Heavy text web design

I’m looking for some good design examples of a heavily text-based sites (ie,
makes it ways to navigate a lot of content with a minimal amount of graphics
and other overhead). I have suddenly found it necessary to redesign a site
with about 12 “books” with seven or eight “chapter” pages under each
category.

The structure is like this:

Thing One
Thing One - Sub thing one
Thing One - Sub thing two
Thing One - Sub thing three
Thing One - Sub thing four
Thing Two
Thing Two- Sub thing one
Thing Two- Sub thing two
Thing Two- Sub thing three
Thing Two- Sub thing four

And so forth until you are sick and tired of it. The ideal navigation is to
move through all the books one chapter at a time, but they need to be able
to skip around easily. I’m just so tired of the left side navigation,
header with large chunk of text inside a table looks. I’m not sure what I
want, just something better. So any ideas of sites like this are welcomed.

Re: Heavy text web design

“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
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> I’m looking for some good design examples of a heavily text-based sites
(ie,
> makes it ways to navigate a lot of content with a minimal amount of
graphics
> and other overhead). I have suddenly found it necessary to redesign a
site
> with about 12 “books” with seven or eight “chapter” pages under each
> category.
>

Sign up for an account at http://safari.informit.com

It is so easy to use, that I am not using paper books much anymore. I find
that I read off the screen much faster.
I have a 10-point subscription which I think I’ll expand to 20pt or so.

I learned basic ASP and SQL stuff in a day, rather than weeks, thanks to
Safari :slight_smile:

Leonid S. Knyshov, CEO
Crashproof Solutions, LLC
Your Technology Business Partner

Re: Heavy text web design

It’s not really a book. That’s just the most logical ordering I can think of
to get the idea of how the content is organized.

What I am really looking for is sites with low graphics use and heavy text
that look good. I’m trying to stay away from anything that is noncompliant
on any browser, and use as few images as possible (since the site is also
going to be used by the blind). But I want it to look good for non impaired
folk.

“Leonid S. Knyshov at home” <lknyshov@pctips.com> wrote in message
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> “Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
> news:ajgqvk$qfv$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> > I’m looking for some good design examples of a heavily text-based sites
> (ie,
> > makes it ways to navigate a lot of content with a minimal amount of
> graphics
> > and other overhead). I have suddenly found it necessary to redesign a
> site
> > with about 12 “books” with seven or eight “chapter” pages under each
> > category.
> >
>
> Sign up for an account at http://safari.informit.com
>
> It is so easy to use, that I am not using paper books much anymore. I find
> that I read off the screen much faster.
> I have a 10-point subscription which I think I’ll expand to 20pt or so.
>
> I learned basic ASP and SQL stuff in a day, rather than weeks, thanks to
> Safari :slight_smile:
> –
> Leonid S. Knyshov, CEO
> Crashproof Solutions, LLC
> Your Technology Business Partner
> http://www.crashproofsolutions.com
>
>

Re: Heavy text web design

Well, I remember finding myself reading through the whole story on this text
based website:

I’m not sure if that was the layout, or just the quality of the writing.

There was also a newspaper that had a really nice layout that was all text.
I think it looked almost like a newspaper, 2 “pages” per screen with no
scroll bars. When you went to read the next page, you could click on any
text in the second column. I wish I could find the paper, but I don’t
remember what it was…


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“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
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> It’s not really a book. That’s just the most logical ordering I can think
of
> to get the idea of how the content is organized.
>
> What I am really looking for is sites with low graphics use and heavy text
> that look good. I’m trying to stay away from anything that is
noncompliant
> on any browser, and use as few images as possible (since the site is also
> going to be used by the blind). But I want it to look good for non
impaired
> folk.
>
>
> “Leonid S. Knyshov at home” <lknyshov@pctips.com> wrote in message
> news:ajgu8h$1ul$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> > “Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
> > news:ajgqvk$qfv$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com…[color=darkred]
> > > I’m looking for some good design examples of a heavily text-based[/color]
sites
> > (ie,[color=darkred]
> > > makes it ways to navigate a lot of content with a minimal amount of
> > graphics
> > > and other overhead). I have suddenly found it necessary to redesign a
> > site
> > > with about 12 “books” with seven or eight “chapter” pages under each
> > > category.
> > >
> >
> > Sign up for an account at http://safari.informit.com
> >
> > It is so easy to use, that I am not using paper books much anymore. I[/color]
find
> > that I read off the screen much faster.
> > I have a 10-point subscription which I think I’ll expand to 20pt or so.
> >
> > I learned basic ASP and SQL stuff in a day, rather than weeks, thanks to
> > Safari :slight_smile:
> > –
> > Leonid S. Knyshov, CEO
> > Crashproof Solutions, LLC
> > Your Technology Business Partner
> > http://www.crashproofsolutions.com
> >
> >
>
>

