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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: [WWW] two questions about DL button on home page...
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:05:08 GMT

On 04/25/2012 10:03 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM, Kay Schenk<>  wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM, Rob Weir<>  wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM, Marcus (OOo)<>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Am 04/24/2012 11:09 PM, schrieb Kay Schenk:
>>>>> On 04/24/2012 01:05 PM, Marcus (OOo) wrote:
>>>>>> Am 04/24/2012 07:54 PM, schrieb Kay Schenk:
>>>>>>> Hi all--
>>>>>>> Right now, when I click on "I want to download OpenOffice", I
>>> the
>>>>>>> expanded green button I was getting last week, for example. I
had made
>>>>>>> some
>>>>>>> changes to this a week or so ago, but the changes that I incorporated,
>>>>>>> and
>>>>>>> the green button itself were just fine after that. I think my
>>>>>>> experience may be due to a problem with getting the mirror link
but I
>>>>>>> need
>>>>>>> to confirm this in a bit.
>>>>>>> So, question #1.
>>>>>>> I would like someone else to try this and let the list know what
>>>>>>> results are -- are you getting the expanded green button or being
>>>>>>> shuttled
>>>>>>> to /download/index.html instead?
>>>>>>> Question #2. If you're not getting the DL button, or even if
you are,
>>>>>>> how
>>>>>>> strongly do you feel about having the expanding button, or would
>>> a
>>>>>>> jump to /download/index.html be just as good?
>>>>>>> I know there was a LOT of discussion when this design first emerged,
>>>>>>> but,
>>>>>>> it would much much easier for changes in DL code -- Rob's proposal
>>>>>>> unification of yesterday for instance -- if we could just dump
>>>>>>> "internal" DL button on the home page. Yes, the buttons are the
>>>>>>> to the
>>>>>>> eye anyway on both the main index.html page and /download/index.html
>>> but
>>>>>>> the html implementation is different, different enough that both
>>>>>>> areas need to be changed when changes are needed. Additionally,
>>>>>>> dumping the
>>>>>>> "generated" button on the home page would allow us to standardize
>>>>>>> easily on incorporating the DL button -- the code used on
>>>>>>> /download/index.html -- on other pages like the NL pages.
>>>>>>> Thanks for looking at this and responding.
>>>>>> It seems Rob's last commit (r1329501 - "Remove unneeded GA code")
>>>>>> removed accidently also the toggle mode for the download button.
>>> is
>>>>>> done via JavaScript, too.
>>>>>> I've repaired it as the expanded donwload button is IMHO a nice
>>> feature.
>>>>>> Marcus
>>>>> Marcus--Thanks for would be really really helpful if
>>>>> could just do away with this approach.
>>>>> I'm going to work on the underpinnings in /download today, and not the
>>>>> home page, so I'll wait to hear from a few others.
>>>>> So far, it looks like we've got 2 to "remove/OK with removing it" (me,
>>>>> Dave), and 1 not to remove (you).
>>>> Of course we can remove the toggle feature for the green box. Lets see
>>> what
>>>> others say.
>>>> I've just re-enabled it because the effort was really minimal.
>>> What are the arguments for and against?
>> For:
>> I think the argument FOR the inclusion of the expanding DL button on the
>> home page was the idea of having the DL available "right there" for them.
>> Still, unlike other sites which would automatically display the appropriate
>> DL immediately, the user must click on the DL area of the page to "get" the
>> green DL button, so I question the former reasoning.
>  From the homepage, it is the same number of mouse clicks to download
> either way, right?    We don't save any clicks by dynamically
> expanding the DL button on the home page.

yes...this is correct -- same number of clicks...

>> On the "against" side.
>> * We bring in a bunch of additional JS to the home page which we wouldn't
>> need if the "I want to download..." simply went to download/index.html.
>> * None of the other links on the home page work like this -- they all take
>> you someplace else
>> * In theory, editing changes to make download/index.html work should should
>> port to the DL button on the home page, but for some reason, I, personally
>> have had issues with this in the past, I don't remember why
>> * You can not, based on how the button is currently constructed on the home
>> page, just  pop-in something to make this happen -- some of the JS needed
>> must live on the home page to make things work. Well maybe you can and I
>> just don't know how to do this.
>> * Changes made to the current DL logic (and really this whole process in
>> terms of coding REALLY needs further evaluation)  like function names and
>> arguments to them, etc. need to be ported to two areas rather than one.
> IMHO, if we have a a dedicated download page we can improve it over
> time.  Having more screen real-estate would allow us to make install
> instructions more prominent and give other helpful information.
> Eventually the thing on the home page will be comparatively less
> helpful.

I agree -- just making the few changes we did recently was, while not 
difficult, took some futzing on the home page DL button to make things 
LOOK a bit nicer. And, I don't like making unnecessary changes ON the 
home page. :/

>> My .02
>> At this stage of this project's existence, I think we need to concentrate
>> on minimizing complexity.
> My life lesson:  Only start a garden as large as you are able care for.

EXACTLY! We definitely need to consider the number, time and skills of 
the gardeners in this case! ;]

so? conclusion?

> -Rob
>>> Aside from a good user experience, my interest is in having clean,
>>> unifiied download logic, to support an overall download policy,
>>> including how we mirror, how we track statistics, how we route and how
>>> we recommend downloads based on request headers.
>>> -Rob
>>>> Marecus
>> --
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> MzK
>> "Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
>>   And life has a funny way of helping you out
>>   Helping you out."
>>                             -- "Ironic", Alanis Morissette


"Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
  And life has a funny way of helping you out
  Helping you out."
                             -- "Ironic", Alanis Morissette

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