Have a nice day,
On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 12:11 AM, Jonathan Rochkind <roch...@jhu.edu> wrote:
> I'm not sure, there are definitely some tricks there.
> But if you do come up with some CSS that works robustly (your rough cut demo is doing some odd things, cutting text off in the middle of paragraphs, putting scrollbars in the middle of the page, etc), we at the journal would probably be happy to incorporate it in the main site as an option, perhaps a link somewhere to toggle between a multi-narrow-column and single-column view. A bit of WordPress hacking involved there too perhaps to provide such CSS toggle functionality.
> From: Code for Libraries [CODE...@LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Louis St-Amour [louiss...@GMAIL.COM]
> Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:23 PM
> To: CODE...@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
> Subject: [CODE4LIB] An alternate presentation of Code4Lib Journal
> Hey all,
> Having recently discovered Code4Lib Journal, I was fooling around with
> columns as ways of making articles more interesting to read, perhaps
> eventually on tablet devices:
> [image: AltPresentation.jpg]
> Works best in (and in fact only tested on) Google Chrome on an iMac, but you
> can try it out for yourself at http://lsta.me/code4lib/ ... all I've done is
> mirrored the journal site and added some styles to the bottom of the
> WordPress theme's CSS file. In theory you could apply such styles via a web
> browser extension or user stylesheet to the website itself, live. But I
> wouldn't recommend it without further testing and tweaks.
> My main goal was to see if columns improved the reading experience on an
> iPad, and the answer is definitely a "yes," because while I set the columns
> too small, you still get a sense of where you are overall and can see
> farther ahead with columns than when you zoom in on a single column webpage.
> The trouble with automatic columns, however, are defining when the automatic
> columns should break. So far, it's perhaps more trouble than it's worth in
> CSS, but with any luck that might change 10 years from now.
> It's funny how tablets in particular break our notions of page -- on
> tablets, we want essentially resizable and reflowing text columns but with
> fixed and pretty "page" layouts that we can navigate through. Consider
> magazines on the iPad -- sometimes we want the pretty text and images, but
> other times we want just text alone, or just images alone. And yet that
> means coming up with natural ways to zoom in on text and images without
> making the text unreadable or images blurry. It should be possible, but as
> far as I know, no one's done it right, yet. Either it's a Kindle-style text
> experience, or a magazine-style Image experience. I wonder who will mix the
> two together, first? Inkling almost gets it right with textbook content, but
> often feels like it's wasting space with its one-column infinite scroll
> approach. Which brings me back to my original point, I think columns and
> grids are crucial for helping people see more info at once.
> Anyone else have any thoughts on this? I was thinking about turning the
> Journal into an iPad/tablet app, given its Creative Commons license, but I
> now suspect given my interest in columns, that I'd be laying it out in
> InDesign first, like a real magazine, which might be too much work.
Jonathan M. Brinley