[IPython-dev] Website

Thomas Kluyver takowl at gmail.com
Sun Jun 12 19:01:55 EDT 2011

On 12 June 2011 23:18, Brian Granger <ellisonbg at gmail.com> wrote:

> - The navigation bar between the banner and the rest of the content is
> not there.

I don't think it would fit with what we're doing. Navigation links are on
the right. Arguably the most important part of this site is the 'menu' of
the various resources related to IPython - we can't cram that into a
horizontal bar, and splitting the links up would make it less clear.

> - In the right panel, the nice colored boxes that divide the content
> vertically are also gone.
> - The vertical colored regions to the L and R of the content are gone.
>  These nicely frame the content.

These are style choices embedded in the theme we're using, called 'agogo'.
It's easy enough to change each if you want to, but I'm not sure that they'd
particularly improve the appearance.

For reasons previously mentioned, I *don't* want this to look like other
Sphinx sites. We're using Sphinx here as a tool to separate content (the rst
files) from the layout, not to produce a documentation site. As long as the
layout works technically and aesthetically, I don't want to change it to be
more like the default Sphinx output. I'm quite happy to accept criticism on
the layout, but please don't start with an expectation of the standard
Sphinx layout.

> 1.  First address the content.  This would include getting the
> navigation elements to point to our pages etc.

I think all the links are already correct - please let me know if not.

> 2.  Then come up with a custom color scheme.  There are a number of
> online tools for helping pick color schemes.

I spent some time trying this (using Adobe Kuler), but eventually I decided
to leave it to someone with more artistic talent - possibly someone paid to
do it. That said, I don't think the colour scheme in agogo (grey, blue,
orange) is too ugly.

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