[racket-dev] Revising Racket's home page

From: Stephen Chang (stchang at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 19 18:43:54 EDT 2013

Some quick observations.

on Chromium Version 23.0.1271.97 Ubuntu 12.04 (23.0.1271.97-0ubuntu0.12.04.1):

- broken links: download, research
- only 2 examples? :) how come some got cut?
- web scraper example is cut off when clicking "?" Maybe make the
overlay window variable width?

on mobile (android 4.1.2, default browser):
- topright menu has very dark background when opened, so links are not
very visible

On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt
<samth at cs.indiana.edu> 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
> _________________________
>   Racket Developers list:
>   http://lists.racket-lang.org/dev

Posted on the dev mailing list.