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Re: New Site Betatest

On 11-Apr-2000 Bert Peers wrote:
> A few *really* minor things :)
> - If you type the wrong pwd in the login box, you
> go to a separate page.  It has a "?>" pending.
> - I expected to be taken to some page with the current
> vote standings after hitting the Vote button.. but I got
> back to the main page.  Where are the results ? :)
> - I use Netscape 4.7 and also ran into the problem that
> the back button gives Missing Data : cache expired.
> However if you click all the way back to the main page,
> it remembers that you're logged in, which is cool.
>>>thing, we can go ahead and try it, and if it works wrap it
>>>up in a "how to" page for other authors ?..
>> I already modified Paul's submission guide 
>> (site TOC/Information/Submissions) to reflect the most important 
>> things. Can you have a look at it and tell us if there's still 
>> something unclear?
> Well, it's clear on the technical side, but I meant more
> something of a style guide.  For instance, your suggestion
> on what font to use is perfect.  I think it's really best if
> a short list of colors to use, the font, and misc
> other stuff (like the "div align right, href to Top of page"
> thing for longer articles) was listed on the submissions
> page.  It can serve two purposes; one, people who want to
> submit should take a look at it and format their stuff
> similarly; two, it's a quick check for maintainers who
> get the submissions to verify that the submission is indeed
> more or less following the guidelines.
>   I mean, as it currently stands anything can be submitted,
> which will break the uniform look of the site (if every
> article has a different style).  The maintainers can't really
> convert every article themselves, and if you expect the
> authors to do it, it may help if they don't have to view
> the (complex) page source of a random LGDC page to
> "reverse engineer" the colors, font, fontsize, etc..
> whine, whine .. :)
> Bert
> -- 
> -=<Short Controlled Bursts>=-

I think if the color schemes will be user configurable, then the article
writers should NOT have control over font types and colors and such. The
"printable" format will probably be black on white, but I may like a darker
background with a lighter foreground, so the article writers color tags are
invisible or unreadable... I propose a very minimal set of html or special tags
be available. Example code, for example, could be put between <CODE> and
</CODE> and the php file could generate the appropriate font tags based on the
users preferences. Code highlighting would probably be a tricky and
timeconsuming thing to implement, but simple color schemes should be completely
user configurable and article content should not conflict... Expecting writers
to conform to a specific set of guidelines on their own might be unreasonable,
but providing a strong environment for them to use would make things easy, and
leave the system in enough control to facilitate more configurability. :) 

        -Erik <erik@smluc.org> [http://math.smsu.edu/~br0ke]

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