[IAEP] Design ideas for a.sl.o and sugarlabs
joshcwilliams at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 11:07:48 EST 2009
I hadn't thought about using ImageMagick, that's a great idea. Shadowbox
is also something that would work well if we want to take this route,
I've used lightbox in the past which is similar and definitely easy to
use. However, Shadowbox seems to be a bit more portable, and we already
are using jQuery on a.sl.o, so it wouldn't slow things down anymore than
they are already.
Eben Eliason wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 2:22 AM, ,Josh williams <joshcwilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for the kind words. That's a good idea for providing a screen
>> shot, that's what they do at addons.mozilla.org . It might be somewhat
> Yes, I think screenshots will be an important visual element on the
> "detail" pages for each activity.
>> difficult however to implement an enlargeable thumbnail because the
>> developers would have to create two images, and I would probably have to
> Not necessarily. You could probably hook up a simple ImageMagick
> script which took a full size screenshot in the submission form and
> created a separate thumbnail from it. There might even be code around
> to make this happen; I know some CMSs (Expression Engine, for
> instance) support this already.
>> a.sl.o code. I haven't looked at the code yet, so I don't know what the
> It might actually be a remarkably easy addition, if it's desired.
> Take a look at Shadowbox (http://mjijackson.com/shadowbox/index.html).
> In my opinion, this is the best solution out there, as it's 100%
> standards compliant, supports all media types, is extremely easy to
> skin/customize, works in all browsers, and basically works "out of the
> box" with the addition of a small rel= to a link.
> This technique can also be used to create a gallery, such that the
> page itself can be kept simple (just one primary image), but link to a
> series of screenshots in the shadowbox.
>> developers are looking at when they're uploading an activity or what
>> would be involved for me, but it's a good idea.
> Good thoughts so far! I'll have more comments later.
> - Eben
>> Carol Farlow Lerche wrote:
>>> I think a simple design such as Josh's is ideal to use for all kid
>>> facing pages. The school server could benefit from a similar theme.
>>> Personally, while I think someone talented (as Josh obviously is)
>>> could make a related theme for adults and kids, it is much more
>>> important to have a less text-intensive, more kid-friendly face for
>>> the target audience, which is kids. One comment on the design
>>> itself...perhaps have a thumbnail screenshot of the activity visible
>>> for enlargement if available? We could encourage authors to supply
>>> one when the activity is submitted.
>>> Things are kind of confusing right now
>>> > with the different styles of wiki, trac, addons, schools,
>>> gitorious, api,
>>> > buildbot, etc. planet is the lone exception, it seems to follow
>>> > wiki.sugarlabs.org <http://wiki.sugarlabs.org> nicely :)
>>> > It would be great if the Design Team could comment on this decision.
>>> > Here are a couple other web infrastructure ideas:
>>> > + Improve theming consistency among various SL.o sites.
>>> > + Single sign on cookie among all SL.o sites - perhaps OpenID based.
>>> > + Standard nav header atop all SL.o sites rather than the
>>> various nav
>>> > headers in different places, with different links.
>>> The various gnome sites such as build.gnome.org
>>> <http://build.gnome.org> and www.gnome.org <http://www.gnome.org> are
>>> very nice examples of common theming tying sites together. Some thing
>>> similar for SL would be great.
>>> > + Better splash page for Gitorious, looking more like GitWeb - a
>>> page with a
>>> > small search box at the top and the rest being a list of
>>> projects, sorted by
>>> > recent activity, showing owner and last commit details
>>> > Best regards,
>>> > Wade
>>> > On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM, ,Josh williams
>>> <joshcwilliams at gmail.com <mailto:joshcwilliams at gmail.com>>
>>> > wrote:
>>> >> Hi, I'm working on the design of sugar labs add-ons with Mick
>>> >> I've created a mock up at
>>> >> but I've haven't been able to contact anyone on the design team
>>> as of
>>> >> yet. I would also like to volunteer some of my time for other
>>> skills, but
>>> >> I also know some PHP/MySQL and have a background in Linux. I
>>> also enjoy
>>> >> creating icons, so if there are any activities developers that need
>>> >> icons please contact me. My portfolio is over at
>>> http://tucsonlabs.com .
>>> >> If you're a member of the design team or have some use for my
>>> >> please let me know.
>>> >> Thanks
>>> >> Josh
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