Overview: Scenic Color Country pages have variable-width content that flows to the width of the browser, with photo windows that adjust to the screen resolution to display a large photos on the viewer's screen. Galleries are provided to view photos individually and auto-shows to display the photos in an automated slide show. Pages are optimized for a 1,200+ x 900px window (the home page, and most pages, are supposed to appear without scroll bars), but should look ok in any size window 1,000 x 768px and larger.
Conventions - highlight, popup, and underline: Move the mouse over highlighted text to open an information box with more information, a definition, an explanation, or to display a photo.
Underlined text opens a new window.
Underlined highlighted text opens an information box with an option to open a new window for more information or to display a photo.
(Select the highlights/underlines above as examples.)
When information pop-ups cannot be aesthetically located near their highlight, they appear in the header (on top of the page title).
The Burr Trail is an historic and scenic route, crossing Waterpocket Fold in Burr Canyon with
colorfully contorted switchbacks (NPS quote) - a cattle trail open long before there were any roads in the area
The historic Navajo Bridge is now a pedestrian walkway with a spectacular view of the Colorado 467' below in Marble Canyon - click to view its photo
Photo loading and network connection: Scenic Color Country is all about large photos that are intended to appear instantly when selected. To counter the delay while a photo paints into the page, photos pre-load while the visitor is perusing the article's home/information page (a downloading note often appears in the page's bottom-left corner or status bar). A photo selected from a large gallery may take extra time to appear if the gallery has not finished loading. 10Mb+ DSL or broadband is recommended; slower connections may take extra time to load - may not be a pleasant experience.
Cycling banners and auto-shows: We are annoyed when cycling images or text fly by so fast that we cannot get a grasp on them. Our cycling photos are not that fast (about 7 seconds). Faint control buttons are in the upper-right corner of auto-shows (automated slide shows) that are active and will light up on a mouse-over. To view cycling photos manually, select the pause button, and use the prev and next buttons to view the photos; the resume (play) button restarts the cycle with the next-in-line image, the exit button stops the show and closes the window. The first photo may linger a couple of seconds before the cycle begins, and an auto-show may look weird for a second or two if it has not finished loading.
Panorama photos: With this release we finally get it right with panorama photos - displaying the entire photo without scroll bars, sizing them according to the viewer's screen resolution. Panorama photos are available in the photo gallery and from a tile at the end of an auto-show.
Known issues: In pages with cycling banners, mouse-over images like the Grand Staircase in Scenic Byway 12 will not fully appear until the first banner transition. Most off-site pages do not have a close-window button - we are considering embedding pages so we can include one; there are resolution issues that we may not be able to overcome. We are investigating captcha v2, maybe we'll finally accept one of the captcha versions as the only way to defeat the bots that attempt to saturate our mailbox? If you have previously visited our site you will notice the removal of the Google Chrome issues - they have fixed whatever it was that was causing our issues, and we seem to have fixed the IE7 issues. We wonder why we continue to support Internet Explorer versions 7 & 8, but we do.