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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: Change of web site layout
Date Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:59:24 GMT

On 06/15/2014 04:55 PM, Daniel Gruno wrote:
> Hi there, dev@ people (and docs@ cc'ed),
> For some time now, a lot of us from the documentation team have been
> pondering on making our site, well, not so 1990s looking and unappealing.
> We've had some input from various people over time, and together with my
> own thoughts, I've come up with a new core template that I plan to
> submit to our CMS system if there aren't too many objections.
> A mockup front-page featuring this new design can be seen at
> (please don't start browsing the entire site, IT
> DOES NOT WORK, it needs to be behind our CMS system to be pretty and
> useable).
> And yes, this new layout will feature some changes:
> - News are placed in a carousel to eliminate the 'wall of text' we
> currently have. RMs will have to get acquainted with how to change the
> news on the site (which shouldn't be difficult if you look at the source
> code, you will still be able to use the CMS to edit it)
> - The menu is now a top bar instead of a side bar
> - Some menu items have been grouped together differently than before
> - The 8 bit feather has been replaced with the 32 bit one.
> - It's not quite
> Now, before half the team starts complaining that this uses HTML5,
> JavaScript or CSS3, please bear in mind that *we are not the intended
> audience*. This is not - and should not be - about what we want, it's
> about what modern (non-lynx) users will find attractive or off-putting
> about a site.
> So, I will leave it to you to either love or hate this idea, and if I
> don't hear any (good) arguments against this, I will update the site
> layout in about 72 hours. If, however, someone feels very strongly about
> not changing status quo, I will of course take it to a vote on dev@ (I
> assume docs@ people also follow dev@).
> So, throw me some indicative pluses or minuses, or some comments, if you
> care about our site :)
> With regards,
> Daniel.
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Rich Bowen - - @rbowen - @apachecon

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