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May 02, 2004

New layout

Regular readers will notice a radically new look to the Creek Running North pages. This results from my need to learn about Cascading Style Sheets and structure-based page markup and buzzword-based jargon leveraging as part of a revamp of Faultline's overall site. Let me know how it works on your machine, if you wish: leaving comments will work fine.

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Looks good, Chris. You may want to pull the bottom border of the "stream with dog" logo up one or two points... there is a white space between the lower portion of the photo and the black line border.

If I might add, it might be nice to sharpen the photo a bit... I couldn't tell that I was looking at a dog until after I squinted at the photo a few times.

I'm going to miss the frog, though. He had such a nice smile!

Posted by: butuki at May 2, 2004 09:18 PM
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Thanks, Miguel. I've nuked the border for now until I can figure out a cross-browser solution (for those with cross browsers, of course!)

Unfortunately, I can't sharpen the photo any more than it is already without getting artifacts elsewhere. I'll just have to go out and shoot some more.

Zeke sure enjoyed the swin this morning though.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 2, 2004 09:28 PM
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Oh, and this comments page will be changing in the next day or two.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 2, 2004 09:29 PM
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For those of us poor so-and-sos with a phone line, the photo took a little time to load; in fact I thought you had foregone imagery altogether for a while there. I like the overall look, though.

Posted by: Pica at May 3, 2004 07:43 AM
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Looks good to me. I'm with butuki -- I miss the frog -- but Zeke is a fine addition!

Posted by: Rana at May 3, 2004 08:58 AM
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Nice look! It's fine on the computer at work... at home I'm on dial-up and have a smaller monitor, so it'll be interesting to see how it changes.

The comments page can use some work though, a fact of which you're no doubt aware given your comment above.

Posted by: The Bone at May 3, 2004 10:03 AM
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Looks like you've played with it since I looked at home this morning, but it looks GREAT on Safari here at work and also on Firefox.

Posted by: Pica at May 3, 2004 10:42 AM
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Now it looks more like other blogs, though being mostly text-oriented i can't say as it bothers me terribly much. What I dug was the phrase "buzzword-based jargon leveraging" - great!

Posted by: Dave at May 3, 2004 05:30 PM
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No technical problems with it here, although the picture loads quite a while after the text, and the text totally rearranges then into the narrow columns I think you intended. I'm with Dave - it doesn't yet have a really individual look like the previous design, but I'm sure you'll get there. Great to see Zeke starring, as he should be!

Posted by: beth at May 3, 2004 07:20 PM
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I was wondering as I looked at your site again this morning, if you might not just put the border around the photo in FireWorks and bring the finished image in that way, without worrying about trying to code the border. Might that make things easier cross-browser-CSS-thingamajiggie-wise?

Posted by: butuki at May 4, 2004 04:27 PM
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I was wondering as I looked at your site again this morning, if you might not just put the border around the photo in FireWorks and bring the finished image in that way, without worrying about trying to code the border. Might that make things easier cross-browser-CSS-thingamajiggie-wise?

Oh, probably... but I don't feel the graphic needs a border: I was just experimenting with border definitions in CSS.

Plus, if you go to Faultline's draft front page (scheduled for launch May 15) you'll see that I have a photo rotation thing in mind, and it would be kind of a bear to put a border on each photo in image-editing software. (Hit refresh a few times to see what I'm tallking about.)

Many thanks for the kind comments and constructive suggestions. I've knocked the Zeke photo back to 10K from 20k: wouldn''t want Pica to have to wait. And Beth and Dave, the loss of the old site's character is a feature, not a bug, as far as I'm concerned. This version is far closer to ADA compliance, can be read easily on a PDA, and is about 1/4 the overall file size. No tables! The last layout was something threw together, and it began to bug me more and more as the months passed.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 4, 2004 04:49 PM
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FYI: The "recent articles" sidebar looks fine on the main page, but is fux0red on archive pages... only about half the column appears. For what it's worth, I'm using IE and have a small, crappy monitor.

Posted by: The Bone at May 8, 2004 07:04 AM
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