[Marketing] Re: [OSGeo-Edu] Guidelines/Template for OSGeo HTML Documentation

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Tue Jul 8 05:54:05 EDT 2008

Helena Mitasova wrote:
> On Jul 7, 2008, at 6:41 PM, Landon Blake wrote:
>> This topic deals with the preparation of educational material, but I 
>> thought that it might be related to the work of the Marketing 
>> Committee, and eventually the OSGeo Journal, so I added this message 
>> to all three (3) lists.
>> I’d like to start work soon on a simple converter that moves OSGeo 
>> educational material from Docbook to HTML. I’d specifically like to 
>> start testing a documentation tool chain with this converter for the 
>> English Free GIS Book and the Starter Dictionary.
>> I imagined using two (2) CSS files for the output HTML documentation. 
>> One could be used for online viewing, and one for hardcopy printing.
> I think this is a good idea. It is what we have ended up using for the 
> NCSU GIS program (at least for now).
>> I’m fairly handy with CSS and HTML, but I was hoping to get some 
>> direction for the creation of the style sheets. Do we have an OSGeo 
>> color scheme somewhere? Does the OSGeo have a preferred font family 
>> for online documentation?
>> (I know that I can get a logo from here: http://www.osgeo.org/logos)
>> Should I make the stylesheets follow the color palettes contained in 
>> this document?: 
>> http://download.osgeo.org/osgeo/logos/OSGeo_logo_guide.pdf
> I suggest yes.

We are currently in the process of reviewing the latest CI update from a designer and will update the referenced document in the next two weeks. This  will mainly include color palettes and the logo update. 

I have added fonts as a topic for our next Marketing meeting agenda. Currently a lot of old stuff is available in Arial, Verdana and Garamond but the tendency is to move to "Nimbus Sans L" - but this is not official policy yet. 

>> Even if I use those color palettes, I’ll likely need to add some 
>> colors for things like visited and unvisited hyperlinks.
>> I thought it would be good to set my style sheets up so they could be 
>> used in other OSGeo online documentation, and especially for other 
>> projects coming from the education committee. It would also be great 
>> to see the same style sheets used for online versions of OSGeo Journal 
>> articles, if we ever get around to building a web presence for the 
>> Journal.
>> I’m not too fussy about things like colors and fonts. I just want to 
>> set the style sheets up to use what everyone else is using.
> it would be nice if we have a graphic designer or at least somebody with 
> graphics background help
> out to give the documents a professional look and feel.
> Helena

We have a budget to do this kind of thing, I will add this topic for the next meeting. 

Best regards, 

>> I appreciate any comments or suggestions on this topic.
>> Landon
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