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Old 12-08-2003
Latest Design of New Unix Header (Flash)

As everyone might know by now, we have a new 'draft' banner with matrix theme, falling unix commands, blinking numbers, and more. This will be the new default theme for the forums.

We are in the process of sending final comments to our designer, please feel free to post your suggestions here.

Neo
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Old 12-08-2003
That's a new idea having a flash file instead of just a picture.. cool! Smilie

What jumped out at me right away was how the flash file, background and scroll bar are all just about the same shade of green, which causes everything to kind of blend together - maybe a slightly lighter shade of green in the background might help?

But what also stood out to me was the thin, crisp lines that form the borders for all the table cells (I'm referring to the html code here)... I think it adds a lot to the readability of the forums when I'm looking at a whole page of topics.. makes it easier for the eye to separate things out.
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Old 12-08-2003
Thanks! Glad you like our idea..... I'm becoming a big 'Flash MX' fan as well, love the built in ability for flash to communicate with back-end databases, etc. Database-driven flash.....

Here are the current HEX codes for the background:

Code:
<body bgcolor="#1B635F" text="#00292D" ..... ">

The 'table heading background color' is #023D39

and

The 'category strip font color' is #9ECCCB

I tried a ligher shade of green, but it seemed 'pale'.... if you have a suggestion that you like better than #1B635F (the current background color) please post and I'll give it a try!

Neo
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Old 12-08-2003
I just tried a few things, like replacing your code with
Code:
"<body bgColor=#227B77 text=#00292D ...">

but I agree it looks pale.

I think it might help if the links on the green background were lighter, but that might be more trouble than it's worth.. Smilie

You'd need extra CSS:
Code:
.nav:link {
	COLOR: #c7ffb9
}
.nav:visited {
	COLOR: #c7ffb9
}
.nav:active {
	COLOR: #c7ffb9
}
.nav:hover {
	COLOR: #efe
}

and then add it to the links with a green background (for better readability):
Code:
<FONT face="verdana, arial, helvetica" size=2 color="#c7ffb9"><B><A
href="https://www.unix.com/index.php?s=" class="nav">THE UNIX FORUMS</A> .....

-------
Had to correct something I mistyped .. wow I'm a perfectionist Smilie

Last edited by oombera; 12-08-2003 at 10:45 PM..
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Old 12-08-2003
Agreed. It is hard to find the right shades of green...... (or any color).... but I think the flash colors are good and think the designer made some wise choices.

When I have more time.... (spent all night and morning on this yesterday!) I'll try your suggestion and see how it looks. Thanks.

Neo
# 6  
Old 12-08-2003
BTW, here was a note to our designer:

Code:
Thanks. I think it looks great. I''ll post to our members to look at. A few things.....

(1) Could you try a different font for unix.com ?

(2) Can you tastfully flash and fade in/out ''Universal Internet eXchange'  somewhere ?

(3) Could you think if there is any tastful movement to the arrows?

(4) Possible to put a bit of light movement around the border of the thing in the middle that provides the depth?

Great job.......!!!!!! WoW! Coming along nicely!!!!

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Old 12-09-2003
MySQL

Well, it was nice to see that flashy default theme when I typed unix.com today. The top flash banner is very good, I may say appealing and soothing to the eyes as well. Problem begings when you look down the page. Black words on a darker shade of green is very hard to read. Can be read but with eye strain. Better change it to some bright color so that contents can be read easily.

Overall, its very good. Change is always a pleasant thing.

Keep it up!

JAM
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