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I learn about you helps us both:
know that sounds suspiciously like the notice from your bank (supermarket,
telephone company, paperboy) that starts "In order to serve you
better" and ends with more work and/or added fees for you. But
let me explain.
the bottom of my splash screen (home page) you'll see a counter that
records the number of times someone has downloaded the page. What
you don't see, though, are the other things the counter records when
it counts your "hit."
like: the operating system (OS), screen
resolution, and color depth of
your computer; the browser you're using;
what search engine you used and what
keywords you searched for...and a few
more things besides. It does NOT record your name, email address or
any other personal identification.
as of Nov. 1, 1999 I know that my typical visitor:
Windows 95/98 (62% of total), Internet
Explorer (57%), a monitor that is 800x600
pixels or larger (95%), 16-bit or higher
color depth (89%), visits on a Wednesday
(31%), and is from the U.S. (75%).
it's good that I know this:
these terms may sound like mumbo-jumbo, but here's how they help us
both. The idea behind the World Wide Web and HTML (its underlying
code) is that anyone, anywhere, using any computer system or browser,
should see the same thing. In reality,
though, it doesn't work that way. If you use Netscape on a
Mac this page will look slightly different than if you use Explorer
on a PC. Usually, if the web designer knows her/his stuff and pays
close attention, the differences will be minimal.
occasionally the designer (me, in this case) can't make something
work in both browsers, on both platforms, on any size screen at
any color depth. So she/he has to decide which way to go. How to
Look at the statistics.
If I know that most of my visitors have a large monitor, or use
Explorer, or are from the U.S., I can make a reasonable decision
about how big the graphic should be and what language to write the
text in. These decisions have to be made all the time and ought
to be based on the needs of visitorsyourather than on
my preferences or hunches.
in order to serve you better, I've recently
switched to a neat little free counter from TheCounter.com
that's easy to use and gives me lots of information. I'll talk more
about counters and other free web stuff in December's [RESOURCES]
section. And in the interest of full disclosure, I use a Mac 8600
with a monitor set at 800x600, 32-bit color, use both browsers but
Explorer most often, and live in Cleveland, Ohio.
information from the counters: Every month I update all sections of
Interactive Design Forum, but some are more popular than others.
Last month, for example, Bruce Cline's article on Evaluating
Student Work was a big hit, second only to the runaway leader,
this issue, you can find what was hot in previous issues by checking
the monthly [FEEDBACK] section.
you teach any computer-related design course, you know that it's a
constant struggle to stay on top of the latest developments in hardware
and software. Even the aesthetics of interactive/multimedia design
are in flux as the entire medium is still developing. Wouldn't you
like more time to research and learn?
news in the mail...
day last week, along with the usual fistful of junkmail, I received
a letter from the Cleveland Desktop Publishing Users Group (CDPUG)
telling me that my interactive impression of New York City, NY
Minute, had won a Gold in its category (Multimedia) and Best of
Show overall in the 1999 Digital Artz competition. That
made my day for the rest of the week.
a sample screen shot from NY Minute.
For a 15-sec. Shockwave sample with sound (the best part), try here.
If you're not sure what Shockwave is, or if your browser is capable
of playing Shockwave movies, go to the Macromedia
website to download the free software you need.
you live in the Cleveland area and would like to see it, the Digital
Artz show runs Nov. 11 through Dec. 5 at the Beck Center for the
Arts in Lakewood, OH.
in an unusually busy month, I have two digital inkjet prints on display
in the Tri-C West Faculty Art Show, Nov.
15 through Dec. 18 at the college's Gallery West in Parma, OH.
If you think "computer art" is only Star Wars and techno-glitz,
these nude figure studies may change your