Ok, here's the plan...
February 14, 2003 10:51 AM
Like I mentioned in my comments to the last post, I'm going to scrap the current design and introduce something better
. Here's the plan...
- The CSS will be simplified and more uniform.
- I'm going to use em instead of px for font sizes and see what happens.
- The site will be fully viewable in a window smaller than 800px wide.
- Netscape 4.x will not be supported in any way. I won't even test with it. IE5/mac is another browser that I'm considering dumping support for. Over night IE5/mac and Safari switched positions for browser market share on this site (the night that Safari was first released).
- Custom icons will stay, and I'll make a tool for using your own icon and saving that to a cookie (saving the url to the icon that is). I'll document how I'm doing that (I've already received emails asking me for the system) and post it to the site.
- Even though I'm not getting very many, Ping Posts will remain and be positioned in a prominent location. They will not be contained by an iframe anymore (which was a dumb idea).
- The over all page layout will be similar to what you see now, but will be cleaner brighter, and use some more negative space. I'm packin' 10 pounds of shit into a 5 lb bag right now, and I don't need to be doing that.
- I'll be using less div positioning because it's still not consistent across the browser landscape.
- I need to update my 'Elsewhere' links to include the sites of all the regular posters (I'm a slacker, I admit it).
The risk of doing another redesign is that I can't keep changing the UI and confuse visitors, but I can't leave it in its current state. The next rev has to be solid and able to stand the test of time (ie, more than a week, hehehe) for the sake of consistency. the good thing is that all of the complicated comment icon code is done, and I can simply migrate to the new UI templates.
The weather reports for this weekend are pretty ugly so far, so I think I'll have some time to hack this out on Sunday. After that, I hope to get back to some high quality posts. Quinn, thanks for the words of reason and encouragement. My mind is made up.