The current grid map needs to scrolled, the frame as well as the print is really small and I thought it would be wonderful to have a PDF or image file one can download and store locally to view the grid map in a full window or even to print out for hanging it on the wall.
I realize the grid map is probably generated dynamically, and I don't know how technically difficult it would be to upload the newest map to an image hoster like flickr and set a link on this page to an OSG-account on flickr, if there is such a thing. Or provide it directly on the page for downloading, if that doesn't strain the server too much.
The idea of having a local grid map as an image file is not only for better overview for those of us who enjoy looking at the progress other regions are making, or who has been a lazy bum, thus relying on the grid map for finding out about the very geographical existence of other regions, but also for not allocating local CPU resources to browsers while the grid client is running. Firefox is CPU hungry, Konqueror less so (don't know about browsers of operating systems like Windows or Mac), so this is definately a competition for the giant resources whore that is the grid viewer client. Personally I like all other apps closed when I'm inworld to keeps things relatively liquid and not having the SL viewer faint on me from starvation.
Yes, the login page (congrats on the new login page BTW, very nice!) has a list of regions, and it can be helpful if one has forgotten the spelling of the name of a particular region, but text is always an abstract semiotic thing. When I read the name of a region like "Xantor", it's just a word which poofs away into the nirvana of conscioussness if there's no visual memory of where in the grid Xantor actually is. I don't know about others, but creating an inner grid map in my mind is important for my orientation in the grid, from there I associate all other things like people, builts, terraforming and even emotions I was having at a particular moment in time. My dialect of consciousness is not mathematically reductionist, there's just too little testosterone floating around for that.
BTW, speaking of Konqueror, the (PHP?Java?) grid map doesn't display in it at all, all I get is the names of the regions in an unreadable text-snake. Konqueror is the secret king of browsers, it is besides Opera the only browser to adhere to a particular W3C standard whose name I've just forgotten, so it is a good benchmark and orientation point for the functionality a web page should have. I'm sorry if just some FOSS-partisan fanaticism took control of my hands and made me write this, it was not meant to come across in any way harsh, but just as a casual statement one would make in a launchy bar after work. I don't know why Konqueror doesn't display some things which Firefox does without barking, it could of course also just be me and a configuration thingy or package or plugin I've not installed. I could be at fault. It could me my sole mistake. Perhaps im not perfect. It's a concept worth considering, maybe, at least in this particular context, as to not derail my fragile psychology:-))
*cough* this is getting awfully long just for a tiny suggestion, sorry about that. I do get carried away sometimes.
What can I do, I'm a creative.