If a page contains a few paragraphs plus two or three pictures, the normal sidebar display is still the best way to go. The inline picture option is most useful for pages with a lot of text and / or many pictures, especially for showing sections of text and related pictures together.
Pictures can be inserted anywhere in the text, but they will make the page look messy if not positioned with care. There is scope for experiment as the references may be moved or edited in the normal way within the text entry box, but tidy layouts can be achieved using the methods described below.
- Place references, whether for right- or left-aligned images, right at the start of the paragraph to ensure that text and pictures line up vertically. For example:
[123,l] [124,r] Some paragraph text .... will place a picture on each side of the paragraph.
- Unless paragraphs are long enough to "cover" the vertical space occupied by the picture, showing successive paragraphs with just one picture each can produce "ragged" effect which will display inconsistently on different screens. So maintain balance by regularly alternating the picture alignments, e.g.
[123,l] First paragraph ...
[124,r] Second paragraph ...
[125,l] Third paragraph ...
- Tables provide more control over layouts, A single "strip" of pictures can be shown by separating the references with commas, e.g.
[123,l] ,, [124,l] ,, [125,l] ,, [126,l] In this case the alignment option refers to the pictures' positions within a table cell rather than the full page, so it is best to align them all uniformly. Because each image will occupy roughly 200 pixels horizontally, it isn't advisable to show more than five in a row.
- Text and pictures can be combines in a table row, to assist in lining things up exactly ...
[123,l] ,, Some text
[123,l] ,, Some more text
... or to produce a particular effect e.g. to make a "before and after" contrast:
[123,l] ,, Some text ,, [124,r]
- Bear in mind that table rows are always centred on the page if they are too short to fill its entire width. Successive table rows will line up correctly so long as there are no blank lines between them!