[Users] website design

Bart van den Eijnden (OSGIS) bartvde at osgis.nl
Wed Apr 15 20:07:32 CEST 2009

Hey Tim,

I am in favour of this approach and the design looks really nice.

Best regards,

Tim Schaub wrote:
> Hey-
> I was hoping to get some feedback from the community about design ideas 
> for the GeoExt website.  We have some design time for this at OpenGeo 
> and would like to do some spiffing up of the site to the extent that the 
> proposal is met with approval.
> We're hoping to kick out an initial release in the upcoming weeks.  This 
> will be a pre-stable API release, but it will give folks a chance to try 
> out what we've got.
> It would be great if the site, docs, and examples were welcoming and 
> usable before that release.
> So, I'd like to propose a change in the website on two fronts: framework 
> and design.
> First, Instead of having the whole http://geoext.org site managed by 
> trac, I'd like to have two parts to the website - one managed by trac 
> (/dev perhaps) and the rest by something else.  I'd propose we manage 
> the rest of the website content in svn, written in rst, and built with 
> Sphinx.  The part managed by trac would just be the "development" 
> section of the site - roadmap, tickets, etc. (with very little emphasis 
> on the wiki).
> Second, we'd like to have a nice visual design that integrates the 
> website.  Phil Ashlock (TOPP designer) has put together the mockup below 
> to show what the trac portion of the website could look like:
> http://img.skitch.com/20090409-jksimuqt2axkrciw386bx2n3f4.png
> Menu items would change depending on context.  The http://geoext.org 
> part of the site would not feature links to tickets, timeline, etc - 
> just to development (similar to http://jquery.com/ and 
> http://dev.jquery.com/).
> So, are people generally in favor of this?  If so, we can spend some 
> more time on the design and will collect more comments along the way.
> Thanks for feedback,
> Tim

Bart van den Eijnden
OSGIS, Open Source GIS
bartvde at osgis.nl

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