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Updates and an announcement from LWN

Updates and an announcement from LWN

Posted Jul 5, 2012 10:48 UTC (Thu) by Tobu (subscriber, #24111)
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Great news that we'll have even more contributions on kernel-related topics, you make complex subjects accessible.

If a refreshed look is in the cards, here are a few ideas:

  • Collapsible subthreads, like on Reddit (notice the [-] symbol to the top left of each comment). This will make huge threads more manageable, by allowing the reader to collapse less interesting subthreads (including flamewars if we still have them).
  • Make all article titles links. I notice this is now the case inside the weekly edition, but not on the front page and not on the articles themselves. This would improve consistency, reduce the need to look for the comments link, and provide a cleaner permalink without the #Comments fragment.
  • Markdown support. An improvement only useful for active commenters, but it would make me happy. Markdown is terse, convenient, easy to learn and compatible both with html and existing text conventions.
  • Responsive design and multi-column text to improve readability on large monitors. Of course you may find other uses for the extra screen space, like moving some of the navigation to the sides when the screen is wide enough.
  • A new or refreshed logo. The current logo introduces a green color not used anywhere else in the site palette.

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Updates and an announcement from LWN

Posted Jul 5, 2012 22:48 UTC (Thu) by przemoc (subscriber, #67594) [Link]

Regarding comments, if you use Google Chrome and you're a keyboard-centric user, you may try my simple extension (it waits for some improvements [like switching from localStorage to indexedDB to support unlimited storage -- see, easy access to highlighted comments, etc.], sorry, lack of time), which helps me "remember" the state of comments, so e.g. I can easily skip to unread ones at the current page.

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Updates and an announcement from LWN

Posted Jul 6, 2012 12:00 UTC (Fri) by Tobu (subscriber, #24111) [Link]

I just tried it (I don't normally use Chromium). I had to repackage it to match the https urls.

Updates and an announcement from LWN

Posted Jul 17, 2012 16:00 UTC (Tue) by Baylink (guest, #755) [Link]

My single greatest complaint is the same as many other people's single greatest complaint: column widths.

This hits me two different ways: while mobile, and when reading bigpage/printable.

On mobile, it seems not to set the text, always, as reflowable.

When reading the bigpage, something on the page makes the column a fixed width which is too wide for my 12" monitor, when I use ZoomTextOnly to increase the text size far enough for my aging eyes, pushing the edges of paragraphs off the screen. If I don't use printable, it's worse.

I know that article text, or at least comment text, is -- at some level -- reflowable, as it *isn't* if you use plaintext instead of HTML to enter a comment...

Updates and an announcement from LWN

Posted Jul 17, 2012 16:03 UTC (Tue) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

Minimum and maximum column widths can be tweaked in the preferences area; perhaps you have the minimum set to some wide value?

Updates and an announcement from LWN

Posted Jul 17, 2012 21:33 UTC (Tue) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359) [Link]

"Minimum width of main text column (em)" is out of range (20 to 99999999)

I demand that right to have 2em columns!!!!!

Actually, it wouldn't help. Once the

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block at the top gets all the white space squeezed out of it, it imposes a minimum column width that no setting of "min-width" can over-come.

(at least it does on Firefox)

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