Click the thumbnail image (of the Newport Back Bay) to your right, and a larger version *should* pop-up .. in a cool-looking overlay, with the rest of the page assuming a smoked-glass appearance.
Web site designers like Lightbox because it allows the reader (you) to view an image (or images) without taking you away from the page you're reading. Simply click the Close button, and you return here (never really left).
I like it cuz it allows me to display a photo on a separate "page" (so to speak), with a black background, without having to create a separate web page (*.htm), such as I did > here. Plus it opens with a cool animated ("fancy pants") launcher, perfectly centered.
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Without Lightbox, an image without an accompanying web page looks like > THIS (not very pretty). And you know I'm no fan of white backgrounds (like staring at a 100-watt lightbulb).
In the blog, I have a little problem, cuz the WYSIWYG plug-in (TinyMCE) I use eliminates the rel tag (mentioned earlier) when I use the WYSIWYG feature. So I have to do the final rebuild using raw-code format. No biggie, but not perfect.
Lightbox v2.03.2 was just released today. It has considerable COOL factor. As a side note, I really dig the design of the Lightbox page > clean, simple, uncluttered, easy-to-navigate menus, attractive color scheme. Well-organized content.
Okay, seems to be working. That was easy. Cool, huh?
Update > received a bunch of mail from readers saying it's working for them, too, in a variety of browsers.
HERE is another picture of the Newport Back Bay (also using Lightbox), taken at sunset. Lightbox can be used with any kind of link: either text or graphic.
You can also configure *sets* of images (more than one), but I haven't figured out how to do that, as I haven't yet found a need.
Wonder if I could get Lighbox to work in the Rad forums? Probably not, cuz it uses UBB code. I noticed a check-box below the box where new posts are made, which says, "Check this if you'll be adding code (or don't like smileys)." I tried adding lightbox code with that box checked, but it didn't work. I mean, my code simply becomes text.