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OSNews, Generic OSes After a long development period, we're ready to introduce the first "release candidate" of OSNews version 4. OSN4 is a very big change for us - for years, we've worked with the mantra "We render everywhere." We are still using MySQL and PHP, like in Eugenia's OSNews v2, but with the sudden prevalence of newer web technologies, we've decided that in order to really offer the best platform for our readers, it was time to enter a brave new world. Read on for details and the link. Updated: ("read more" to see update)
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Thoughts on the new design
by iarann on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 14:47 UTC
iarann
Member since:
2006-05-14

I think my only real problem with it is everything is to the left of center. It appears more then a third of the right side of the screen is used up by links and dead space, making things a little awkward on a 20 inch monitor because everything else is shifted so far to the left. With the current version, everything is centered nicely making it easier to read. The lemonade color scheme seems a little garish as well compared to the nice subtle gray. I do like having the recent comments on the right hand side, though this site gets commented on a little faster then I can follow. I also like having direct links to some of the account things, like messages there.

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RE: Thoughts on the new design
by Adam S on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 14:50 in reply to "Thoughts on the new design"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

It appears more then a third of the right side of the screen is used up by links and dead space, making things a little awkward on a 20 inch monitor

As I just replied to your PM:

I use a 20" iMac at home, and I haven't had a problem with it. The thing is, it's not 1/3 of the screen - it's 255 pixels at max - shouldn't get any wider. On a 20", you should see the vast majority of the text widely spaced across the page.

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miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

Even with dynamic layout it's a good practice to limit maximum width and center the page after certain size. Wasting space is not bad but looks bad if it's not symmetric ;)

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RE: Thoughts on the new design
by abdavidson on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 14:57 in reply to "Thoughts on the new design"
abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

I see similar on my 22". The right hand area doesn't seem to be right aligned to the page so there is a chunk of dead space to the right of it between it and the page boundary.

Also I'd suggest, that the right hand stuff needs *something* to differentiate it from the main content, be that boxing it, putting some divider, but as it stands it is quite distracting when scanning across the page/articles/comments to have text just hanging there.

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abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

Instead of

%div id="side"%

how about

%div id="side" style="float:right"%

Just played with that in Opera (live editing) and that 'fixes' things there at least...?

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RE: Thoughts on the new design
by CPUGuy on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 15:43 in reply to "Thoughts on the new design"
CPUGuy Member since:
2005-07-06

Everything is left justified which I don't like all that much, current version of OSNews is all centered, which makes navigation easier since you aren't moveing the mouse back and forth all the way across the screen.

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RE: Thoughts on the new design
by kwanbis on Thu 22nd Mar 2007 20:13 in reply to "Thoughts on the new design"
kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

completely agree ... why, o why, it does not uses 99% of my page with? It looks really silly on my 1420 x 1024 screen.

Here is what i mean: http://img506.imageshack.us/img506/9798/wastedhc7.png

Edited 2007-03-22 20:17

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vegai Member since:
2005-12-25

Might be reserved for ads?

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RE: Thoughts on the new design
by biteydog on Fri 23rd Mar 2007 09:58 in reply to "Thoughts on the new design"
biteydog Member since:
2005-10-06

Centres up fine for me (1600x1200, Firefox, Opera, Konqueror) - perhaps it's been fixed now, ALTHOUGH IE6 spreads it across the whole screen (less good).

I rarely run my browser full width anyway because lots of sites crunch up to the left, and 1600 is just too wide for browsing.

I normally run Opera with 120% zoom on the page as standard (nice feature), as 1600x1200 is great for my graphics work, less good for reading in a browser.

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