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Re: Website revamp?

From: TEC
Subject: Re: Website revamp?
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 22:19:28 +0800
User-agent: mu4e 1.4.10; emacs 26.3

Hello Russell, Amin,

Thanks for giving me your thoughts on the idea :)
Your responses have lead me to think that this may lead somewhere.

Russell Adams <RLAdams@AdamsInfoServ.Com> writes:
My feedback is that personally I don't care about trendy web pages. I agree with you that adding JS to simple pages makes them horrible.

Oh absolutely. I don't want any of those JS-laden pages which load with: "We're sorry but this doesn't work properly without JavaScript enabled. Please enable it to continue."
Urgh. No thanks.

For org, a simple static page of HTML + CSS seems perfect, with perhaps the odd feature using JS - like copy code block buttons.

I would suggest though if you can use an Org-based html theme to improve the site, that might be useful. It's always nice to be able to self-create instead of using other tools.

That would be ideal IMO. I'll see if I run into issues with an org-export based site.

I recently tried a read-the-docs theme exported from Org and found it very nice, and nearly zero difficulty to integrate. That surprised me.

If you want another example, check out my config ;) --- https://tecosaur.github.io/emacs-config/config.html It's less light weight than what I'm conceptualising, but it's just produced by org-html-export-to-html ... with a few tweaks (ok, a lot).

Getting an Org site theme into core that'd do that, and make the website export from that template could be a good idea. Or if it's already done (I beg ignorance), perhaps updating that template could be a good use of your time?

I think this is what I'll look into first (pending Bastien's response, of course).

Amin Bandali <bandali@gnu.org> writes:
Hi :)

While we wait for Bastien and others to chime in, per your question in your original proposal email, if you have not seen it already, the repository containing the sources for the current Org website seems to be at <https://code.orgmode.org/bzg/orgweb>.

I wasn't aware of that! Thank you very much for bringing it to my attention.

If you have some time, perhaps consider making a quick demo of one revamped page, to give folks an idea of what sort of changes you imagine?

I may just have a go at whipping up a 'revamped' index page, I'll let you all know how that goes.

I think the overall design of the Org website is fine, but it could use well-thought out enhancements to make browsing around and discovering things easier. That said, I personally wouldn't be opposed to a bit of a revamp, if the site continues to work well without JS and continue to be accessible in text-based browsers (like EWW and Lynx).

As I said earlier, I see no reason for the Org site to be much more than a simple static page ... just in need of a bit of massaging into a more aesthetically pleasing shape.


While this may seem like a relatively minor pursuit in the scheme of things, it is (or at least was in my case) the landing page for the feature that can draw one into Emacs.

For the sake of curious individuals who aren't sure what to expect, I think it's worth some effort to make their first impression lean more towards "Org is a novel and exciting format, ahead of it's time" than "Org is some old and crufty format that hasn't received much love" :P

While obviously that goes far beyond the styling of orgmode.org, I do honestly think that it plays a part.

All the best,


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