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Chapter 5. Enhancing Pages with Graphics... > Design Corner: Graphic Elements in W...

Design Corner: Graphic Elements in Web Page Design

Whole libraries are dedicated to graphic design, and many of these principles are applicable to the design of Web pages as well. The most important principle is likely this one: Think about what you want to do before you do it.

For example, does a particular page absolutely depend on graphics to achieve its purpose? For example, if the page examines a particular work of a particular painter, the answer is almost certainly yes, and the work must be made accessible to the visitor. But does that mean you have to reproduce a large graphic of the work on that page? No, it doesn't, and likely you should not do so—the download time for the page might be very long. Instead, plan to put a thumbnail of the work on the page and link it to a file containing the larger image.


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