After more than a week of coding, the updated OSNews design is pretty much done. While a lot of you (including myself) prefered the older, simpler & cleaner design, which was also much faster to load and even rendered nicely on… text-based browsers, this updated design was necessary. We had to expand PriceGrabber (part of the deal) so we can get some revenue to be able to pay for our (always on-the-increase) bandwidth needs, and the only way to do so was to add a vertical bar. Also, we needed to add more menu items (check out the massively updated “OS Resources” and “Advertise” pages), so we had to make the menu vertical (the 765-pixel wide horizontal menu was not a scalable option anymore). UPDATE: I just added better support for Lynx, Links & W3M text-based browsers. *You will have* to load www.osnews.com/home.php instead of the plain www.osnews.com though because the default index.php is actually static (generated on-the-fly every 1 minute) so it won’t work with my PHP text browser detection code. UPDATE 2: Better AvantGo support added.While the updated design still targets 800×600+ users it features better support for the 640×480 users (they now only have to scroll horizontally once to read an article instead of scrolling left and right all the time in the previous design). Other features added to this version, is the “Send this story to a friend” (we would like to hear from you, do you actually use this feature?), “Browse by Topic” (by clicking a story’s icon), “Link Directly to this Comment“, “Printer Friendly Version” for all articles and also a number of cosmetic changes and even some restructuring under the hood.
We will also like to thank Peter Coyne for the new, great looking logo!
Starting Thursday and until Feb 20th, I will be hard to reach due to moving to a new apartment, but as March will be coming over, await a brand new commenting system (still backwards compatible with older comments), possibly with threading support.
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