Where in the world do we go?

One of today’s BBC news stories set me thinking how lucky most of us are, with broadband speeds that keep our web sites downloading sweetly. However that’s not the story the world over.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8248056.stm

The link above is sobering, though maybe not quite typical, yet does make me think just how much content do we try to cram onto every page. There has been a number of threads recently where questions have concerned a vast quantity of images being needed, long pages seemingly truncated by Freeway and the use of the ‘box model’, perhaps so your client can keep stuffing increasingly lengthy discourses into ever extending conatiners.

So, as a word of warning to the over ambitious, remember not everyone enjoys the same convenince of fast connections and some parts of the globe still exist at dial-up speeds - if they have access at all.

So whether it Tables, CSS or Box Model, keeping content tight and relevant is just as important today, even if you are one of the lucky ones with 50+MB speeds (I wish), a more average speedster like me( at about 3MB) or just survive by pigeon post.

Oh, and splitting content into relevant, bite sized chunks should get you more favour with the search engines, too.

Rant over, I shall now depart on holday for a few days to stuff my self with few little Cornish delicacies - and hope I don’t have to wait an age to be served at the restaurant table.

Colin


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Sometime around 10/9/09 (at 10:49 -0400) ColinJA said:

even if you are one of the lucky ones with 50+MB speeds (I wish), a
more average speedster like me( at about 3MB) or just survive by
pigeon post.

“Pigeon post faster than Internet”

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Thanks. That pigeon certainly gets around! :slight_smile:

Colin

On 10 Sep 2009, at 16:07, Keith Martin wrote:

Sometime around 10/9/09 (at 10:49 -0400) ColinJA said:

even if you are one of the lucky ones with 50+MB speeds (I wish), a
more average speedster like me( at about 3MB) or just survive by
pigeon post.

“Pigeon post faster than Internet”

Pigeon post faster than internet | Stuff.co.nz

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HA!

I live about 3 miles from my Telephone Exchange and average about 1.3MB . . . great for a web designer - Not!

We can fly supersonic, explore space and have some fantastic gadgets to play with but can’t seem to push a few volts down a wire very quick!

Think I need a pigeon to bring my stuff to the server!!

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On Sep 10, 2009, at 1:06 PM, t50ufo wrote:

I live about 3 miles from my Telephone Exchange and average about
1.3MB . . . great for a web designer - Not!

You can add me to the list of people with sloooow phone lines. I think
it’s a mistake to assume most people have fast Internet connections and
fast computers. In getting to know my customers, I find that they are
just regular folk with regular digital equipment – almost never
(actually never) the latest and greatest set-ups. I was recently
complimenting an architect (here in the US) on his easy-to-use website
without Flash and frills. He said that was a conscious decision based
on the feedback from his clients, who complained about the excessive
use of Flash animations and clever navigation tricks used by the other
99% of architects, developers and designers. Amen!

Richard

Richard Houston
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http://www.richardhoustonart.com


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