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Deer

Red deer on Exmoor - near Foreland Point.

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Bird of Paradise

Grown from seed - flowers every year after 7 years!

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Great Tit

Taken at a feeding station on the Tarka Trail near Torrington. The woods are alive there with numerous species of birds. Other birds seen at the same time:

  • Blue Tit
  • Robin
  • Chaffinch
  • Nuthatch
  • Woodpecker

If the text extends past the end of the page, then the scrollbar automatically appears and the user can scroll to the end of the text. Links in the text work now.

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Drinker Moth

This was resting in the garden. Named after its habit of drinking during the morning.

Moo2zoom

Click on the images on the left to expand them.

Moo2zoom uses the mootools javascript framework to create a gallery application. It is lightweight and easy to use. All of the layout is controlled from the HTML files, so there is no need to learn javascript to use it.

Moo2zoom does not leave the user viewing a blank square while the full size image is loaded, unlike many other gallery applications. Also, the banner text is displayed below the image, allowing the user to view the image in full. Other gallery applications place the banner text over the image, obscuring part of it.

The transition is started using the thumbnail, which is replaced during the transition as soon as it is available. The resulting pixelisation is not too noticeable as it is on a moving image. There is an option to pre-load all the images, although this will delay the initial page loading.

I think custom cursors are a nice way of giving people a hint at what you want them to do but be warned: some legacy systems only support 32x32 cursors, and cannot cope with transparancy. You will have to limit yourself to small cursors without transparency if some of your users have not upgraded to Linux and Firefox. See https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Using_URL_values_for_the_cursor_property for more information. Just to be awkard, the cursors used here are 29x50. IE mangles them but they are still readable.

Moo2zoom will be available under The GNU General Public License in due course. It is part of hibuilder and is available for all new hibulder customers.