[ZWeb] volunteers wanted! zope foundation website as guinea pig

Andrew Sawyers andrew at sawdog.com
Tue Aug 22 14:25:35 EDT 2006

What's up with zopefoundation.org - especially since it's changed since I
looked at it yesterday?  :P)


On 8/22/06 1:43 PM, "Martijn Faassen" <faassen at infrae.com> wrote:

> Hi there,
> 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:
> http://www.zope.org/foundation
> 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 project.
> So, please help us out.
> Layout
> ------
> I propose we use Tom Von Lahndorff's design for the foundation website.
> For the purposes of the foundation site we should strip it down:
> * 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.
> Technology
> ----------
> 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 codespeak:
> http://codespeak.net/z3/
> http://codespeak.net/lxml/
> Since we're not aiming for a big site, this should be sufficient technology.
> 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
> start working!
> Regards,
> Martijn
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