Thursday, August 25, 2005
The DevGuru Redesign
Blog Entry #20
"But what about the redesign itself?"
"But are sequels ever as good as the original?"
(1) Ditching the index map
This truly useful accessory is now gone.
(2) Ditching the methods and properties pages
Indeed, they do not. But sinking to the level of others should never be on the menu, should it now? (HTML Goodies has such pages, but they're in serious need of updating.)
(3) Unintuitive file names
then type in "text" and hit return/enter to get to your destination. Unfortunately, page hopping of this sort is now not possible because the underlying Quick Reference files have been renamed numerically (the document object page corresponds to a "10629.html" file, for example).
(4) Removal of browser limitations
(5) Command statement style
Before: window.defaultStatus( = "message")
After: window.defaultStatus( = "message")
Let's see: we've (a) subtracted the color coding of the statement's parts, (b) unboldened the text, (c) shrunk the font size (the site's fonts are now smaller across the board, actually), and (d) rerendered the text in a difficult-to-read silvery color (whose hex code, appropriately enough, is "666666"). Can anyone in his right mind view these changes as stylistic improvements? Paging Leonard Pinth-Garnell: we've got a contender for the next episode of "Bad Web Site Redesign".
"The punctuation on your own blog displays rather faintly."
Well, I'm not very happy about that, either.
(6) Constructor and prototype madness
BTW, the definition of the constructor property should read: "This specifies a function to create an object's
(7) And dial-up users, beware: DevGuru's pages definitely load more slowly than they used to.
And that about does it...having said all this, we will continue to make use of the DevGuru resource, as needed - as Sting once famously said, "When the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around" - one can only hope that at least some of the shortcomings cited above will be rectified in due course.