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26 June 2011 @ 04:43 pm
Remodeling "Bright Knight" Fansite  
With the exception of the recommendations project, the top level of my "Bright Knight" FK fansite has at long last achieved the light of the CSS present, leaving behind the HTML tables-based dark ages.  Take a gander and let me know what you think?  It appears correctly on my PC in the latest Firefox and IE.  I don't know how it looks on a Mac or in other or older browsers.  I'm fairly content with the various content index pages, but the homepage itself unfortunately seems simultaneously busy and hollow.  Constructive criticism is welcome ("constructive" ideally means "with suggestions for improvement" ~g~).

You may recall that I mentioned, a few months back, creating a template for archiving new stories going forward.  These index pages were step two.  It will take a fair duration to rework all the site content: every FAQ, timeline, essay, list and tale.  The content goes back to '96; the site went online, hand-coded, in '99; then came FrontPage, now Dreamweaver...

I expect that the recommendations project — standing out like the proverbial sore thumb — will be the most challenging to reconfigure.  I built it on framesets back in the day; I must find a structural alternative that maintains functionality.  I do not yet even know the proper term for the way that GoogleNews keeps its sidebar menu static on the page as you scroll, but I believe that's what I need for the recommendations sans framesets.  (Alternatively, Spry tabbed panels? I don't know.)

Comments on Dreamwidth:
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on July 1st, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
>"What confused me in the navigation are the contents of "Essays"."

Thank you for pointing that out. I've deleted the character tags from the "Discussion" list to reduce confusion now, and will consider how to further recharacterize the "Discussion" list permanently.

As you suggest, one approach is to treat the "Links" page as the location for all links leading off Bright Knight itself. However, my plan is for the "Links" page to be the location for links to content not by me. My blog is by me, and so I think of it as an extension -- an annex? -- of the site, rather than belonging with "Links" to other sites.

>"I'm planning to remodel my Fanfiction page also as I find the white on black no longer easy on the eye."

I would also support an easier-to-read color scheme. :-)

I've been meaning to say that I find some of your older stories difficult to read on your website, not because of the color, but because of how the paragraphs run together. On my computer, they appear with no space between them, and also with no indention or other way of telling where one paragraph ends and the next begins (except where the previous line happens to be short).

I would like to recommend one of those stories. I was going to ask whether you might put it on the AO3, but if you're remodeling your own site in any case...?
PJ1228pj1228 on July 2nd, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
>I've deleted the character tags from the "Discussion" list to reduce confusion now<

I wouldn't delete them altogether. It was a good idea to provide the link to the character-centred discussions. I was just confused by the heading.