Apologies in advance, as this is not necessarily a question regarding any specific HYPE component. I have been struggling for some time to determine the most appropriate/efficient platform for a personal project, and I'm wondering if any experienced users of this software may be able to offer their thoughts.
Several years ago, I began creating an autobiography of sorts. Essentially, we can call this the "story of my life" - in the most raw format. My intention is to make this writing available to a small group of people once I've passed on. Morbid, I know, but after a relatively long list of personal losses in the past few years I've decided this would be something I'd like to make available to family and close friends once I'm deceased.
Of course, the heart of this product is textual, but in the process of composing what I already have, the "geek" in me has taken over, and what started as a simple text journal has evolved into a media-rich presentation in the style of an e-zine or interactive ebook. To date, I've bounced around from one platform to another, including ebook creation apps, simple word processors, offline CMS systems, and (as you can guess) HTML5 apps like Hype. Unfortunately, I have still not yet been able to pin down any one platform or format that fully accommodates what I'm trying to do. I wanted to put it out to this forum to see if anyone with more than my (very limited) experience with Hype can either confirm or deny that this is an application worth investing more time in with this project.
Here's my core requirements for the project I am creating:
- Interactive components, including photo galleries, maps, animations (both graphic and textual)
- An intuitive navigation that allows readers to browse chapters, contents, etc.
- A dynamic visual representation (stylized typography, colors, backgrounds, layouts etc) that differs between certain segments
As for limitations that I've encountered:
- Offline operability - As this is obviously very personal information, I need something that can remain offline - I have no interest in putting my deepest thoughts on anyone's servers
- Compatibility - As I have no plans to "buy the farm" any time soon (I am 46 years old), I need to find a format that will allow me to deliver this product in a format that ensures it can be viewed.
Ideally, I'd like to have the final product on some type of removable media that I can place in my "death box", to be found if/when my survivors would be looking for my insurance policies, vital documents, etc. I certainly understand that there's no way to know what technologies/operating systems/software/coding languages will be in use or prevalent at that time, but I want to "future-proof" it as much as possible. In addition, I certainly have no intention on "publishing" said product, so something that would be fully self-contained and able to be viewed on someone's desktop (not OS-specific) is what I need.
Sorry for the rambling... I'm curious to hear others' thoughts on Hype's potential for such a project, and/or any better alternative suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. - For what it's worth, the format that I'm currently using is essentially an offline website comprised of multiple pages. I had decided this offers the highest level of "compatibility", however my concern is that the procedure for viewing it (copying the directory to someone's desktop - including media and stylesheets then finding and launching the index page) may not be very intuitive for whomever receives it.