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si-blog
the web log of Simon Jessey

Friday, January 10th, 2003

I need direction/inspiration

For several days (while I've been suffering from a cold) I've been trying to come up with new ideas for the design of this web site. The functionality of the site is fine. The problem areas revolve around the flexibility and the visual design. I've always liked the way it looks, but others have told me it is boring. Although I have provided alternate style sheets with a bit more flair, nobody uses them. At the moment I make fairly extensive use of SSI. The metadata, style sheet links, footer and main menu are all imported in this way. This has caused problems for my current web host and I am finding that pages are being delivered too slowly. With these factors in mind I have compiled a list of goals for the new site design, in no particular order:

I threw that last point in because of something Tantek Çelik said to me about my current web log. At the moment the jessey.net header exists as an h1 element wrapped in a styled div, when it could easily have been just the h1 element on its own. Inexperience made me choose that route in the first place. Now that I have a few months' more experience I will be able to eliminate such redundancy. With advice from the likes of Tantek, Eric Meyer and Ian Hickson via books and web logs, I am now much better at wielding XHTML and CSS than before.

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