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Re: [gNewSense-users] I want to help improve the website

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] I want to help improve the website
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:42:02 +1030

On Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:33:14 +0100
address@hidden wrote:

> Hi Luis,

Hi both,
(I've moved pitof's post to the bottom).

> Quoting Luis Felipe Lopez Acevedo <address@hidden>:
> > Hello all,

FWIW, I'd say the -dev list would be a better place to discuss this,
but I'll leave it here for the moment.

> >
> > A few days ago I started to study how Pmwiki works because I'd like
> > to propose a change in structure and look for gNewSense website.

At the moment Graziano is looking into more changes for the website.
I'll let him post about them when hes ready though.

> >
> > Following is an example of how I'd like the website to be:
> >
> >
> >
> > It is in Spanish right now but here's the translation of the main
> > navigation bar:
> >
> > Home | Documentation | Support | Development | News | Philosophy
> >

<trim preferred layout>

> >
> > In my humble opinion, this change would separate more clearly the
> > information for users from the information for developers and
> > would make it easier to navigate through the website.
> >
> > The look of the website should use the colors of the current theme
> > of the operating system.

This has been mentioned before, and Graz and I have discussed it

> >
> > Another thing I think is important is that the pages should follow
> > the W3C recommendations for markup (XHTML) and style (CSS).
> > Currently, some of (or all?)
> > the pages of the website don't validate:
> >
> ><>
> >
> > I'd like to hear What you think about my proposal.

I see no good reason for us to try and make pmwiki produce valid

If we were to write our own website, then yes, There would be a call
for it to be valid ([x]html, css and accessible.)

> >
> > Finally, I'm not asking you to make the change; I want to help as
> > much as I can.
> >
> > Best regards and thanks in advance,

joining the #gnewsense-dev irc channel and chatting with me and Graz.
would be a good place to start - when theres only a few people
minimising duplication is the key.

> >
> First, i'd like to thank you for the great themes, wallpapers and  
> icons you made and which anyone can see at  


> For what you propose, i agree that the side bar should directly
> point to categories as you wrote, plus:
> - a "contribute" section which would concern artwork, translations,  
> doc writing and programming,
> - a "download" link to isos and torrents,
> - and links to other languages (as it is now).

Perhaps when Graz emails he'll include links to his 'playground'

> I think this would be clearer for newcomers than what it is now.
> Moreover, as you pointed out, i agree the website theme should
> reflect the one in gNewSense system. As i said above, i like what
> you've done and think it would be great to update the gNS skin your
> way.
> For the W3C thing, i think it's linked to PmWiki, i would be great
> to have a valid page, but the theme and sidebar changes seem more  
> important to me.
> Christophe (pitof)

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian user / gNewSense contributor
No, I won't join your social networking group

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