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January 23, 2006

Hacking Away at the Redesign

Amanda Luker, who is heading up the redesign of our new website, has finished the bulk of her work. She has remodeled the layout and the look-and-feel of the new pages, which took a tremendous amount of work.

I have now begun integrating the computer code that allows us to apply Amanda's templates to thousands of articles and lots of other kinds of pages throughout the entire website. In the process, I am streamlining the software that runs The NewStandard and adding lots of new features, some of which you won't be able to help but notice.

Amanda's coding is excellent. For those in the know, she is re-doing nearly all of our pages in strictly standards-compliant XHTML/CSS code. For those not in the know, that means all browsers -- including those intended to compensate for visual impairments -- will display our new pages nicely, aside from any glitches we might eventually need to iron out. It also means pages will download faster.

But what you mostly care about are the visuals. Unfortunately, I am sworn to secrecy and cannot post any images that reveal the new design theme. Besides, we still haven't selected a masthead logo -- all your input is causing conflicted opinions among the staff. (I personally cannot decide between #5 and #7, but I suspect we'll end up with some hybrid of various preferences.)

Anyway, if you've read this far, you deserve a reward, so I'm scrapping the secrecy thing and I'm going to leak a little peek from the beta version to you:

 

 

Okay, here's another.

 

segment of new content page

 

Since you twisted my arm... here's one last glance...

 

 

And...

 

segment of homepage

 

Okay, that's really it. I'd better post this before I get busted.

Comments...

marcus99nd: Hacking Away at the Redesign

W o a h. Man I cannot wait!

sanford bledsoe: Hacking Away at the Redesign

Looking good!


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