Viewing Guidelines

The Short of It:

  • Screen Preparation ... The quality of the presentation is greatly enhanced when your screen resolution is set to at least 800 x 600, your color resolution to anything greater than 256, and all the toolbars and status bars have been turned off or you are utilizing full-screen mode (maybe by typing the F11 key). This makes a profound difference in your viewing experience -- mainly by keeping unnecessary scrollbars from appearing when the space runs out. If you want to change your screen, more details about doing so can be found below.
  • Internet Browser ... This presentation was developed for viewing with Netscape 4.0 or better. Internet Explorer 4.0 or better works well, too.
  • Navigation ... Word links are sometimes made bold instead of underlined. Most links are images and often don't have accompanying text. For instance, click on the little portraits embedded in the text to see the larger versions. Click on the larger portraits to enter the Ethereal Navigator. Click on shapes and oddities ... the only way to find out where a symbol might lead is to follow it. Remember that not all links will be marked as such. Experiment and explore.
  • Opal's Language ... Artists frequently bend the rules, and Opal Whiteley is no exception. Remember the text was written in the early 1900's. One best not assume modern meanings and connotations of words like "God" -- try to understand Opal's intended meaning behind her unusual approach to language.
  • Images ... You can often identify an image by moving the mouse pointer over the image and briefly holding it there. A tag containing descriptive text will appear if you are utilizing a browser with this feature.

That's it in an acorn shell.

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More Detail:

This web site has been prepared especially to maximize the aesthetic appeal of viewing The Fairyland Around Us on a computer screen. All this, is of course, based on the subjective perception of the web site developer -- me. I would encourage you to follow these guidelines in setting up your computer to increase your enjoyment of Opal's wonderful books. These suggestions are in order of my opinion of their importance.

The most important is screen and color resolution. Most all of the images, where allowed and appropriate, have been adjusted to fit into a screen resolution set for 800 x 600, and of course look best when viewed in more than 256 colors. I believe that having to view scroll bars and other oddities of common web browsers is not beneficial for aesthetic purposes, and I have worked hard to see to it that the scroll bars are not present when viewing images. I would ask that in return you take a few usually-simple steps to compensate for this on your own computer. It is crucial to -- besides having a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or greater, and a color setting greater than 256 colors -- to maximize the amount of space available to the web browser for displaying.


  • Set your screen resolution to 800 x 600 or greater. In the windows operating system, go under "start menu" then "settings" then "control panel". A window will come up. Locate and double-click "display". Another window will come up. Single-click on the tab called "settings". Here we can make a couple of changes if need be. In the section called "desktop area", adjust the slide rule to 800 x 600 (or greater if you wish, but 800 x 600 is the best). Next, in the section called "color palette" select a color setting that is greater than "256 color", like "high color" or "true color". Hopefully, you will be able to do these adjustments with nothing further than possibly rebooting your computer. If you have problems, your computer either doesn't have the capacity to do this, or your display driver may need to be correctly updated.
  • Eliminate all unnecessary toolbars. This site has been developed to be totally independent of the need to use the "back" or "forward" buttons on your web browser. In fact, it doesn't need any web browser buttons at all. The web site is navigated only by clicking on the various images it contains (and then some). Temporarily eliminating the toolbars while you view this site means eliminating distracting or unsightly web browser components and maximizing the space available to the text and graphics. There are various ways to do this. Find the settings appropriate in your web browser, and disable toolbars such as "location" and "navigation" and the "status bar". Also, if you are using windows, eliminate the task bar (typically the bar at the bottom of your screen that shows you which programs you have open) by moving the mouse pointer to the edge of the task bar until you see your mouse pointer change into a double-pointing arrow. At this point, click the left mouse button, and drag the edge of the task bar further towards the edge of the screen. You can use the same procedures to bring these toolbars back when you want to. Sometimes I like to even go so far as to adjust the vertical size of the display with the buttons on my monitor so that the Fairyland banners go all the way to the edge of the screen on the top and on the bottom -- that's really how it should look.
  • Adjust the font sizes. Your browser probably has settings for "variable-width fonts" and "fixed-width" fonts. This web site uses both kinds -- variable-width for regular text, and fixed-width for poetry. I recommend setting both sizes to "12", or whatever suits your fancy.
  • Maximize the contrast between lightness and darkness on your monitor. An excellent way to do this is described by Mr. Zsolt Frei at his amazing Galaxy Catalog web site. A simple way to do it is to manually adjust the settings on your monitor until you feel the most happy with the way the colors are appearing.
  • Make good use of your web browser's features. For instance, to view a frame in a full-screen way, locate the options menu for that frame (typically by first moving the mouse pointer over the frame, then right-clicking or holding down the mouse button) and select "Open frame in new window" or a corresponding option. This is useful for viewing images that are larger than your screen allows, like Opal's hand-written poetry pages.