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Re: new website (general info)

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: new website (general info)
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 12:22:53 -0300

On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM, Graham
Percival<address@hidden> wrote:
> In the hopes of convincing Han-Wen that we should include the
> website in the main branch, I've done my first pass at rearranging
> it.  You can see it in the web-gop/ branch (cd texinfo && make),
> or here:
> Things to note:
> - yes, it's in pdf as well.
> - I'm calling it "general info" rather than "website" in an
>  attempt to reinforce that fact.
> - I'm doing the overall structure here.  (think of Sep 2007, when
>  GDP was doing the high-level organization)
> - I split the stable docs+downloads away from the unstable
>  docs+downloads.  I did this yesterday (before Jan discovered
>  the Dec 2008 release policy), but this helps to explain my
>  position there as well.  :)
> - we have warnings about reading the Crash course before people
>  download stuff.
> - the Documentation/index.html file will be removed; links to the
>  manuals come directly from the general info pdf/html/info files.

I am not fond of this idea, especially the idea to create the website
in Info.  Websites are not texinfo documents.   They are our face to
the outside, and they need to be pretty and slick, with colorful and
engaging images.  With a website that looks like a dry info document
(complete with Table of contents), nobody would be interested in
trying lilypond.

If you want to have inspiration on what to do, go to a couple of
excellent websites (for example: ,,
etc.) and see how they convince the viewers that their products should
be tried out.  While we have insufficient manpower to create sites
that elaborate, please use those as directions where to go. Please
don't go back to the lilypond 1.4 model; we abandoned it for a reason.

Han-Wen Nienhuys - address@hidden -

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