes".  A picture can speak a thousand words.  And they look nice.  What more is to be said?

How to do them?  The null option is to simply bung them up.  The danger is that they may be too wide for the column in which they appear.  So that means either cropping or re-sizing to make them fit.

The next danger is that they will be so big that (for some readers) the page will take an age to load.  Now, for some bloggers like Brian this isn’t a problem (he effectively says: "I don’t care if it takes an age to load, this blog is going to have lots of images.  If you don’t like it don’t read it."), but I don’t think I can. In other words I have to reduce images in size even further.

This is precisely the same situation I found myself in with Transport Blog.  The solution was to thumbnail images (setting the smallest dimension to 120 pixels) while hyperlinking them to the original image.  Most packages will allow you to do this.  To my mind it worked pretty well with Transport Blog and I see no particular reason to change it.

Next question. Where to put the image?  I love it when text flows round images.  It looks wonderfully professional.  Again, I have a pretty good way of doing this.  It’s a refinement of what I (though not Brian) was doing with Transport Blog.  It also allows me to add in captions which I like a lot.  The only drawback is when there isn’t much text. I use tables (I’m not aware of another way of doing this) which leads to the image from one post encroaching upon the text of another.  Not good.  The only solution I can think of is to strip out the tables which is a bit fiddly.  That will give me an image but (as you can see below) a slightly odd one - it’s too near the left-hand side and too close to the text above. If I want to solve these problems I am going to have to rootle around in my style sheet and create a new style.  A bit of a pain but I can’t think of an alternative.

Incidentally, yet another plus point for Expression Engine is that it allows you to set it up so that it automatically surrounds the image with all the tags and parameters it needs to display correctly.

Update.  New style for pics with little text now done (see below)

Update II.  We’ve got the flowing working.  Only problem is that it seems to indent the first line of the accompanying paragraph.  But we can live with that.

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