Re: Heavy text web design

“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
news:ajh314$bat$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> It’s not really a book. That’s just the most logical ordering I can think
of
> to get the idea of how the content is organized.
>
> What I am really looking for is sites with low graphics use and heavy text
> that look good. I’m trying to stay away from anything that is
noncompliant
> on any browser, and use as few images as possible (since the site is also
> going to be used by the blind). But I want it to look good for non
impaired
> folk.
>
>

Well, I find Safari’s design to be very much to my liking… I have to read
lots of text every day.

Another site would be http://www.cisco.com/univercd

Leonid S. Knyshov, CEO
Crashproof Solutions, LLC
Your Technology Business Partner

Re: Heavy text web design

Can’t you use an outline prog to automatically generate an annotated
outline, index, and bibliography of the material in HTML format and then
just generate all the links related to the outline?

Gary Stein

“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
news:ajgqvk$qfv$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> I’m looking for some good design examples of a heavily text-based sites
(ie,
> makes it ways to navigate a lot of content with a minimal amount of
graphics
> and other overhead). I have suddenly found it necessary to redesign a
site
> with about 12 “books” with seven or eight “chapter” pages under each
> category.
>
> The structure is like this:
>
> Thing One
> Thing One - Sub thing one
> Thing One - Sub thing two
> Thing One - Sub thing three
> Thing One - Sub thing four
> Thing Two
> Thing Two- Sub thing one
> Thing Two- Sub thing two
> Thing Two- Sub thing three
> Thing Two- Sub thing four
> …
>
> And so forth until you are sick and tired of it. The ideal navigation is
to
> move through all the books one chapter at a time, but they need to be able
> to skip around easily. I’m just so tired of the left side navigation,
> header with large chunk of text inside a table looks. I’m not sure what I
> want, just something better. So any ideas of sites like this are
welcomed.
>
>

Re: Heavy text web design

Here’s where I’m at so far:

The original is at http://www.mindspring.com/~deloggio/, and my proposed
redesign is at http://www.marklyon.org/client/free/deloggio/.

Any suggestions?

Re: Heavy text web design

it’s weird, but I actually like the first version better as far as
“readability” is concerned.


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“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
news:ajttcq$9cj$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> Here’s where I’m at so far:
>
> The original is at http://www.mindspring.com/~deloggio/, and my proposed
> redesign is at http://www.marklyon.org/client/free/deloggio/.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
>

Re: Heavy text web design

“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in news:ajttcq$9cj$1@www.t-
shirtcountdown.com:

> Any suggestions?

The color scheme and usability seem good. You may consider limiting the
width of the body text for those with large monitors. It’s easier to read
blocks of text if they don’t span too far horizontally. That’s why
newspapers put text in columns.

my 2 cents

Re: Heavy text web design

I like the new layout much better then the previous, however I did not find
the content very compelling, in areas it is at least 2 years out of date,
it’s discussion of Washington State law schools was laughably inaccurate and
failed to mention Gonzaga School of Law completely etc etc.

Gary Stein

“Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
news:ajttcq$9cj$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> Here’s where I’m at so far:
>
> The original is at http://www.mindspring.com/~deloggio/, and my proposed
> redesign is at http://www.marklyon.org/client/free/deloggio/.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
>

Re: Heavy text web design

Yeah, she’s working on updating content. I’m just showing her an
alternative design…

“Gary Stein” <gestein@cnw.com> wrote in message
news:ak3oh5$dov$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> I like the new layout much better then the previous, however I did not
find
> the content very compelling, in areas it is at least 2 years out of date,
> it’s discussion of Washington State law schools was laughably inaccurate
and
> failed to mention Gonzaga School of Law completely etc etc.
>
> Gary Stein
>
> “Mark Lyon” <mark@marklyon.org> wrote in message
> news:ajttcq$9cj$1@www.t-shirtcountdown.com
> > Here’s where I’m at so far:
> >
> > The original is at http://www.mindspring.com/~deloggio/, and my proposed
> > redesign is at http://www.marklyon.org/client/free/deloggio/.
> >
> > Any suggestions?
> >
> >
>
>