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From Bill Moseley <>
Subject Current site crashes NS4
Date Sun, 28 Apr 2002 00:34:27 GMT
NS4.0 crashes when accessing a number of the files now.  Not all, but a
few.  For example, getwet.html is one.  Style sheet related, I assume.  How
one debugs that I don't know!

I've also attached what the quotation looks like in NS4.0 on Windows.  That
might be a tiny bit over emphasized...

Back to the link colors:

- The hover color of #666666 seems wrong, as it fades away when hovering.  
- The long TOC lists look funny underlined.  Too busy with underline after

I know about the usability studies and that people expect default behavior.
 But, this is mod_perl, sophisticated users that can deal with a little
variation.  So I think our link style can vary a bit, yet still be basic.

My suggestion is to make all links (in the content section):

a:link    { text-decoration: none; }
a:visited { text-decoration: none; }
a:active  { text-decoration: underline; }
a:hover   { text-decoration: underline; }

So, basically, let people keep their normal link colors, but get rid of the
default underline for links, mostly because of the table of contents, but
just to cut down on the "noise" on the page.  And do that for all links, to
make it consistent.  Simple is better.  The blue (or what their link color
is) will be obvious to the user without the underline.

The sidebar links (main TOC, etc.), src|pdf, and "hidden" H* links are
fine; this just applies to the content area.

One change might be the "visited" link color, but since the site is
basically gray, we don't need to worry about clashing colors much.

Speaking of gray, do we have the mod_perl logo available in another format
beside just the image?  I still want to set up a preview of colorizing the
"mod" in the logo.  I think it would be good for us to see a mock up with
that change.

Stas, I'm busy until about noon my time on Monday (about your bed time!),
so I won't be able to get to the style sheet changes you requested until
then, most likely.

As normal, you can preview at

Here's the only change to the current style sheet.

Index: style.css
RCS file: /home/cvs/modperl-docs/src/style.css,v
retrieving revision 1.61
diff -u -r1.61 style.css
--- style.css   27 Apr 2002 05:28:43 -0000      1.61
+++ style.css   28 Apr 2002 00:07:27 -0000
@@ -51,13 +51,11 @@
 /*** links ***/
-a:link    { color: #0000ff;}
-a:visited { color: #993333;}
-a:active  { color: #666666;}
-a:hover   { 
-    color: #666666;
-    text-decoration: underline; /* needed for opera */
+a:link    { text-decoration: none; }
+a:visited { text-decoration: none; }
+a:active  { text-decoration: underline; }
+a:hover   { text-decoration: underline; }
 /* hidden links */
 h1 a:link,    h2 a:link,    h3 a:link,    h4 a:link, 

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