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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Web Site
Re: [Gnumed-devel] Web Site
Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:07:03 -0500
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Tony Lembke wrote:
My only nitpick is the FAQs: the text appears as one huge paragraph,
although its formatted properly when you click on
"More..." This text is the summary, just far too long, is there any
way to shorten it?
I have fixed up the FAQ page.
Hang on, David : ), I'm confused. The complaint above was that there
is too much of an article on the index page, which should be shortened
in a summary. You can't at the same time suggest we have one large
file with the whole article :)
Ian's complaint was about the FAQ which I agreed with. But my ideal
solution would be something completely different than the "...more..."
I also think there is an overuse of these "...more..." things all
over the site. I don't think this is a great UI technique, and
involves too much clicking.
I'd rather just see either everything in one HTML file, or a bunch of
hyperlinks linking to the individual things (news, FAQ) not this
Actually, I disagree. Jacob Nielsen is fairly adamant in his
guidelines that the correct way to have a news index on a home page is
to have the headlines and a short precis with a 'more... ' link so
that users can know what they will get when they click on a link.
When we get more contributors to News : ) it will be impractical to
have one long page,although with the current system it is certainly
easy to have all the news on one page.
I prefer something like http://www.kuro5hin.org, or http://www.kde.org,
or http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/. In kmymoney's case they have all
the news right there no clicking. I like that. In kde.org's case, you
can click to read the whole "announcement". On kuro5shin.org you can
click to read the "full story". The gnumed says things like "On Dec.
13th 2003 the first German Gnumed conference took place in Leipzig,
Germany. 9 people attended the meeting on Saturday. The group consisted
of four Gnumed hackers, people from related open sou..." It's not a
complete set of thoughts which I think it should be. My first wish
would be for it to cut off after sentences, not in mid-sentence. My
second wish would be to have two articles, one a summary and the other
the whole article. The summary should be allowed to be arbitrary in
length, depending on how long it takes to summarize the news item.
I think this is probably more like what Jacob Nielsen had in mind. I'm
glad you know about this guy. I had never heard of him.
Sorry I didn't specify exactly what I had in mind before. Instead I
said: "I'd rather just see either everything in one HTML file, or a
bunch of hyperlinks linking to the individual things (news, FAQ) not
this "...more..." thing." The reason I said that was because those are
probably the easiest to implement.
I'd also really like to see a phpbb (http://www.phpbb.com) forums
system instead of the current forums. It could be customized to our
current colour scheme. It's probably fairly easy to install.
Features that I like are, ability to see headers only be default, and
ability to receive emails when someone replies to a thread you are
watching, and many more...
Currently, there is the ability to allow user comments to be posted at
the bottom of each article. You can subscribe to this so that you will
be notified by email if someone else posts a comment - and you can
reply to their comment by email and it will be posted on the web page.
The author of a page selects whether this Discussion opportunity is
enabled or not by simply checking a checkbox when he adds the page to
the Wiki. One advantage of this that any comments posted are
automatically included in the main site index and are therefore
I'm still getting familar with the system, but I'll look into it.
Yes it does make more sense for annotating pages as opposed to a full
fledged forum. My stance would be, that if traffic ever starts to
increase on the current forums, or if we feel a strong need to have a
forum that we go with phpbb.
This system is really designed for annotating pages rather than as a
stand alone forum, and I could add phpbb if desired. It may be unwise
to add a forum if there are not many postings and the development team
do not check regularly as it all can look rather empty.
Gnumed-devel mailing list
David J. Grant
M.A.Sc. Candidate in Electrical Engineering
a-Si and Integrated Circuits Lab
University of Waterloo
Re: [Gnumed-devel] Web Site, Karsten Hilbert, 2004/02/03