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Hi! I am Chris Converse, and this is a course about creating your own photo gallery. I want to start by taking a look at the final project that we're going to be creating. When you download the assets, there's going to be a Final Project folder where you can open these files in your web browser and take a look at what the user experience is going to look like once we're done programming this. I am going to start by taking the index.html file and opening it up in a web browser. So in here I have a series of thumbnails. When the gallery loads automatically, the very first image actually fades up over on the right-hand side.
As I move my cursor around the thumbnails, I get a little highlight. Clicking on a thumbnail will fade down the particular thumbnail I clicked on, show me a preview image slightly larger version of the thumbnail, show me a caption, give me links at the bottom. If I click on the preview, we actually load this up in a lightbox and this is the higher-resolution file, so there's three versions of each photograph that we're going to be working with. The caption will close up, the picture will load, and then change. We also have a preload set in here, so as we click on the items, the preview image over on the right-hand side has a jQuery plug-in attached to it that will automatically preload the image and then fade it up, so we don't have that case where the image just pops on because it started to animate before it preloaded.
And in addition we're going to be plugging in two open-source frameworks in the jQuery: one called Fancybox to do the Lightbox overlays and one called far IN space to do the preload images. Now, one of the advantages of using a framework like this is that we can go across multiple platforms and multiple devices and get the same user experience. Here I am going to hop over to Windows and we're going to come down to load the same project in Windows XP, all the way back to Internet Explorer 7, and we're going to get the same user experience this far back.
I can click on the different thumbnails. I can click on VIEW IMAGE. Now, this experience will also work in IE 6, although we won't get some of the transparent effect. So we've got this sort of light drop shadow that we get from Fancybox and this overlay here. Some of that's won't show up in IE; they'll just be solid pictures. So this will work in IE, but it won't be the optimal user experience. And in addition to platforms--let's close out of Mac and Windows here-- we can also load this up in mobile devices.
So here we're looking at a version of Android. So in Android here, I am going to come in to the web browser. I'm going to come up to my Favorites. I am going to load the same files in the Android environment. I am going to hit Ctrl+F11 to rotate the device. I can tap on an image; I get the fade-in and then fade-out. Tap on the full picture, I get the lightbox that comes up.
And then the individual browsers that people visit our gallery with will then dictate what the full user experience can be based on those particular browser's capabilities. So I hope this sounds interesting to you, and if so, let's get started with the first chapter.
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