Saturday, February 18, 2006


Hey everyone, a quick poll:
  1. Does the new layout work in your browser/display size/resolution/OS?
  2. If so or if not, what is your browser/display size/resolution/OS?
  3. Do you like it?


Blogger guiroo said...

Now that you have some content containers restricting the width it is much better.

My only critique would be to get rid of the font that "It is no good asking for a simple religion" is written in and the font for the blockquote. They just don't seem to fit with all the others. Probably hitting the point of "too many fonts casarole."

Keep the blockquote in Georgia like the other text but make it a medium to dark gray.

I'd also make the header images a transparent GIF. I can see the white block as it scrolls over the background image.

I like it.

2:58 PM, February 18, 2006  
Anonymous Hugh said...

I like it! My nit-picky comments:

1. Your text width is a little wide. Readability suffers when your text is wider than about 4.5 inches and around 10-15 words per line.

2. Make the background image fade to a neutral color toward the bottom. The laces collide with the text; that's fine, but the text should stand out more than it does.

3. If you're fishing for opinions, why not move to a real blog platform like Wordpress?

(OK, the "real" part was kidding. The thought wasn't. You get much better features IMO.)

8:13 AM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Hugh said...

Oh yeah, forgot to answer your first two questions:

1. Yes, except that the image tiles at the extreme right-hand side.

2. Firefox
1680x1050 display
1677x990 available display (browser minus toolbars, etc.)
32 bpp
Windows XP SP2

8:32 AM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Hugh said...

Here's the javascript you can run to find your screen info (works in Firefox and IE, AFAIK):

javascript:alert("Width: " + screen.width + "\n" + "Height: " + screen.height + "\n" + "Available Width: " + screen.availWidth + "\n" + "Available Height: " + screen.availHeight);

8:36 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jeffrey J. Stables said...

Thanks for the tips, guys. I already implemented a couple, as you can tell. I will restrict the content column a little more when I get home tonight (or I suppose I could just make the body text a bit larger--but I hate huge text).

I see what you're saying, Hugh--I didn't know that the laces wrapped around at the bottom of the screen until I got to work today (none of my displays at home are large enough to show that much of the image). I'll get right on that, especially since most people won't even notice it at relatively low resolutions.

Thanks for the script, but no way is my web designing prowess (heh) sufficient to make this design dynamic based on resolution. But I know it can be done...

I'm afraid that's all the image I've got, so you'll have to live with tiling...most people won't see it anyway. ;)

Wordpress? I didn't even know you could get them to host your blog for free until I clicked on the link and read about it just now. I always thought it was just an engine and you had to have hosting elsewhere. Hmm...perhaps on a future project?

11:35 AM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Bulldawgy said...

Looks good to me!! Accountants are easy to please.

2:09 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jeffrey J. Stables said...

Tell that to my boss(es).


2:10 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger guiroo said...

As far as the back ground image goes, you could erase the little bits of photo information on the left side of the image so it looks like it fades to white from right to left. Then use css to tell your background image to set in the top right part of the page with no tiling.

background-color: #FFFFFF;
background-image: url(/path to your/image.jpg);
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-position: right top;

12:21 AM, February 21, 2006  

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