[racket-dev] Revising Racket's home page

From: Sam Tobin-Hochstadt (samth at cs.indiana.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 19 18:46:43 EDT 2013

On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM, Stephen Chang <stchang at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> 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

Right, these are TODO.

> - only 2 examples? :) how come some got cut?

The example formatting is all manual, so I just did enough to demo all
the workings.

> - web scraper example is cut off when clicking "?" Maybe make the
> overlay window variable width?

I'm not sure what you mean.  Can you include a screenshot?

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

I'll check this out.

Thanks for the feedback!


> 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
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