[Biopython-dev] "Final" biopython website for your inspection

Brad Chapman chapmanb at uga.edu
Fri Mar 21 11:19:26 EST 2003

Hey everyone;
Thanks for the feedback. I'll try to respond to everyone's comments in
one mail.

> Looks ready to go to me.  One thing: under Documentation, "Online 
> courses" should be changed to "Course Notes" or "Online Course Notes" 
> or something, to prevent giving people the idea that we teach courses 
> online!

Good point :-). Fixed.

> Do we want license terms on the front page, or within a 1-click radius 
> of the front page?

Personally, I'd rather just have the license included in the
distribution and leave it at that. Less pages and it's really not too
interesting to look at (do whatever you want with the code, don't blame
us). Do other people think we need it?

> Nice! Except for the open-bio.org/styles-site.css style sheet designed 
> for IE and which prescribes too small fonts for other browsers...

Really? Ugh. Which browsers do you find it looking bad in? I checked it
on IE, Mozilla, Netscape 4.7 and Galeon (which is actually the browser I
use) and all looked okay. I was hoping this covered the mozilla/ie front
reasonably well. Let me know and I can try to figure that; CSS isn't
really my speciality -- I just grabbed the open-bio one so we'd have the
same "look and feel."

>   Its a great plain vanilla site but I think it needs something to entice
> new visitors.  Like colored borders, fonts, graphic clips of proteins,
> scientists at work, conferences and the logo to add pizazz.

I have to admit I don't like pizzaz things like moving graphics and
all, but I would like to put a logo on there if anyone wants to
design one. We have Iddo's which I use sometimes for talks, but he
doesn't like to take credit for it :-). If we have any graphic
design/artist types who want to generate one I would be very into
including it. Something nice that fit next on the top of the page would
be sweet.

> (1) Shouldn't this line (#105)
>   <a href="http://obda.open-bio.org">BioSQL</a> / OBDA<br>
> be like this
>   <a href="http://obda.open-bio.org">BioSQL / OBDA</a><br>
> ?

Actually, ODBA is a separate thing from BioSQL (I know, it's confusing).
BioSQL is basically "storing sequences and features in an SQL database"
and OBDA is "standardized ways to access biological databases." I think
OBDA will have it's own web site soon, then this'll all be cleared up.

> (2) There are some <br> and <br /> mixture in the source. May be 
> it is better to have one kind of <br> ?

Excellent point. They are all <br />s now since I decided to go with the

> (3) I have some doubts about DOCTYPE ... This is because w3.org's validator 

Doh, validating. Thanks for reminding me. I fixed everything up so we
validate against the specified XHTML doctype. Many thanks for reminding
me of this.

> (4) I have also one suggestion. Wouldn't this page look more "finished" 
> if at the end of page there were some kind of indication, that it is the 
> end of page ? I was thinking about standard things, like (C) sign, date 
> of last modification or even $Id$ string. What do you think ?

Good idea. Once I get this stuff into CVS I'll try to get those fancy
datestamp things working (I'll have to look that up) and add a Last
Modified tag to the bottom of all the pages like we have right now.

Whew. I think that's all the concerns. What do people think -- should I
move on getting this up? I can write Chris about permissions and things
and we can pick a night and I'll get it done and just do it. 

Thanks again for all the feedback!

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