New website ?

Roel Schroeven rschroev_nospam_ml at
Wed Jan 18 18:57:54 EST 2006

Roel Schroeven schreef:
> JW schreef:
>> I 
>> immediately
>> noticed something when visiting Joel using Firefox.  **Scrollbars**.  The
>> page wouldn't even fit on the screen!  I started to read it, but my face
>> went numb before I needed to use the scrollbar.
> [...]
>> OK for blogging -- not so cool for a book cover.
> I guess you're right that scroll bars are to be avoided on the main page 
> of a website, though I don't think it's such a big deal.

To correct myself: I don't think there bad at all, if only the main 
information is visible at first sight without scrolling. Take for 
example I like that design, with a few caveats:
- the 'What's in the package' should be somewhat higher, in a more 
prominent place on the page.
- the style of the text should be somewhat more humble.

Other than that, I like it. There's a short summary of what Ruby on 
Rails is, the What's in the package section gives a more complete but 
still concise explanation. Than some references, followed by an overview 
of where the framework fits in the technical picture. Especially that 
last section is something I sorely miss on many project pages, while it 
is very important: I need to know if it fits in my existing 
infrastructure, or if it's feasible to make it fit. In fact I would like 
to see this section in front of the references section, but I guess this 
order is better for less technical people.

It's also very clear where to get the software, tutorials and other 
docs, and where I can find mailing lists, IRC channels etc.

In short, more or less everything I need to know right there on the 
front page (admittedly with a bit of scrolling, but to me that's 
absolutely not a big deal, even though my laptop doesn't have a scroll 
wheel) or clearly linked from there.

(I'm not saying that Python should copy this design, just trying the 
explain what I like and don't like in website front pages)

If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood
on the shoulders of giants.  -- Isaac Newton

Roel Schroeven

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