On Sun, Aug 05, 2012 at 11:42:36AM +0100, Kake wrote:
> On CGC I've done this with a set of 5
thumbnails at the bottom of
> each page, showing the two neighbours on either side. See e.g.
On Mon 13 Aug 2012, David Cantrell <david(a)cantrell.org.uk> wrote:
First, the second row should have Forbidden Planet on
consistency with the top row.
Agreed! This was an oversight which I will correct.
Another question is how long a gap between neighbours is permissible.
See for example Tamworth Road:
Should 175 North End (ex Forbidden Planet) be a neighbour of Coco Hair
and Beauty? They're quite a long way apart.
But I think I'd prefer that the neighbour for
something on a corner
be the road itself, and not what's the other side of the road.
Hm, maybe. I would like to get the indication of the cross-road in
somewhere, but I don't think it should be the actual _neighbour_, as
in having a little square thumbnail like the others. For one thing,
not all cross-roads have their own locale, and hence there would be
nothing to link to. And for another, it would remove the easy
back-and-forth - at the moment, I can click on Paddy Power, read the
page, then click on Maplin again to go back. If it had the Station
Road page in between, there isn't an obvious place on that page
) to put
the thumbnail navigation, and it isn't obvious that it really makes
sense to have North End navigation on that page (though perhaps it
does make sense?)
Perhaps there could be a way to do a sort of vertically-oriented link
or something between the squares (vertically-oriented so it doesn't
take loads of horizontal space, link instead of thumbnail to make it
visually distinctive) - not sure this is possible or usable though
(can you change text direction in CSS? I know you can rotate divs).
Second, have you thought about how to handle vertical
there's only two floors, they'll normally have two separate entrances
onto the street, so you can just list them in order of their entrances,
but when there are three floors under separate occupation (there are
lots of these - shop on the ground floor, accountant on the first,
lawyer on the second, for example) then all the upper floors normally
share one entrance from the street. You occasionally even get multiple
businesses sharing one entrance on the ground floor.
I'm not sure how best to do this at the moment. As you say, when
there are separate entrances it's easy. In the more extreme cases of
lots of businesses sharing the same entrance I've just put them all on
one page, e.g.:
but it's not obvious when to switch from one model (one page per
business) to the other (grouping businesses).
Note that vertical neighbours are also a problem on 2-D maps! I've
got around this by just displacing the pointers slightly, e.g. see the
Amai and Boots, for example, are one on top of the other.