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Re: New website

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: New website
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 18:32:07 +0200

(Taking this to the list again... )

Tyler: can you double check your email setup: I get

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address@hidden writes:
> I'm gratified that you use python for the page generation, as that is my
> preferred language to work with. 

Cool !

You'll notice that the handling of Home URL is a rather ugh, that
will have to be rewritten if the script takes on bigger proportions.

> After examining the site, I've identified a few things about the site
> that I think could be improved on a bit.
> 1. Needs a logo. Doesn't need to be anything fancy, but we need
> something that can serve as a graphical identifier.

We still have the old logo (which is also under switch/ )

> 2. Navigation links. Not sure quite how this should be done, but Ill
> play with it. The current version doesn't show a clear heirarchy.

What do you mean ?

(for the top bars, I was envisaging tabs by setting alternating bg colors, i.e.

    l1   ...[l2]...   l3     l4
    ...............        .....
    m1.......m2....  [m3]  ..m4.
(. denotes a different color).

I think that it should be possible with tables. For the moment I
prefer not to use pngs for buttons and the like.

> 3. General look. The all white page isn't as clear as it could be.
> Subtle color variations for headers, navigation,etc can be very
> effective. See for an example. (Note: I think the
> homepage is overly cluttered, but I do like the use of color.)

I'd like to use a light shade of yellow (similar to music paper) for
the default background. One of the problems is that the music images
have white backgrounds, which looks awful.  They should be converted
to RGB-ALPHA (or gray/alpha). I didn't have time to figure that out,
but I suppose that a gimp script could do it.

> 4. Where'd the online doc go?

It is sort of a dilemma: for first time visitors it's not interesting,
but frequent users manage to miss the link on the front page.

(See "Quick links" at the front page)

> I'm gonna start working on a few of these, on my private copy. I'd like
> to here what you think about these ideas. 

Ok. You have to do cvs update regularly, since lots of things are
still changing

> To see a site I've done, visit 
> That site started out as a little hack for my personal use, so it
> doesn't have quite the polish I'd like, but hey...



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