2018-07-09 16:06:52 UTC
(Take in mind this ain't a mockup yet; just as example.)
Why oh why?
Our current homepage is a bit wall of textish / too bland
I'd think. While it already gets all interesting features
across, it's not likely enticing to new users.
And such a slideshow (colors do draw eyes) would more easily
showcase the advantages of Fossil.
Pros & Cons
Apart from really matching it up with the default theme,
all the usual drawbacks of a homepage slideshow apply:
· It's somewhat of a generic fad (every other pet project
homepage has one these days)
· Makes it harder to follow each point (slide timing…)
· Needs more trimming down of slides + repeating some links
in the doc section.
· Images might be quite large (→ static files).
· "CGI" is already too abstract for a concrete pictogram.
· I feel it's slightly betraying the documentation-nature
of the Fossil homepage.
· And if implemented, people would want to have it with their
own Fossil setup (= must to be slim enough to be embedded
with one of the skins).
On the other hand it's a cheap feature:
· No jQuery necessary (there's even CSS-only slideshows)
· Kept the HTML list with minor adaptions
· Looks ok in w3m or dillo still.
· I don't think we'd even need to hire a graphics people to
design something neat here.
· Allows for less shy comparisons with Git/Hub/Lab.
· With all the work and features that went into Fossil, it's
perfectly warranted to show off a bit.
Is this something the Fossil homepage should have?
Any strong opinions or thoughts on image bloat?
Who would want to partake / design one of the slideshow
images? (archeology-themed for obvious reasons!)
Cutting down on intro text / feature points.
→ How much is too much?
→ Or add *more* links even?
Can we also expand the homepage documentation list into
e.g. a three pane list (like the Apache manual):
→ users, → developers, → quick overview sections?
(This is going to become the lengthier discussion…)
There's a few headlines and key points which could be
adapted IMO (without overzealous hype/marketing).
For instance "mature + robust". Or "unobtrusive" in comparison
And "fully customizable" instead of just themeable (because
we have TH1, and a JSON API, not just the skins).
One thing I'd also like to see more prominently are links to
Hydra, ChiselApp, or even fossilrepos.sourceforge.net perhaps.
Back to the example //fossilslideshow.tmp.include-once.org/
A few thoughts on simplifying:
· The img tags could be slashed by using background-image
and no-repeat instead.
· With transform and @keyframe, one could get rid of the
· Not sure if back/forward buttons make sense. But a :hover
stop of the slides would make sense at least.
· If anyone is already using a simpler JS-snippet, please..
· Not sure if embedding SVG makes sense.
· I'd prefer the quick links floater to stay / not sure if the
logo needs to remain.