The way this website is constructed is unorthodox. My claim is that MOBYS addresses one of the biggest headaches for those wanting something to read off the internet…. looking like a printed book.
A short lesson about what you see
Traditionally a web page [what you see here] is an electronic sheet of paper created in creative software. Very expensive software but there are methods that are not so expensive that I do not want to discuss here.
The page creator will have all the images/pictures for the story collected in a folder [it many be in many different places as long as the computer know the location].
The creator then creates spaces on the page in which to place pictures, logos and text. The result will look just like a page in a newspaper.
Jump to the finished story the creator will then upload his page and the pictures [linked to the story] to his server on the internet.
A readers computer will download the electronic page with all the words the creator wanted you to see . At the same time the computer will go to the server and display the pictures as they are called up by the page,
THEN the wheels tend to fall off. In the first instance you only get to see the page when you are ‘logged in’. You only get to see the page the way the creator wanted you to see it when all the ducks are in a row. I will bet you have all had the experience of missing pictures on the internet. That means the links from the page to the server are stuffed.
That for a designer is up there with keys, pantyhose and passwords as giant frustrations.
Different computers and different computer screens and how much of your screen you allocate to look at that story have an influence. In many cases as the size of the space you have allowed is shrunk the words and pictures fight for their place on screen. The result is often hardly worth the effort, Of course a lot of money goes into making web pages retain their look but that is not reliable.
Then of course people expect to get the same display on their computer, their tablet and their smartphone.
I can tell you right now and for the long term future I will not be putting effort into cellphone appearance, that is to the detriment of the building of the site.
What you will get on a cellphone is a stack of icons and some text. The icons do work as links and take you around the site. You can still download the PDF pages and perhaps read them if you are a bugger for punishment. You can of course save them to your phone and transfer them to something else like your tablet when you get the change. It works but lacks the polish of a big screen device.
MOBYS DOES IT DIFFERENTLY
. A story is created just as if it was going to be printed in a book [or is a book] and everything is well and truly nailed down. The creator basically then takes electronic rendition of the page and loads that onto the internet. That comment draws a long bow because a PDF rendition[an international Portable Document Format] still has text and pictures embedded in the page. Embedded is the key word here because it means unlike a web page it does not need to find the right picture from the other place it is stored.
Lets jump to you on the computer. You want to read a web page and click it loads on your computer. You read it, or kind of have to read it there and then. You can bookmark the page but your computer has be online to go get it and download it again.
MOBYS pages are no like that. You have the complete story on your screen and you can read it there and then OR you can choose to save it onto your computer to read whenever you want. You do not need to be logged onto the internet if you have saved the story.
The page always looks the same and you read it over any time period. I will be waiting where you left off. You can collect stories for a permanent library or to store up for a long plane trip.
A COUPLE OF THINGS
MOBYS does not seek to be a website with stunning art and trendy bits. No egos to be massage here. This is a simple platform on a mission to give you access the the stories I have written , republished and collected. If I do that properly you will find it easy to use and come back often.
I might be a bit light on explanation but I am sure if you have a play with what you get here it will all fall into place.
Like the daily newspaper [or what we used to know as a daily newspaper] every day there is a change. Change because new stories and pictures are constantly arriving for inclusion.
So it is for MOBYS, there is a huge backlog of information already prepared that has to go up. And new ideas and stories happen all the time.
So it is my life work to keep on keeping on for as long as I am around,
The target readership
The target audience are those who come to the site from a desktop computer or a tablet. Tablets in particular very seldom have a cellular interface and this site enables you to load stories onto your tablet while on wifi. Once you get into using MOBYS you will realise you can save stories to your device for later consumption and that makes MOBYS ideal if you are going some place without the internet. You can also read through at your own pace and stop and restart from the same place. Just like a printed book. I think the expression is DIGITAL BOOK. There is no copyright you are free to redistribute these books as you see fit.
If you visit here from a cellphone I cannot guarantee the result. You will of course see the site and you will be able to track down stories and load them. How you read them or save them is something over which I have no influence. I am counting on you having enough knowledge or the ability to find some to get the job done.
I do my best to use large ICONS which are clickable or easy to find LINKS for you to navigate the site. My mission is to cut the babble to a minimum. After all the aim of the website is to give you a ready accessible resource where you can access stories
MOBYS and the contents are produced by David Jasper Robertson a retired mariner and designer from Castor Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. they are in the public domain and free for use in any legal way. I accept no responsibility for the contents and any other use that may occur. Attributing to this source is to me what a reasonable human being would do