New Design of R Homepage
In the first week of February 2009 a thread
on redesigning the R homepage started on the r-help mailing
list. Here is a (not necessarily complete) list of things that got
discussed and seemed to get approval by several of the people
involved. Order of items is not implying any importance.
As input one may also use the statistics on R homepage usage.
- More modern looks (the current design is from 1997+).
- Elegant spartan design (the art is to leave things out ...).
- No frames.
- Reduce number of steps necessary to get from
homepage to actually downloading R.
- Usability first (for
users and for web admins).
- All valid (X)HTML and CSS.
- A good user interface that works with as many browsers as possible
should be the primary design criteria. We don't need eye candy.
- Pages should load fast even on older hardware (R is very popular
in developing countries).
- Pages should be friendly to those with
- No usage of a real content management
system, we want to check the homepage into SVN. Creation of HTML files
via scripts/translations/... from other source format is fine
(Rscripts are of course preferred).
- Use a graphic on the
front page that was rendered using new R graphics features like
anti-aliasing etc. A good set of candidates may be found in the R Graph
- It should be easy to create design-compliant
pages from within R (important for various listings on CRAN).
that adds optional features (like a daily changing figure on
the front page or zooming into screenshots).
- We need static HTML that can easily be mirrored (or burned to a
DVD) for CRAN. It should work on most servers out of the box, such
that admins of mirrors do not have to change too much of their usual setup.
Last modified: October 27, 2009 by Friedrich Leisch