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From sebb <>
Subject Re: [ALL] suggestion for improvement: Unify homepage layout for all commons subprojects
Date Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:16:24 GMT
On 16 January 2012 15:02, Christian Grobmeier <> wrote:
> Actually Simone has already brought up a bootstrap'ped variant of the
> Commons homepage I liked very much. Not sure what was the problem with
> that.

The major problem was that it did not meet the branding requirements.

> We should put it on our table again, as the current Commons site
> looks like we are jdk 1.3 users (ok, we support 1.3 on some places,
> but this does not mean we should be proud of that ;-))
> On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM, Benedikt Ritter
> <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> looking at the different commons project pages, it occurs to me, that all
>> pages use a slightly different layout. For example comparing Lang, BeanUtils
>> and Collections with one another the first thing are the page titles:
>> - Home
>> - BeanUtils - Commons
>> - Collections - Home
>> If I were to rate this titles, I would say that "BeanUtils - Commons" is the
>> best one, followed by "Collections - Home". "Home" from Lang's project page
>> is clearly the worst page title I can think of.
>> Looking at the content area, there is not much to complain about. All three
>> content areas are structured nearly the same way (although IMHO BeanUtils
>> content area is a bit overloaded with release informations).
>> When it comes to the sidebar, things get completely inconsistent.
>> First of all: Why doesn't Lang's homepage has a link so ApacheCon?
>> Why does BeanUtils have a Documentation are and a Project Documentation
>> area?
>> Where do I get all the informations about developing BeanUtils from (as Lang
>> and Collections have a distinct development area)?
>> Why does Lang's ASF area have more links than the ones of the others?
>> Why do the release history pages of all three projects look so completely
>> different?
>> In addition to that, I think that one thing is really missing on all of the
>> three above mentioned pages: There is no road map for future releases! How
>> can I know if I should wait for the next Collections release, that provides
>> generics or better start my new project using the latest release? Maybe it
>> will be out next week, maybe I have to wait one year. I don't know... There
>> really has to be a road map, so that the users know when they can expect the
>> next release and what they can expect from it.
>> I guess, I have made my point clear, and I bet that looking at other commons
>> project pages would result in finding even more layout variants.
>> I don't want to study the page layout all over again, when I browse through
>> the different project pages. I want everything to be at the same place (as
>> far as possible). So I propose to unify all page layouts. This post is not
>> supposed to present the perfect layout, but rather be a discussion starter
>> on how such a layout could look like (if you guys think that a unified
>> layout is needed at all...).
>> Regards
>> Benedikt
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