[ardour-dev] Re: New Jack website - any volunteers?

Johan Svensson joh.svensson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 06:04:40 PDT 2005


(This message was originally sent to wrong address. Sorry!)

My first impression when I looked at the page was that it is a very
nice looking one with nice colors and easy to navigate. I like the
orange links! The only thing about the layout I want to complain about
is the font size, which is too small in my opinion. Many web sites are
using too small fonts, so it's easy to follow that line, but it's cool
to break it!

However, the look is not everything. Behind the look is html, and in
my opinion (as a web designer), one should follow the rules and
recommendations of w3c. The mayor issue with your html is that you're
using tables for layout. Tables are evil! One should separate the
contents and the layout as much as possible, using clean and
table-less structure, and leave all layout issues to the style sheets.
This approach has several opportuneties. First, the css file can be
cached at the user agent, which lead to less bandwidth used. Second,
users of odd devices (pda's, cell phones or printers) will see the
page more correct with style sheets than tables. Third, it's much
easier to change the layout if it's separated from the structure. In
fact, you can do a complete re-design just by swicthing the css file.

Another thing. The sizes of some elements are given in pixels (font
size for example). It's better to give in in a propotional meassure
(like em or mm), so those odd devices can see the page with the same
meassures as you do on your 19" CRT desktop display using 1280*1024

I don't know how much control you have of the layout with your CMS,
but anyway, this is just my oppinions. You are free to do something
about it if you like to.

Keep up the good work!


On 8/2/05, Joe Button <ardour at joebutton.co.uk> wrote:
> In honour of the new Jack release we are working on a shiny new website,
> with a Content Management System that will hopefully make it easier to keep
> it updated. The site, as far as it goes, is here:
> http://www.jackaudio.org/index.php. Constructive criticism is welcome,
> particularly suggestions as to what colour the links (currently orange)
> should be.
> Would anyone like to help get the content sorted out a bit? The Content
> Management System means HTML knowledge isn't required.
> The content's largely pasted from the old site (http://jackit.sf.net). Parts
> of it need updating, eg. the Documentation section and the FAQ. Various
> links seem to be out of date, eg on the Applications page. Even if you're
> not a Jack guru it would be great if someone could sort out the broken
> links.
> If you're up for it then register on the new site and I'll give you editing
> privileges.
> Cheers,
> Joe
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