[arch-dev-public] reimplementation of the new design (Pierre Schmitz)

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Thu Jan 17 15:14:55 EST 2008

Am Donnerstag, 17. Januar 2008 20:34:28 schrieb thayer:
> I will stay clear of the trademark debate, but with respect to the
> sub-text under the logo, this is simply a matter of preference.  The old
> logo did not use antialiasing, while the new one does.  Some may argue
> that means the new logo is broken--I disagree. Most professional logos
> use antialiased fonts for text. I agree that Inkscape's font rendering
> isn't the best, but personally I don't care for the ultra-crisp version
> at the DE site either, but to each their own.

You are right. Fonts should be antialiased. And on the de-logo I enabled 
antialiasing and hinting. I only switched the Font to dejavu because 
liberation had some strange hinting on smaller sizes.

> > I created the MediaWiki theme from scratch. Its based on the monobook
> > theme but I left the original css files untouched. Instead I wrote a new
> > archlinux.css which just overrides some box positions and colours to our
> > needs. This should make upstream updates much easier. In the past some
> > updates were a lot of work because of many changes to the css code. And
> > of course: Its much easier to maintain only the changes in a separate
> > file.
> The work you did on the wiki looks great...if I could offer one
> suggestion it would be to make sure the links are not the same colour as
> the headings.

You are right. Among some other colour-changes I switched the heading to a 
darker grey.

> > I have changed some colours compared to the theme from archlinux.org
> > (grey boxes on the start page and using grey and blue for the wiki)
> Overall, I think you have some great ideas about separating the styles
> from the upstream content/themes--we plan to do the same for the
> official site.  The current state of the official site is definitely in
> transition--we mainly want to get the new logo into circulation at this
> point.  The 'refinement' is coming...

OK, perhaps we could coordinate this a bit. If wanted I could try to make 
MediaWiki independent from a special site (.org, .de, .fr, .it etc) and 
upload it to projects.archlinux.org. 

> I think a LOT of css (and even some semantic markup) can be removed from
> the official Arch sites, but I just came on board and until we have a
> clear vision as to what we're going to accomplish, I don't want waste
> what precious the other web devs have.
> Kudos for doing such a good job on the DE site!

thanks :-)


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