[mapserver-dev] Proposing some homepage changes...

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Tue May 4 14:31:22 EDT 2010

Howard Butler wrote:
> On May 3, 2010, at 6:41 PM, Stephen Woodbridge wrote:
>> Lime, Steve D (DNR) wrote:
>>> Hi all: I'd like to propose some changes to the mapserver.org
>>> homepage. Wondering how feasible they'll be via Sphinx: -
>>> Breadcrumb. Really should start at "Home" and then go from there,
>>> e.g.: Home >> Documentation >> MapScript  or Home >> FAQ Home >>
>>> Develelopment >> RFCs - TOC on the homepage shouldn't be
>>> announcements but rather something like: Community Mailing Lists 
>>> IRC Wiki Development    Documentation Introduction FAQ Mapfiles 
>>> MapScript Downloads Issue Tracker - Announcements could continue
>>> below the fold on the main part of the homepage It's not user
>>> friendly as is. The shorter, more meaningful TOC would also help
>>> to pull the OSGEO and FOSS4G icons up the page. Thoughts?
>> +1
>> I think those would be GREAT changes, I hope we can get these done.
>> I would like to add one more MAJOR usability change and that is CSS
>> for printing. In FF do a Print Preview and you will see what I
>> mean. The left hand Nav stuff is turned off as it should be, but
>> the content is not repositioned to the left margin for printing.
>> This should just be some CSS changes.
> The PDF is not sufficient for printing?  Otherwise, do you have a
> patch for the css changes?

Hi Howard,

The problem with the single file PDF, is that:

1) if you are on a random page and want to print it you can't
2) if you are on a random page it is not obvious that you have to get to 
the doc page download the whole PDF and find the pages in it that 
correspond to the page you had been viewing and then print that page range.

Don't get me wrong, the single page PDF is great, but it is not a 
substitute for printing one page.

Steve L. attached a change I suggested to basic.css that I think might 
fix the page print issues. I have not had time to mirror the page and 
try out the changes, but just tweaking the CSS in firebug as I indicated 
seem to do the right thing. If it does not, please let me know and I'm 
pretty sure I can come up with something that will work.


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