[sword-devel] CrossWire news

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 13 19:00:40 MST 2011

Hi Peter,

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 9:59 AM, Peter von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:

> On 13/02/11 00:56, Peter von Kaehne wrote:
> > I am showing 10 items on the page.
> Changed now to three classes of news items (core, modules and frontends)
> each 5 items.
> These will age with different speed, but not anymore interfere with each
> other. And each frontend will at any time only have one item up front,
> so none can drown out the others.

I'm not sure if there is any good way to improve this, but when I look at
that page it is not clear to me what those three columns mean.  The next
thing I see (looking first at the left hand column) is that the most recent
news item is from 2009.  This suggests to me that the project may be stale
or out of date.  I know when I see news feeds like that I sometimes just
kill the tab without looking further.  As we know, there is newer news
there, but I am just afraid that those coming to the site will not recognise
the organising principles immediately (if at all).  A simple reverse
chronological news feed might not be the universal best solution, but it is
at least something casual visitors are likely to understand.

In the same vein, newer news might be a good thing.  I'm sure this is
largely the fault of frontend developers (like me) not adding news items,
but I'm sure BibleTime 2.5, PocketSword 1.0, BPBible 0.4.3, and Xiphos 3.0
are not the latest versions available, and the 2009 date on the news items
makes that rather clear.

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