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[steering-discuss] Re: [libreoffice-website] Website status


Hi Klaus, Bernhard, Florian, all, :-)

On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 05:38, Bernhard Dippold
<bernhard@familie-dippold.at> wrote:
So Florian can't bring up the website *now* - that's a great pity
(especially with regards to the immense work David put into the site during
the last week), but we can't do anything against it.

Florian's day is not longer than 24h - and his life doesn't consist of
LibreOffice alone.

Yes, I understand this. I hope very much he *will* manage it but, if
really he can't, I will dissipate my great disappointment and think
laterally.

PS: I understand Klaus-J├╝rgen's comment as possibility to use the time until
the launch - not as an attempt to delay it.

Yes, well if ever Florian can't launch the site then we should think
positively and use the intervening time usefully. Xmas list.

PPS: I still believe, that the visible part of the main page should not
contain more than a few lines of text, a download button (can lead to the
download page) and links to the most interesting areas. Twitter and blog in
the "scrolling area" are ok, but I think a "news" area is more important
than those tow.

I will put at least a download button above the home page text, but
did not get around to it yet. You will notice that I *have* been
listening to people's comments, and complying with most of them.

The problem is that the current theme is very narrow, and limits what
you can place on the page quite a lot. That applies to the top menu
bar, the side menu and the actual content area.

IMHO, I would scrap the current theme and make a new one. I've never
done a SilverStripe theme before, but once you've hacked themes for a
couple of CMS's, you can hack them for another. I bet it would only
take me a few days. If one of you SilverSite CSS/theming gurus helped
out, I bet we could do it even quicker...

I would propose a theme based on the theme at
libreofficeaustralia.org. Take a look at screenshots [1] and [2]. The
design perfectly fits the current marketing color scheme and graphic
charter. It's simple but very Web 2.0. It's based on the Fusion theme
for Drupal. It gives a lot more space and scope for nicely laying out
the content, with lots of nice big screenshots, etc.

Florian, Christian, if you gave me access to SSH/FTP into
http://pumbaa.ooodev.org:7780/ then I could set a new theme up there
and work on it. Then Christian could install it on the
test.libreoffice.org/libreoffice.org site when it was ready.

What do you think, guys?

a) We'd get a lot more flexibility with the content.
b) If ever there is a changeover to a Drupal site, there will be no
visual break... the roll-over could be almost invisible.

PPPS: The graphic on the main page links to http:///download/ (not a
relative link...)

I know. I had to hack the HTML/CSS to make the shuffler look OK. I'm
waiting for Christian to deal with the fix I already requested. So
it's a temporary thing.

[1] http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/cgi_img_auth.php/6/65/Liboaustralia-screenshot1.png
[2] http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/cgi_img_auth.php/1/14/Liboaustralia-screenshot2.png

David Nelson

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