September 02, 2003


Some of us were talking a while ago about rearranging the homepage so less scrolling is required. This inevitably leads to scrunchiness, and Reb had a go at making my somewhat illegible version more workable. Even though this is not a democracy ;-) I thought I'd run her take on it past you guys and garner opinions. (It's currently flat HTML, which is why it's got old entries.)

Thoughts from our viewing public would also be welcome. :-)

Posted by iona at September 2, 2003 09:30 PM

I don't like the dotted lines - too many of them, it makes my eyes feel funny. Otherwise... it's definitely more practical. I don't know that it's more aesthetically pleasing, but Iím an ex-design student so ignore me. I follow a form over function policy - yes it works perfectly, but is it pretty?

One other minor point... I think it would be easier to read if the stonesoup logo was in the centre and the left and right columns started at the same height. The way it is at the moment, itís hard to work out whatís going on. I know it would push one more blog below the screen cutoff, but it would make more sense I think.

I probably have more to say but it's late and I can't remember...

yay for both of you for doing it though!

Posted by: Fi at September 2, 2003 11:41 PM

As part of your viewing public, gotta say....I like it! Really like the lack of need to scroll - 'tho I'm with Fi on not liking the dotted lines so much. Nice being able to see all the new entries at a glance.

Posted by: Kris at September 3, 2003 08:33 AM

I still think we could get away with 30 word previews - that would make each blog one line smaller in the display...

Posted by: Kitties R Tasty at September 3, 2003 09:38 AM

I like in preference - though I agree that the dotted lines are not helpful.

I was wondering if tmc should be in a section by iteself? Or if the division between it and the rest of the blogs should be more noticable. At the moment it is enough to upset the pattern of the page - but not enough to distinguish it properly.

Otherwise is pretty. Good work!

Posted by: .carla at September 3, 2003 10:14 AM

They're the standard MT previews and would be very tricky to change. I think. We'll all just have to use shorter words. ;)

I think it's important to keep 2MC with the rest so that we remember to check it.

Could implement it without the lines (in that case it would be more like my version (which I've been using for the last few weeks anyway :) .)

Posted by: iona at September 3, 2003 10:46 AM

I vote for the one without the lines too, its sortof cleaner looking, and there are hell of a lot of characters already without adding wee dot things.

Posted by: toni at September 3, 2003 11:14 AM

In Reb's version I have to scroll as much as on the current homepage. Am I missing something?

Posted by: jan at September 4, 2003 03:15 AM

Really? In the current one I can see Too Many Cooks and the top of Chinashop. In Reb's version I can see 7 and a half blogs, even with my crappy smallish monitor etc.

Posted by: Fi at September 4, 2003 07:44 AM

As you can see, I've put up the squashed-but-all-on-one-screen version in the meantime. Is that okay with everyone? It needs some tweaking, I think.

Oh okay, I admit it, I'm just fiddling with the site as work avoidance. *slaps own wrist* Stopping now.

Posted by: iona at September 4, 2003 10:07 AM

Jan, try Reb's again now. Still having to scroll?

Posted by: iona at September 4, 2003 10:15 AM

Some of these can be handy for checking layouts - I've tried the ones for different screen sizes, & HTTP, haven't used the others:

(right click on the link & add to favourites)

Posted by: bec at September 4, 2003 11:08 AM

Maybe Too Many Cooks could be seperated from the other blogs by a line... dotted or otherwise.

Posted by: Fi at September 4, 2003 03:07 PM

And... "want a stonesoup blog" looks like it's part of History Has Expired.

God I'm fussy. It's because I'm having A Very Stressful Week.

Posted by: Fi at September 4, 2003 03:08 PM

A bit late but yeah it's completely different now.
Thanks for all the work.
Oh and the guide is brilliant. Easy to follow with good topics for illiterates like me.

Posted by: jan at September 5, 2003 02:04 AM