[racket-dev] Revising Racket's home page

From: Sam Tobin-Hochstadt (samth at cs.indiana.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 19 18:26:23 EDT 2013

On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM, Matthew Flatt <mflatt at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
> Fantastic!
> The non-code font shows up rasterized on my phone (iPhone 4s running
> iOS 5.1.1), while the code font looks fine. Both fonts look right on my
> mini-tablet (Nexus 7).

That's very odd. Both fonts are loaded from Google fonts, so they
should either both work or not.

What do you see here:

> At Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:39:54 -0400, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt wrote:
>> Recently I (with assistance from Asumu) have spent some time drafting
>> a revised home page for Racket. A revised web page will nicely
>> complement the big upcoming release, I hope.  You can see the draft
>> here, which is ready for people to try out:
>>   http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/samth/new-web/
>> Some things to try out out: clicking the right and left arrows,
>> clicking the "?" box, visiting the RacketCon page.
>> The new page addresses a few problems that I see with our current page:
>> 1. It works well on small devices, which our current page doesn't.
>> Try it out on a phone or a tablet.
>> 2. It reduces the size of the top header, which will lighten the
>> burden on the documentation pages, for example, or the pkg index if we
>> add the header there.
>> 3. It puts more info on the first page.  This means that people are
>> more likely to see information about how to contribute to Racket or
>> approaches to learning programming using our tools.
>> 4. The font size is larger, which I think makes it much more readable.
>> Perhaps more controversially, I adapted some prose about Racket from
>> Matthias' "Racket is ..." post, and added a tag line at the top.
>> Lots of work is still needed if we want to use this as the basis for
>> Racket's web page (it's written in raw HTML, other pages would need
>> work, etc), but I hope that people like it enough to continue pursuing
>> this.
>> Sam
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