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HTML Kit

HTML_Kit can be downloaded to the PC and installed at no cost; there are many plug-ins that can be added as well. It is provided by Chami.

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Ryan has performed in a broad range of technology support roles for electric-generation utilities, including nuclear power plants, and for the telecommunications industry. He has worked in web development for the restaurant industry and the Federal g...

10 comments
marm
marm

Maybe Tech Republic ought to post their own site in their "10 web design tragedies". It is a tragedy that they make it so complex and time consuming to access good information.

Vquest55
Vquest55

I thought i was alone on this. Glad to see so many have the same thought. TechRepublic what is wrong with this picture? CHANGE YOUR FORMAT !!! They are ALL right, i also do not review these slide shows because of the format. We are busy just like you. You go through your own slide shows and figure it out yourself. Or don't you even read our comments? We seem to be wasting our breath because this can't be the first time with so many negative comments on your format.

rhenley9
rhenley9

While I find your content is usually interesting or useful, I know you can find a better way to delivery it. Trying to navigate through these "slides" embedded/surrounded by a bunch of other information and adds is a terrible way to communicate with your loyal readers.

internetexplorer
internetexplorer

I agree with everyone who has criticized this layout. To summarize: it SUCKS, and you should stop using it as the primary tool to deliver anything even remotely serious or important, whether you call it a gallery or what. The full hard info should always be available in an easy-to-read format, which can could be PDF if you like, and leave the one-image-at-a-time loading (and waiting) to those who have time on their hands or just want to see cute pictures of it. I wonder is this format intended to make it hard to copy or print the article, because it sure does, but PDF can do that too without unnecessarilly irritating what must be a large part of your target audience in the process. IMHO, this approach ultimately hurts rather than helps your page counts. P.S. I already have to use Firefox to print from your site because IE8 freezes up. Not that I use it that much, but I always hate losing the choice of any of my browsers. So if you know what's causing this incompatibility, I'd appreciate a heads-up on it. TX

pa79th
pa79th

Really, if you are going to list eight, do a front page with a paragraph and a link for each. Then the reader doesn't ave to page through all the ones they don't have an interest in.

Ulyssys
Ulyssys

I pass on 90% of the slideshow's, even many that are of interest to me. If they interest me I usually figure I will go back to them later. I usually don't. Exception: Fractal Art!

KeithBa
KeithBa

I agree, this format stinks. It is less intuitive as I was expecting a contiguous list descending the web page and it took me a moment to realize the slideshow *is* the list. It is actually kind of annoying and I didn't bother finishing the slideshow (though I did somehow find the time to write this;)) Just my opinion--but you know what they say about those...

lk_bellsouth.net
lk_bellsouth.net

Here is yet another excellent article that takes forever to go through because there is no .PDF or text version available. You have eight tools in the headline article and 40 more in the "Related Articles" which would be most helpful to many people. Yet, you insist in oh-too-many articles in employing the slide show only format. You have been told time and again on countless occasions from many of your readers that they do not have time to go through these type of presentations, yet you insist on pushing them down everybody's throat. Once again, would you please offer an alternative .PDF or text file in these articles so that people who genuinely don't have time to wade through the slide show can get the information and sort through it in a timely fashion. Thank you.

ms344
ms344

The mandatory-click "slide-show" is just a gimmick to maximize click counts - techrepublic should give its audience enough credit not to burden them with this completely unnecessary inconvenience. It's like a series of those cheezy "teasers" that run on TV to entice people to watch some story on the network news. You can do better than this. !