Tim Tylor wrote:I like it overall. The roll-over "spotlight" on the strips is a great idea. "Archives" looks a good deal better than "Discontinued or Hiatus". I'm not sure about the dullish green colour-scheme. ...
JunkyardDawg wrote:The 'sorted by category' thing is an excellent idea, but I'm a little werirded out by the fact that CRFH is apparently now a Science Fiction story. :-?
Tanukitsune wrote:Even Keenswag and Quickkeen are green now!
Freak wrote:And I noticed CRFH is under two categories.
Tim Tylor wrote:I'm glad that the Premium-content comics are being listed among the others and marked with asterisks, though I think it should say somewhere on the front page what the asterisks mean. There are also other bits of Premium content with some of the regular strips; the Keen Cribs at "Greystone Inn" and the high-resolution archives and behind-the-scenes stuff at "General Protection Fault". It would be good to have that stuff listed somewhere, especially since it's one of the selling points for Premium.
Crystalis wrote:As for the changes coming to the forums, are they gonna fix the lag that sometimes plagues this place?
Brad J. Guigar wrote:The new green tone was a necessary change. The old green was an RGB green that was not possible to duplicate in print. The new green will look the same in print and on your screen.
Harry the Furry Squid wrote:1) It's slow. Very slow. I'm on dialup, so each mouse-over description pulled incurs a delay of 3 to 4 seconds. I would have embedded the necessary mouseover data in the initial page (excluding the image), and perhaps served the page with GZIP compression to compensate. But maybe that's my fault for having dialup.
2) It's heavily table based - my DOM Inspector is showing 3 or 4 levels of table nesting. I can understand why a table is both necessary and appropriate for the actual comic listings, but the remainder of the page is essentially a linear layout, and should be marked up as such. There are also a large number of IFRAMEs, which are less than efficient on many popular browsers.
Everything is too damn small, and it's a fixed width design. Is there any particular reason why. Those two points are related. It might look fine on an 800x600 monitor, but pretty much anyone who's brought a computer in a last 5 years or so has a screen with a far higher resolution, and a good proportion will be using it. Even on 1152 (my resolution), it's starting to look silly. The text inviting comments, is just 10px high (~2mm), which is too small for comfort without manual enlargement.
It isn't valid HTML. Ignoring the lack of a doctype (which is mandatory -- I suggest using 4.01 transitional), there are 307 mistakes on the front page (according to the W3C validator). It's much easier to make pages behave reliably in any browser when the markup is correct, so in the long term writing valid markup will save time.
5) The images are unnecessarily large. With the help of optimised PNG images, your images could be much smaller, saving Keenspot bandwidth. For example,
No indication of comic popularity. I'm not saying this should be on the main page, but I like to know how popular comics are relative to each other. Let's have that information somewhere.
1) It looks more professional than before -- that's partly a function of the change in colour scheme, and partly the adoption of more modern design practices.
2) It doesn't load a huge number of images. Although offset rather by runtime slowness, it was difficult to find any particular comic on the old site without waiting for the thumbnails to load.
3) New Keenspot comics. Maybe these were on the old site too, but I seem to see some new faces here. That's good
4) Change for the sake of it -- is often good. In this case, it should wake people up to reading other comics on the list.
chubbyandnot wrote:I can't seem to find Ashfield Online on the new format. I'd expect it to be in the surreal section. Granted it hasn't been active in a while, so then it could be under hiatus/sporadic. but no. I see it nowheres.
Harry the Furry Squid wrote: No indication of comic popularity. I'm not saying this should be on the main page, but I like to know how popular comics are relative to each other. Let's have that information somewhere.
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