www.kde.org/testing update

Jason Bainbridge jaseone at myrealbox.com
Mon Nov 4 12:05:52 UTC 2002

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Firstly I must say I like the look of the new styles. :)

Now onto the business end of things...

A while back I sent an email to all of the major KDE mailing lists I knew of 
asking for people's feedback and ideas for requirements for the re-design of 
the kde.org. The email wasn't well received and didn't receive many replies, 
which is probably due to the wording of my email so what I propose is the 

1. I work further on documenting the requirements we already have and add them 
to what is already at: http://usability.kde.org/newdesign/webredesign/ 
finishing what I can tonight.... While sleepy {$me .= "coffee"); :-)

2. I send another email to the major mailing lists giving people a week to 
respond and make it very clear we want people's input and it is in their 
interest to pitch in, plus openly advertise the work so far at 

3. We set ourselves a deadline a week after the requirements have been 
gathered to pull the requirements together into a semi formal document. I can 
do a lot of this and welcome assistance in this regard as well.

4. We put out a RFC on the requirements giving another week for this to 

5. We can then hopefully with Sebastian's assistance draft the final designs 
as he is obviously the best designer amongst us and then with the assistance 
of a select few say the people most interested during the requirements stage 
we fine tune the design before rolling it out.

I know people are going to moan and groan about all those 1 week delays, but 
if we do this right we can achieve our goal of getting a consistent look and 
feel across all *.kde.org sites as the final design will make maintainers 
want to use it as they helped shape it in the first place. If we just design 
it and then approach them afterwards I don't think it would go down very well 
with a lot of them. 

If the plan above is followed then we would have the new design ready to go 
live in about a month, which would also place it very close to release of 3.1 
at end of November but at the end of the day I don't think we should rush 
anything just to meet that date, but it would be nice. :) Maybe we can 
streamline the re-design of the main kde.org site so it goes live with 3.1 
and then content sites can follow shortly after...

On a side note I see the different styles being a good idea as that will give 
the maintainers a choice as to which style they use and also add a bit of 
character to the different *.kde.org subdomains.

Anyway what do people think of the above plan? 

- -- 
Jason Bainbridge
KDE - Conquer Your Desktop - http://kde.org
KDE Web Team - webmaster at kde.org
KDE Usability Project - http://usability.kde.org
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