Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tablet PC crusader Warner Crocker points out that Hugh Sung has posted some ink on his blog. Most notable is the fact that he's included links in ink using the same method as Silver at INKINESS.

This brings several points to my attention. First, links in ink is the killer app for ink blogging. It started with a suggestion from visitor Cheryl Lindo. I first followed through with no-tine image maps before switching to layers. Underlined image mapping is a much simpler solution.

Unfortunately, even with a web editor to generate image maps or a template for layers (which I use), the process to create ink links is labor-intensive. When a quick solution is developed, I think we'll see a lot more interest in ink blogging.

Second, I find it interesting that the three of us are of East Asian descent. I often mention that ink is ideal for character-based languages, so perhaps an appreciation of that connects us. If Andy Lin started ink blogging, we could form the East Asian Ink Blogging Super Team.

Well, good job Hugh, sorry your posts got zapped Silver, and hope you join the team Andy.

Another Blogger Links in Ink


  1. Thanks so much for the mention, Sumocat! Your blog is really inspiring! Can you give me more details on the template script you made to create "layers" for the ink URL's? Even though the image map idea is indeed faster/easier, i really love the look of your URL's so much better! Hope you don't mind helping an inking newbite!
    Take care - All the best,

    By Anonymous Hugh Sung, at 5/16/2006 02:22:00 PM

  2. The details are here for the taking.
    The HTML file has a basic cheat sheet. If you have basic familiarity with JavaScript and CSS, it should be easy to figure out. The JS and CSS files work as is. Only other elements are the images, one full-sized and one shrunk to fit the blog width. Load 'em all on the same directory and link via IFRAME. I'll try to blog the details later.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 5/16/2006 04:13:00 PM

  3. I agree 100% with what you said Sumocat, image maps (even with FP) IS labor intensive. But it sure is a labour of love! And I guess you'd have to be rather obssessed with ink blogging to stick with it.

    How interesting that we're all of Asian descent. I've added a few Chinese characters here and there but I've yet to think of blogging entirely in Mandarin LOL.

    Forming a club LOL that would be sweet, then we could evangelise ink blogging to the world and MAYBE then the Internet would support INK better! Haha

    By Blogger Silver, at 5/17/2006 08:48:00 AM

  4. Whoa! Thanks for mentioning me by name! :) Even though I suggested doing links in your posts, I'm a bit embarrassed that I didn't include any in my first (and so far only) inked blog post:


    I have to admit that I don't know how to do image maps on a Wordpress.com blog (probably can't).

    By Anonymous Cheryl, at 5/17/2006 06:08:00 PM

  5. Whoah...i feel like Neo staring across the skyscraper chasm...don't think i can swallow so much code! Anyone care to walk me gingerly through Sumocat's elegant process? Treat me like Neo in a wheelchair - a very, very SLOW wheelchair...
    Thanks, Sumocat - you're still the Sensei, and i'm just a lowly ink newbie...

    By Anonymous Hugh Sung, at 5/17/2006 10:01:00 PM

  6. Hugh: I'm working on a tutorial. Or rather I was before my PC card slot incident. Obviously, I'm a bit preoccupied now, but I think I can manage to finish by the weekend. I will keep the "slow wheelchair" in mind. :)

    Cheryl: Glad you've joined the club. As they say on the eBay, I left feedback. And again, thanks for the push.

    Silver: Yeah, our club could be like the East Asian club from "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle", except no drug parties or excitement over investment banking.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 5/18/2006 08:35:00 AM

  7. Hey sumocat! Just waiting for your tuturial to image maps with layers and I'll link to it from my guide! Credit's all yours! ;) I've yet to try it out but I'll be sure to do that!

    By Blogger Silver, at 5/19/2006 08:35:00 PM

  8. Sorry. As you might have read, I got sidetracked again. Also, I realize I didn't design my system with other people in mind, so I need to do some "repackaging".

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 5/19/2006 11:37:00 PM

  9. Hey Sumocat no worries! It's a small thing, take your time! ;) Anytime you're ready just let me know!

    By Blogger Silver, at 5/20/2006 07:31:00 AM

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