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Comments on revised website design

From: Richard Stonehouse
Subject: Comments on revised website design
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 04:59:15 GMT

Viewing in Opera 7.50/Linux:

I like the home page (GNUstep Overview), think it looks nice and clean
and inviting. Some of the other pages look a bit cluttered to me, but
it's maybe a matter of taste.

<h1>'s descenders overlay following text on some pages.

<h2>'s also come a bit close to following text.

The 'GNUstep Overview' page uses <h3> for headers, other pages use <h1>
and <h2> - is this deliberate? Think I prefer the <h3> size. Maybe use
<h1>/<h2> for all pages but reduce size in style sheet to around that of
current <h3>?

'Downloading GNUstep' page - bullet points appear in LH margin, should
be indented.

'Documentation' page starts with an <h3> heading - should be <h1> as
following headings are <h2>.

In general, I find the big blocks of text on some pages a bit
off-putting - e.g. the 'GNUstep, Why bother?' page. Could perhaps do
with more white space, both around headings and around paras. Also,
breaks normal paragraphing rule that each para should deal with one
topic only. Suggest splitting up up something like:

  GNUstep, Why bother?
    First of all, GNUstep is not an operating system
    and it's not a window manager (although it is
    closely tied to the Window Maker window manager,
    the "official" window manager of GNUstep).
    GNUstep is a development environment. Well, really
    it's an object-oriented development environment.
    OK, it's a free, standard, object-oriented,
    cross-platform development environment that is
    meant to provide generalized visual interface
    design, a cohesive user interface, and look good
    as well.
    GNUstep is based on and is completely compatible
    with the OpenStep specification developed by NeXT
    (now Apple Computer Inc.). We also plan to track
    future changes to the MacOS X system in order to
    remain compatible.
    GNUstep is written in the object-oriented language
    "Objective-C", which is based on C, with a few
    additions to make it object-oriented. Objective-C
    is a very simple language and yet it is very powerful.
    Apple has also added a Java interface to OpenStep,
    and GNUstep has this also.

etc. (The above is just to show the paragraph breaks - please ignore the


    Richard Stonehouse

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