The written part of your geo-story can be a few sentences, or the contents of an entire atlas. The flexible window has
three default states to display copy as a sidebar, supporting narrative, or main feature.
Geostories based on existing reports can follow the same chapter structure as a print of web version. Or
they can be organizaed to maximize the interaction between text, maps, and other media.
Currently, the text window displays plain text and titles. ES v3.0+ will support a wider range of options,
including: a variety of HTML formatting, hyperlinks, and language/character sets. You will also be able to
embed images within the copy to illustrate your points without breaking flow.
In creating content -- especially text content -- less is more. The shorter your copy, the more elegant the display.
This applies particularly to titles, and even more to pulldown menus. Short titles reduce confusion and
help users quickly identify the information they are looking for.
Typically, only a small portion of your copy will be seen at any time, which is useful in focusing user attention.
It's a good idea to put main points and captions for the maps and media elements first. Judicious use of bolding,
italics, bullets, headings, and other formats will help guide readers to the main point
of your story, and help them take in information in digestible chunks.