note: this introduction was written in 1999, now in 2010 there are more
than 3 GB of material, but my time is little, so between the options of
updating pages and gathering new material i opted for the second one ...
So i updated only the pages where i feel absolutely necessary ...
After 3 years of
"honorable service", at first on Geocities, later hosted on a
server of the DIC where I work,
I decided to give the site a new aspect.
Not that the old was bad, but now, with more than 100 pages, 1700 images and 40 multimedial movies, for a total of more than 150 MB many people get lost in the labyrint of pages.
The most important novelty, althought it should be trasparent to most of the users, is that the site is now multilingual: at present in italian and in english, in future ...
The choose of the language is automatic and dependent upon the setting of your browser, so if you get the wrong language first thing should be checking language setting of your browser.
Also, most people is not able to see all the site in a single session, so I prepared a series of Itineraries that give the links to each page on that argument, this way one can choose an itinerary and follow that one.
Beside the "traditional" index that link to every start page of every chapter, as in a printed book, I have added three more ways to navigate this site: These ways are complementary, since not all pages can be accessed with every mode.
The first one is the Itinerary mode, in a way similar to a tourist guide, where for every day you found a different trip in the city. My itineraries are different, since they are not geographically connected (since they are in this way from the beginning) but rather logically connected.
I have prepared a few itineraries, that are described in full in their sub-page, I have however mention one, that is completely new in its kind, since it is aimed to sightless people, and include a set of pages "The sounds of the railway" without graphics, but with a series of sound recordings
The second is a map mode: you get a map and by clicking on it you are carried on that place.
Of course I have left also a frameless mode, if you are annoyed by frames.
Before you begin
navigation I would like to give you some indications on how to get the
best from the site:
The site is bot in italian and in english, the language should be automatically selected based on the setting of your browser. However the name places have all been kept in the original language (that is in Italian for almost every place). For those that are used to English names for places I have put a list of nameplaces with the translation in various languages.
Use of the index mode is just plain as every html page, the use of map mode is even simpler: just click on the site and if there is an available page you will be carried there.
Remember that, for any mode, using the backpage key (usually Alt+CrsrLeft or clicking on left arrow) is quicker than using the home link, since you will retrieve from local cache
The itinerary mode instead is a bit more complex: Since the pages are linked by geographical proximity when going from a page to another you should use the links on the left frame and not the home link, since it would carry back to main index.
The graphics have been deliberately kept to a low level, and no attempts have been made to do "fancy effects" since there is no reason to waste time and resources to load background, or putting in home page "best viewed with xyz v 9.4 at 1600x1200 on a P600" (anyway the site is best viewed at 800x600 or 1024x768).
Also this would allow any one to choose the best colour combination for his monitor and his eyes.
However two itineraries, "Virtual trips" and "The sounds of the railway" that consist almost entirely of multimedial documents are quite heavy, so you should consider download them only if you have either a fast connection or a lot of time to wait.
Updated 23 november 1999 ... this page will grow ... look every 2 weeks ... (see note at beginning: :-(
If you want to walk around, and you are planning to
come to Toscana (Italy) drop me a mail
... we can walk together
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