From The Developers...
It's sometimes easy for us as developers to forget that the rest of the world
is not hooked up to the same "fast" T3 line as ourselves.
The following is not applicable to CD-ROM users
because the text mode is not needed there.
different interfaces for different connectivity
Through our experiences in
we have gained a great appreciation for the difference in network connectivity
between the fast connections at many universities and the much
slower connections available in most schools, homes and businesses.
We learned this the
hard way the first time we tried to conduct a teacher training workshop at
one of the schools. The web pages downloaded at a painfully slow rate,
effectively rendering these resources useless for classroom instruction,
which is what they were designed for in the first place.
|In light of all this, we made it a high priority of WW2010 to not only
be able to
accommodate the high-bandwidth connections with lots of slick and fancy looking
|but not to forget that most people are
accessing our resources through
much slower connections. That is why each and every page is available in
both a "graphics" or "text" based interface. In "text" mode, only very small
inline images are downloaded.
A graphics-based and text-based example of the same page is shown here and
the type of page that appears is controlled by the blue "User Interface"
menu (left). The complete graphical representation of each page is obtained
by clicking on "graphics", while in the "text" mode, are replaced by text
links to these images.
The appearance of the navigation menus and
inline images are the features
most affected by a change in
the User Interface mode.
Example: Cold Fronts