[racket-dev] Revising Racket's home page

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 20 11:03:55 EDT 2013

On Aug 19, 2013, at 5:39 PM, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt <samth at cs.indiana.edu> wrote:

> 3. It puts more info on the first page.  

To my surprise, I like it. 

> 4. The font size is larger, which I think makes it much more readable.

Speaking as an old person who has arrived in the age of reading glasses (I think) I am again surprised to say that I intensely dislike 

 (1) the large font for the text 
 (2) the lack of white space around the perimeter 
Smaller font, more white space would be great. 

> 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.

All in all, I really like the idea of renovating our home page. What I would like to see is that we get 

 * a distinct home page 
 * one that brings across that Racket is full spectrum 
	technically -- you can gradually migrate from untyped to typed, from modules to components, ...
	educationally -- you can grow into Racket starting with Bootstrap, which I can't find 
   	socially -- you can join a variety of mailing lists, irc channels, twitter streams, etc. 
			and that there are many kinds of Racket communities (edu, research, com, open source, secret cabals) 
	and more

Yes, I think that it is absolutely totally worthwhile and I am excited that it is happening. 
Yes, I think it will take a serious amount of work and that we're not there yet. 

And I want to thank you and Asumu and everyone who has already sent in comments on this effort. 

-- Matthias


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