[Ecls-list] moderize html doco

Dean O'Connor dean.oconnor at ite.com.au
Tue Jan 10 00:09:04 UTC 2006


This is a suggestion regarding the ECLS html documentation (online 
website manuals and offline CVS doco).

As someone constantly referring to Lisp resource websites I am finding 
many with very plain, difficult to read page design.
Perhaps its because of an old era hangover, no time or trying to keep it 
simple for the masses.
There seems to be some ever increasing momentum to revive Lisp into more 
mainstream design world.
Though some might consider "the look" a trivial matter, image is a good 
half the race.
So I am suggesting perhaps a little sprucing up of your html design to 
give a more modern feel and appeal to all your hard work.

I am not a fully fledged web designer and others may disagree, but if 
you are interested, I'd be happy to help.

I have attached a very small simple style sheet that you can attach (or 
embed) to the below page for example.


I find the easiest way to see new styles is to use Firefox with the Web 
Developer extension.
Simply save the attached style sheet on your hard drive , in Firefox go 
to the above webpage, and on the Web Developer toolbar pulldown "CSS" 
and select "Add User Style Sheet".
Point it to that saved CSS file and presto ... new look !!

My color co-ordination skillz (or colour choice) are probably lacking, 
and I did go the dark high contrast route but something as simple as 
these few CSS statements would modernize it and make it easier to read I 
I have only tested it in Firefox 1.5, so CSS may need tweaking for IE. 
Its not meant to be comprehensive, just a quick demo.

I would think something along these lines (look not so much the actual 
colour) would be good for Common Lisp Extension websites also.
eg. try applying same style sheet (using above method) to 
http://www.delorie.com/gnu/docs/emacs/cl_36.html or 

Well its just a suggestion ;)

If others want to play around with colours, I recommend ColorZilla 
extension for Firefox and also Color Scheme Designer 
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/csdesigner.html (that I just discovered).

-------------- next part --------------
An embedded and charset-unspecified text was scrubbed...
Name: common_lisp3.css.bak
URL: <https://mailman.common-lisp.net/pipermail/ecl-devel/attachments/20060110/9416db62/attachment.ksh>

More information about the ecl-devel mailing list