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18 May 2024 06:55:43 EDT (-0400)
  Re: That blank space at the top of the website pages  
From: Mr
Date: 11 Jun 2021 16:20:00
Message: <web.60c3c4ca365738b66adeaecb3f378f2@news.povray.org>
Chris Cason <del### [at] deletethistoopovrayorg> wrote:
> The blank space at the top of the website pages was originally intended
> to hold image banners (for a short time we ran ads, but mostly it's been
> stuff I wanted to at the time promote or raise attention to; e.g.
> http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/candyfab or
> http://www.magnatune.com/info/openmusic.
> However for a long time we've had nothing there (can't recall the exact
> reason but I think it was because the banner images I was using for the
> links were looking really dated, e.g.
> http://www.povray.org/i/ads/madscientist.gif).
> I'd like to stop having the blank bit at the top as I think it's ugly
> (just IMO). This means either putting something there or re-designing
> the layout not to have it. The latter would be more work than it's
> probably worth, plus I think the blank can be put to good use as most
> sites nowadays have some sort of site-specific graphics or logo at the top.
> Instead of having a standard smallish image there (typically these were
> under 470 pixels wide and under 70 pixels high) I could instead set a
> background image that either partially or fully fills the blank.
> Width would need to be at least 2k pixels (unless its horizontally
> tileable or suited to being a single centered, left-aligned or
> right-aligned instance) and height no more than 72 pixels.
> Possible candidates for this image would be a new site banner or logo
> that has the text e.g. 'Persistence of Vision Raytracer' or whatever;
> for this case, the text would need to be no wider than a reasonable
> minimum (say 800 pixels) so that it's still readable on smaller monitors
> without needing to be scaled. However the image as a whole can be 2k
> wide or thereabouts so as to fill any left-over space on wider monitors.
>   Ideally the background would be an attractive rendering or something.
> Alternately it could just be some nice rendering without any text. In
> either case we can have multiple versions - one would be randomly chosen
> on each page load (or possibly per visit rather than per page).
> Reason I'm posting here is that I've found it's not that easy to just
> take a 70-odd pixel high slice out of a 2k wide rendering that doesn't
> end up looking like crap, as most renderings are not intended to be seen
> that way.
> So ... if anyone knows of something that might suit and/or is willing to
> have a stab at generating something that may work, I'm all ears. It
> doesn't have to be raytraced, though ideally it would be (at least for
> the background). Text can be composited on top in a graphics program (or
> I could just overlay it using HTML if we're not doing anything fancy).
> Ideas?
> -- Chris

Hi, could the Christoph Hormann's Landscape of the week project sources be
adapted to render from todays pov and be set to a very wide format, then the POV
file for the scene could even be linked to when clicking ? I believe such
landscapes will always play nice and look even more detailed on such a
panoramascope than usual framings.

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