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Ok, since a picture speaks a thousand words, I decided to mockup my "vision".

It's about splitting up the page into manageable chunks, that are
visually intuitive.

Hopefully you can criticize the idea to improve, or reform, it's basic

On 14 February 2011 09:55, Michael Meeks <> wrote:
Hi guys,

       So - first it is important to realise that (as expected) this "new
features" web-page is the #2 most read page on the site, after the
"Download" page.

       So - whatever we do, it needs to be:

       a) highly polished
and     b) present as much 'wow' as possible in as little
          space as possible

On Sun, 2011-02-13 at 03:22 +0100, Bernhard Dippold wrote:
Basically - make it lots of smaller pages.
Basically: Yes.

       So - IMHO the lots of little pages idea is a disaster for loosing user
interest; the latency of loading a new page, and/or the UI complexity
(imagine eg. a mobile phone device and the disaster of tab switching and
the multi-second page load latency) is problematic here.

We need to work on most of the pages to reduce the amount of text and
add more graphical content.

       This I agree with.

       IMHO - we should separate the information on the page into two strands:

       * features that are distinctive to LibreOffice
               + this still will remain static / un-changed and only
                 grow and/or require minor edits over time I think.

       * new features in the latest release

       Now - of course, this interacts with our Bandwidth story - that page is
stuffed full of big images scaled only on the client ;-) so - serving it
is a bit of a pain, and slower than necessary.

       I suspect we would be better served by having a table of thumbnails at
the top (as now), perhaps split into two pieces "new new" and
"distinctives". And then, (perhaps) some textual content below it, and
perhaps two or more (but not a dozen) separate pages with more content
describing each feature (?).

I added Michael Meeks to CC, because he has been the driving force
behind this page.

       Only because my suspicions (strongly confirmed by the numbers) were
that this would be the #1 or #2 page on our site, and it was initially
terrible, but is now a -lot- better (but still needs love as we see) :-)

       Anyhow - it would be fantastic to have people giving some love, and
thought to this page, and really I'm no web designer; but have pity on
those that are. Silverstripe (and Drupal) do not make it easy to manage
lots of images (FWIW), so ... changes in that area can be lots of point,
click, drag, click, point (etc. etc. - did I mention - I *loathe* -all-
web GUIs that have no sane key-navigation, search/replace/ etc. ;-)

       So - to re-iterate; my requirements would be:

       a) Be careful, think hard, understand this is -the- key entry
          point linked in the media etc.
       b) Consider clueful users' news reading habits: triage news
          pages, middle clicking interesting things, then reading /
          closing tabs one by one.
               + IMHO expecting lots of focused, high latency,
                 multi-click attention on us is unrealistic for the
                 majority use-case
               + Ergo a dozen of must-click-somewhere-else pages may
                 have some esthetic pleasure from a design perspective
                 but will (I think) suck completely from a getting-lots
                 of-richness-to-many-eyeballs perspective :-)
               + so please don't hyper-fragment the information.

       Apart from that - go go go ! :-)



--  <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot

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