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Tuesday September 11th, 2001

Gervase Markham posted an update on the effort to clean up the mozilla.org website. They will be moving to a Zope based system, and have a test site up and running. One of the features of Zope is the ability to skin the entire site. mozilla.org is looking for folks to help create both the default skins and a set of alternate skins. Click the full article link to find out more about this effort, and how you can participate.


#37 Re: Re: Re: Re: The current site is fine

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Thursday September 13th, 2001 12:58 AM

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I'm not asking for anything. I think that was Gerv :) I hope that people will put some time and energy into making docs better. Some of this can only be done by people familiar with the code. Some can be done by others. We need this and I applaud Gerv for his efforts to get some movement on that front.

As far as skinning the site goes, a site needs a style sheet. The Zope CMF has functionality for switching between a few styles (and coincidentally Mozilla has UI for switching style sheets and I think this could be done at the current site with some minor changes). I think that a few different user selectable site styles would be a good thing. I like a very clean and printable style and I think other developers and testers do too. I also realize that if we're going to attract new developers and specifically new companies that pay developers that it would probably help to have a pretty slick site that the corporate types can feel comfortable reading (possibly the default style). I might also like to see a style that shows off some of mozilla's amazing css support and that wouldn't necessarily degrade well in other/older browsers. So users of 4.x browsers shouldn't have to suffer and won't if they can pick a style that works well in that browser. There are lots of great reasons for using different styles for the site, some practical and some purely esthetic. If it was just esthetics I wouldn't object but I might not encourage folks to help out. It's more than that though. It's the reasons I listed above plus one other I forgot to mention. Our site is so 'tired' and 'late 90s' looking. I think that a skin that gave me the choice between the look i see at the current site <http://www.mozilla.org/> (or something a little fresher but equally 'hacker' targeted) and msdn <http://msdn.microsoft.com/default.asp> would be a great thing.

--Asa