Be sure to visit my second Japanese Maple Design!
Japanese Maple 2
The green stars in the title graphics are Japanese Maple leaves, thus the
title for this design.
As usual, I took pictures with my Casio Digital Camera,
graphics were manipulated with
Paint Shop Pro,
html written in
My major goal for this design was to clean up my html coding. The tables
used here and in the Ivy Design are rather
complicated. It is next to impossible to change the code in Ivy because
I didn't label anything. The code for this design is carefully commented
and it will be much easier to change or add to.
I rediscovered Netscape's problems with in-line style sheets.
Basically, if you put an image near any text that has been defined with
an in-line style, all images and text will pile up on top of each other.
This is rather detrimental to the overall appearance of a page.
The problem is easily solved, however, by putting everything in a table,
and separating images and text into different cells.
It is still important to me that my designs look similar in both Netscape
and Internet Explorer, and can be viewed at all monitor resolutions.
This design is optimized for 800x600, but has no problems with 640x480
or the larger resolutions. Web-tv viewers will see the evil horizontal
scroll bar, however, I provided enough white space at the right and left
margins so that the scroll bar need only to be centered and all text will
be on screen. This design also optimized for color, unlike the
Ivy Design, and looks similar both at
16 bit high color and at 32 bit true color. It even looks okay at 256
colors, if anyone happens to be in the dark ages.
I also discovered that QuickRes, the cute little program I use to
change my monitor resolutions and color settings, tends to crash my
I used only two of the many photos I took of the Japanese Maple tree
at the Georgia State Botanical Garden... One close up of the beautiful
star-like leaves, and one of an accidental sun streak which produced
the greenish color for the buttons.