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Redesigned my Site

It's still just 1 template. :)

http://www.marktaw.com/

I uploaded the homepage (just the homepage) of the old version here so you can contrast:

http://www.marktaw.net/

I have my own comments, but I'll save them for now.

www.MarkTAW.com
Monday, February 09, 2004

Nice and clean. Much more "come on in and read me". I like the new style better even if the old one was a bit more sophisticated.

Jorgen Brenting
Monday, February 09, 2004

The homepage contains the link to itself (logo)

Benjamin Tschukalov
Monday, February 09, 2004

> The homepage contains the link to itself (logo)

Also under the main nav "Home" link.

www.MarkTAW.com
Monday, February 09, 2004

I really like the new layout. It's really clean and easy to read but very stylish. Nice work! =)

Henrik Jernevad (www.henko.net)
Monday, February 09, 2004

> Also under the main nav "Home" link.

Why ???

Benjamin Tschukalov
Monday, February 09, 2004

It's a great design, and the fact it is one template is truly amazing. I am guessing you have some branches in that template, for example one block for IF the page is named index and one for ELSE. Are you saying RSS and Printable templates are rolled into that one template, too?

Ryan Tate
Monday, February 09, 2004

Well, RSS is a file, and yeah Printable is another template... Sorry to throw you off there.

The index pages are the same template. The listing is contained in the index page {$.body$}.

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

> > Also under the main nav "Home" link.
>
> Why ???

Assuming this is legitimate question:

Why not? I think changing the nav as you move around would be confusing, so even if it is redundant I'm going to put a link back home on the main page.

Have you ever clicked on the Amazon.com link or the Welcome tab on the Amazon.com homepage? They're there for consistency sake.

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I don't really have decided what I think myself, but for the sake of the conversation, here is an explanation on why you shouldn't link to the same page:

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20031110.html

Henrik Jernevad (www.henko.net)
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I like it when the link to the page I'm looking at is deactivated or even better, highlighted in some way. I hate it when the main menus are different on each page.

How do you do that?

tk
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

tk, take a look at the following site. It may have what you're looking for:

http://css.maxdesign.com.au/index.htm

George Illes
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Hmm, that reminds me of:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/CityDesk/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=1959

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

You can't resize the fonts using IE.

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

> You can't resize the fonts using IE.

Good point, I'll fiddle with the CSS.

Okay, here are my comments.

1. No Breadcrumbs.

If I stumble on a page from somewhere else on the net, how do I know what section I'm in, how do I ever know how to find that page again? I may add these.

2. The right nav is somewhat untraditional, but gaining acceptance because of blogs. It's also colored, and since the eye moves from left to right, I think this kind of anchors you to the right side of the page... Not bad because the main navigation is there, but not great either.

3. I'd love to be able to highlight the section you were in, but that would mean maintaining a template per section. In general, I'd love to build a self-aware navigation (I've discussed this here before), but as of now it's not really easy to do.

4. Thrusting you in to the article immediately after the header is a little jarring, we're used to having stuff between the header graphic & the article... usually along the lines of "You Are Here!!!"

5. Is a left-article rather than centered awkward to read? I find it mildly uncomfortable reading something on the far lefthand side of the screen. I'm sure most people would move their browser (assuming they had a high enough resolution), but I still find it annoying to have to do that.

6. The "Main Navigation" doesn't seem to be in any particular order. It's not alphabetical, so you assume it's in order of importance. How hard is it to figure out what the categories mean, or how why I even have categories? I have a tag line on the homepage "Art, Music, Culture, Life." but nowhere else. Aside from the giant bass guitar, how are you supposed to know what kinds of things I talk about?

7. Design only has 3 articles in it, I was thinking of combining it with Technology making Design & Technology.

8. The grayish blue links don't show up well amidst the black text. This may or may not be good. Easy to read from a consistency point of view, from the school of thought that there should be no links in text, and on the other hand, when I do put them in, hard to find.

Lastly, I'm playing with different color schemes, I was thinking of changing them seasonally throughout the year. Do you think coming on a blue version of the site (same look, same graphics, just blue rather than brown) would confuse people too much?

Thanks everyone for your feedback, I'll see what I can do about incorporating some suggestions.

www.MarkTAW.com
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

There is a way to highlight the current page in the menu without extra templates:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/CityDesk/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=7257&ixReplies=4

I did it here:
http://tk-jk.net/GTsoccer/

tk
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Yes, but not all articles are in the navigation. I.e. none of the pages create a sub navigation, and every article falls into a category, except the category pages themselves... well, I guess they're in their own category.

I'd want to highlight the section an article was in, and CityDesk isn't aware of this. I'd have to bone up on my CityScript again if I'm going to figure this out, or maybe it'll be in 3.x.

Something like

if (condition = true) then <b>link</b>
else link

This way if it's in a folder or contains certain keywords, I can make the navigation item for that category bold.

Sorry for the lack of coherence in this post.

www.MarkTAW.com
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

I think it looks great, but, for what it's worth, it doesn't validate:

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=www.marktaw.com

Of course, if you were concerned about validation, you probably would've already checked that.

Kevin
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Regarding w3c validation, check the following:

http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0204b.shtml

George Illes
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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