About www.squeak.org web page
vanjulio at email.com
Wed Jun 11 21:44:39 UTC 2003
I have been thinking about the squeak.org webpage. I wanted to try and get some of my ideas out immediately - so that they may have some chance to influence the design of the final product. I put together a very primitive prototype intro page that you can see here:
Basically there are 2 uses for the page:
a) grabbing visitors' attention to show off the nifty parts of Squeak
b) provide seperate navigation between experienced users and first-timers
Option a) is the most interesting. You can see the 5 categories I made up from the SqueakMap and from the previous organization of squeak.org. But also there is the button for those "new to squeak". The way I see it, this button should lead to a page that gives a broad survey of the resources available on Squeak - or the Squeak strongholds that are found on the web (Squeakland.org, Bob's super swiki, the coweb swiki, etc). Also perhaps this option will provide a standard Squeak release (not the stripped down barebones version - but the heavy one with all the extra packages included - like eToys especially).
Option b) is not so interesting. It would provide the basic things like the download resources and documentation - licensing info - basically people who already have an idea of what Squeak is will want the information contained here.
Actually this enumeration is incorrect, because there are really 7 options - but I'm lumping 6 of the 7 into 1 (the 5 categories and the "new to squeak" button are all meant to be for the learner and not the developer).
The basic idea is to have a cool page that is attractive and shows off Squeak - and provides easy access to the actual descriptions of the categories and the various pieces that fall under them. I am mostly trying to go to the other extreme of the dilapidated intro page that is currently in place.
I don't know how helpful this is - but I thought I would give it a shot. I pretty much have no web development experience so I don't plan to put the whole thing together. Maybe these ideas can be beneficial for the formulation of the new layout however.
Let me know if I am unclear on something and hopefully I can make sense out of it so my input will be helpful.
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