[sword-devel] New SWORD website - update

Troy A. Griffitts scribe at crosswire.org
Sun Dec 28 05:39:55 MST 2008


Thank you for all of your hard work on this.  I realize you have stated 
that your main goal is to update the usability and content and to make 
the page aesthetics easily changeable with CSS.  These are all great 
goals.  I feel that before we consider using your new work, we should 
have someone with aesthetic skill (NOT ME!) have a go at the CSS and 
look.  The old site wasn't wonderful, but consider only the ease on the 
eyes difference between the two:


A few brief comments about the content.  More later if these don't bring 
about larger changes on the current state:

I feel the project site has lost its identity, subsumed within a corner 
of the CrossWire site.  I think this is because of the large CrossWire 
logo at the top instead of The SWORD Project logo :)

The front page has no current event information.  We've lost the 
immediate exposure of news and top downloads.

The SWORD Engine and Module Library links (probably others) have large 
text at the top which looks hokey and is mispelled.

The SWORD Engine page has top links which don't work.

Peter von Kaehne wrote:
> After hitting an impasse caused by my jsp limits I finally managed to
> get the module list to work in my draft version of the new website for
> Problems left are hopefully minor and will be eliminated before the
> website will become "live". (* known problems listed below)
> You can use it already on www.crosswire.org/sword/newpage
> and the library at www.crosswire.org/sword/newpage/library.jsp
> You can choose (one or all) language(s) and (one or several) module
> type(s).
> I have made a conscious decision not to allow the full range of
> languages for selection, but instead will offer a few and advise seekers
> of other languages to chose the "all languages" option.
> The reasons are as follows:
> If I wanted to offer all languages as a selection scroll down I would
> a) have an enormously long list of languages which are probably largely
> irrelevant for website downloads (our Mexican beta languages).
> b) would need to make the page offer different language selections
> dependent on choice of beta or not. This would require java scripting or
> round trip and two stage chosing which is something i felt was not
> desirable.
> The actual list of languages I offer as "frequently chosen" is just
> thrown together right now, but requires some work - suggestions welcome.
> I would think anything more than 15-20 languages would be wrong.
> I was thinking of creating a multi language selection but decided that
> the trouble I had getting it working like it is meant I am currently not
> able (dt lack of knowledge) to do this in a reasonable time frame. And I
> want that website working.
> yours
> Peter
> ---------------------
> *) List of current problems:
> 1) It displays empty lists when no module is available in a chosen categroy
> 2) Some texts are repititive and need to get put at the right place and
> shown only once
> 3) if a single language is chosen the chosen language should get a h2
> header while the module lists should be h3. At the moment this is reversed.
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