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too long for html?

I've just received the second comment that there was an issue with the ends of the chapters in Magic Mansion. Two thoughts...maybe the voting box was an issue and I should put a link there instead...(though one of the comments came via the voting box so obviously it was showing up for the reader.)

I seem to remember with online fiction there was a rule of thumb that stories of over a certain length should be broken up, but I figured that was just old-school. I posted MM in chunks of about 6-7k words, two chapters each, or only one chapter if it was a really long one. Should I have broken it up farther?


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Feb. 17th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC)
A reader on GR reported the last few paragraphs were cut off for her, and a reader on my response form said, "Sometimes the formatting of reading it online messed up, when I skipped a chapter or two and completely was lost!"

Pretty distressing. I want to make sure this doesn't happen with the next long form story I post.

The only thing I can think is it's possibly their browsers...but I really hate the response, "Hey, it must be your problem." I need to make it work on my end.
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Feb. 17th, 2012 09:41 am (UTC)
Oh and shitty links are definitely my own fault ;-)
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Feb. 17th, 2012 09:54 am (UTC)
I hate making someone go through all that work. Usually people who don't just open another browser and try it there won't be keen on doing that amount of troubleshooting work either. I'm in search of the magical Internet where everything just works, I guess.
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Feb. 17th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
I think I was hoping someone could just tell me, "Yes, keep your entries under 3500 words and they'll be fine." *sigh*
Feb. 17th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
It could be the browser and not your formatting. I have to use IE at work and while I did read the last chapters here (Shhh. I couldn't wait.) I didn't have any problems with them. But I know some websites my work browser makes crazy. Even Facebook suddenly there are boxes all over the damn place and everything is out of kilter.

So I've read your pages with Firefox and IE and had no problem, but an old brower or an incompatible firewall (I think that is part of my problem at work when websites go funny) could affect the "look" of the pages.
Feb. 17th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
I've worked with people who weren't aware they could try a different browser if one was acting weird, too, so I don't know. Maybe it's out of my control.
Feb. 17th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds more like an issue on their end rather than yours. HTML certainly has no character limit. When I did web design I always checked the layouts over at http://browsershots.org to check for any issues.
Feb. 17th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that resource! I hadn't heard of it.

I guess a couple of people having issues are a small percentage...still I want to live in the magical land where everything works.
Feb. 18th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
We all do. At least until someone comes in and says they can't view the site, then you discover they're running Internet Explorer 5, and at that point there really isn't much you can do :P
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