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From Christian Grobmeier <>
Subject Re: [ALL] suggestion for improvement: Unify homepage layout for all commons subprojects
Date Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:02:49 GMT
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. 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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