I added "Design 2". I like it much better than "Design 1". I think we
should work off of "Design 2" Thoughts?
On Aug 22, 2006, at 1:43 PM, Martijn Faassen wrote:
It's nearing september, and I'd like to start some work on
zope.org, in particular www.zope.org/foundation. I'm looking for
volunteers to help.
As you all probably know, we have a Zope Foundation, of which I'm a
board member (representative for the committer members). Aroldo
Souza-Leite is also on the board as chairman.
Aroldo and I are the board members responsible for the zope.org
website committee. The task of the zope.org committee is to improve
the zope.org web presence. Aroldo and I won't be doing the work or
decision making alone, but since we have the backing of the
foundation, we can make decisions stick. Volunteers are welcome to
join this committee!
One of the first tasks at hand is to improve the presence of the
Zope Foundation on the web. We currently have a section here:
This website doesn't look very pretty at all. My proposal is to
reorganize it, have some introductory text, put in links to
relevant information resources, such as mailing lists (including
this one), and to stick a nice layout around it.
This project will serve two purposes:
* to create a nice website for the foundation.
* serve as an example and test case for the wider zope.org renewal
So, please help us out.
I propose we use Tom Von Lahndorff's design for the foundation
website. For the purposes of the foundation site we should strip it
* no login necessary
* no search (unless we integrate google-based search, perhaps)
* possibly no drop-down menus at the top. We could simply have
links there, or possibly a standard left-hand side navigation. This
design is the top page; we need to see a sub-page design as well.
Tom, are you still there? This time we're going to use what you
made quickly, if you're willing!
Structure and text
Aroldo and I (Aroldo, I'm volunteering you :) are willing to work
on a bunch of restructured text documents that introduce the zope
foundation and set up the site structure.
I've said this before, and I'll just repeat it again: let's try to
avoid technology discussions as much as we can. Most of us,
including myself, are techies, so it's attractive to do this, but
we just want to put a website up. This doesn't require any new
technology, nor does it require a heavy-duty CMS.
To break my own rule on no technology discussions right way:
I propose letting www.zope.org/foundation point to a Apache
directory, where we maintain HTML files. We will then generate such
HTML files from restructured text we maintain in the zope SVN
repository, using a simple script that drives docutils.
If you want examples of websites that are managed this way and I
have personal experience with, check out the following places on
Since we're not aiming for a big site, this should be sufficient
For the larger zope.org, we may need something else, or we may not.
Let's treat the foundation website as a trial case here too, and
see how we like it.
There's one alternative to this approach that will also work on the
short term: a volunteer that's willing to work with zope.org and
integrate the layout and text and structure we want into existing
zope.org infrastructure. If someone volunteers to work on this, I'd
be happy to do it that way as well. Does anyone volunteer?
Any other technological approaches require more setup and I'd like
to defer them for the time being. We can take them up when we
tackle zope.org proper.
I hope we can all have this together in a couple of weeks, so let's
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