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    Another site review (hey, I had to do it some time)

    Just about everyone here has done it at some point, and now it's my turn. I'd like some feedback on the site listed below. Mainly, I'd like comments on:

    1. Asthetics
    2. Ease of use
    3. If the design philosophy is effective
    4. The markup and CSS used
    5. Images used
    6. Site setup (i.e. the folders used on the web server to group content together).
    7. Browser compatibility issues
    8. Anything you want.

    http://www.cm-life.com/pages/mjw/

    In a week or so it will be moved to:

    http://mjw.cmich.edu/

    There are a couple of problems:

    1. The links to the print and online versions of the Diverse Voice do not work. The test site is not on the same server, rather it's set up as if it were on the correct server.

    2. I don't have the MS Word application on hand, so links to this document won't work either.

    Other than that, everything should be functional.

    Thanks in advance

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    Divitis.
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    So many sterile ends
    I chose the Devil's path

    Never shall the sun kiss my face
    And caress me with it's burning light
    For I dwell in the shadows
    And sleep side by side with death

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    Sorry, I'm an annoying monolingual U.S. citizen. You'll have to translate
    Paul Jr is from NY...maybe its his slang? I guess he is refering to how many divs you have used

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    Originally posted by iniquity101
    Paul Jr is from NY...maybe its his slang? I guess he is refering to how many divs you have used
    Lol, no, not my slang.

    Yes, I was refering to the superfluous number of <div>'s you are using.
    Thousand different paths
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    For I dwell in the shadows
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    Yes, it's a Zeldman term, I believe. Either way, I'm assuming they (though I'm not sure that many should have been) were needed for all the drop shadows...

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    Also, I'm not too keen on the navigation links :hover color/style. I personally don't like the overline-underline combination or the color. Also, the darkred color seems to me to be a bit much.

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    i would put the date/time stamp within the top bar and colour it white so u can keep the template with the content inside!
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    wait! i was looking at this
    http://mjw.cmich.edu/
    i am at the wrong link!?

    oops!
    More of a journal than a blog.

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    wait! i was looking at this
    http://mjw.cmich.edu/
    i am at the wrong link!?
    Yup. You are looking at the publication made by the workshop. The workshop web site itself is what I'm working on. Right now it's at the cm-life.com address, but I'll be moving it to the mjw.cmich.edu address after I've got the site done.

    The layout is sized in ems so that the layout will increase and decrease in size proportionately to users' browser text size settings.

    I agree that there are too many DIVs, but I don't know how else to create background borders that can stretch horizontally and vertically. And I was going for a totally skinnable web site. I didn't plan on creating anymore skins, but this was practice for when I redesign my college newspaper's web site. I plan on having some holiday-dependant skins on that, but that's in the future and doesn't have anything to do with this

    The color scheme for our college (Central Michigan University) is maroon and gold. So I was kind of playing off that with the dark red.

    When choosing a color scheme, do you people go for lighter, subdued colors for the navigation and other elements, or for some bolder colors to set off things like the navigation, page headers and footers?

    And thanks for the great feedback so far!
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    I'm not really feelin' the small "window" in all the subpages for the content. It's a bit too small for my taste. More visible text without having to scroll.
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    I chose the Devil's path

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    I believe CMU's yellow is darker and a darker yellow would work better for the hover state. Don't have a bunch of text in a link. The one that points to the tour page should be shortened. Rewrite the text so it says something like Take the tour... and link just tour. Drop the mailto link and use a form. I would expect a site done by a university to use forms.

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    I've done a little more work and taken some of your advice. I redesigned the main menu to make it look simpler and (hopefully) not so tacky and overwhelming. I did kind of agree with Pyro about the overline/underline thing. I wasn't too keen on it either, but didn't know what else to do with it at the time.

    I've added a contact page that has an e-mail form on it, though it doesn't work. I'm hoping I can talk the college's IT department into installing PHP on the Mac OSX server they will be using to host this web site. If not, then I don't know. The problem is that the server does not have any scripting languages installed

    I kept the tour pages the same. I also think they are too small in size, but that was unavoidable. I need a fixed size in order to center the box vertically and horizontally, and I can't have the box be wider or taller than a 640 X 480 screen because the negative margins I used will move the content too far up and too far to the left.

    Any more suggestions/comments are more than welcome. Thanks again guys.

    http://www.cm-life.com/pages/mjw/

    Note: The above link will only work for another week or so.

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    i love your site now. only wish u could make those dang boxes bigger!

    btw i love ur shading and shadow graphics... wish i was as talented as you in my design. i can think up tons of stuff for webpages... but i can never seem to make the graphics right!! *tears*
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    I think it's fantastic! The layout is awesome, and it has a surprisingly low file size. Good work!
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