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From Daniel Gruno <>
Subject Re: Change of web site layout
Date Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:54:17 GMT
On 06/16/2014 10:33 AM, Greg Stein wrote:
> I find the carousel to be unhelpful. Left? Right? Is there an ordering?
> Where is the info I need? I actually clicked the arrows several times
> until I realized there were just three bits of info. It is just too
> difficult to "see at a glance". Carousels like that (IMO) are best for
> non-"task" information. If I arrive and am seeking information, then put
> it directly on the page for me to find quickly.
> It is only three boxes of information. The look of the (carousel) box is
> nice. Put three of those vertically on the page, and I'd say you're good.
I'll give it a try - might take a while to get there, but I'll try :)
I still would like to use a carousel for other things, perhaps we could
start adding some blog posts or tips'n'tricks and use it for that?

Part of what makes me like carousels is that they bring some life to a
page, and our front page, as it is right now, desperately needs some
life. But I also ack that people don't like to have the news in a
carousel, so I'll try adding the news in a bit more traditional fashion,
and then we'll see if we can't use the carousel a bit lower on the page,
but with some 'alternative reading' suggestions.

> Cheers,
> -g
> On Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 3:55 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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