Too much Content



A constant challenge facing dynamic site developers like Virginia website design is displaying a wealth of content in just one page. Often times, layouts are optimized for a specific amount of content, and if they exceed that amount, the pages will appear crowded and jumbled. One of the best methods of alleviating this problem, ensuring a usable and SEO friendly design is combining JavaScript and DHTML to create tabbed browsing within pages. The solution was a scrolling gallery powered by JavaScript and DHTML. All of the information is still rendered in the source, however, much of it is hidden, to be revealed when a user mousse over a scrolling arrow button.

The same basic function was employed for the artist's profile. The height of the container was constrained, and so, a profile was placed within a scrolling DHTML text box, making use of the "overflow:hidden" style, and affording artists more space to describe themselves. The artist's current portfolio, their exhibitions, and a visitor commentary section also had to be incorporated on one page. The solution: Tabbed JavaScript and DHTML navigation which better organized space and allowed the visitor to toggle through the artist's portfolio, exhibitions, and visitor commentary without reloading.

The lesson here is when building a dynamic site; make use of advanced design techniques. By using these methods, not only can information be better organized and more intuitively arranged, but it can also be constrained to achieve a consistent look and feel for the site. Also remember that most DHTML mentioned in this article can be found at various open source web sites.