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Re: Website revamp?

From: TEC
Subject: Re: Website revamp?
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:27:51 +0800
User-agent: mu4e 1.4.10; emacs 26.3

Good to hear from you!

Eric S Fraga <e.fraga@ucl.ac.uk> writes:
I do like the animated images in the features page!

Glad you like them! I recently converted the static images to SVGs with the help of someone using Emacs27 w/ Cairo, would be nice go do something like an animated SVG in the future, but that's for (much) later :P

I do wonder about the order of the topics within that page, e.g. working with source code, although powerful, is probably not the lead item for new users. However, that's a minor point at this stage.

Thanks for this feedback. I prioritised the source code blocks because: a) my impression is that to Comp/Data Sci people, they are one of /the/ most compelling features of Org-mode b) they're similar to elements people are familiar with (Jupyter notebooks, R markdown), so the Comp/Data Sci segment of our audience is already roughy familiar with part of their capabilities
I shifted the agenda/capture/clocking/etc. features down because
a) they semantically seem like they should go together b) having them near the top pushes down too many other features too much, IMO

Absolutely worth considering the order, please share any further thoughts you may have :)

More generally, can the column width for the text be a function of the window width and have images scaled so that they are not wider than the text column? It should be possible to have mobile friendly without making the columns too narrow for full desktop use. The fact that the images are much wider than the text makes the page look ugly, in my opinion.

The column width already is. I just find long lines undesirable. 50-80 characters is the standard in publishing for a reason.

To quote from /The Elements of Typographic Style/,
Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory line length of line for a single-column page set in a serifed text face in a text size. The 66-character line (counting both letters and spaces) is widely regarded as ideal. For multiple-column work, a better average is 40 to 50 characters. If the type is well set and printed, lines of 85 or 90 characters will pose no problem in discontinuous texts, such as bibliographies, or, with generous leading, in footnotes. But even with generous leading, a line that averages more than 75 or So characters is likely to be too long for continuous reading.

There's more to be said about line spacing and the reasons for this - if I recall correctly /A practical guide to typography/ (available online) goes over this.

I look forward to hearing any further comments you may have!


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