DTP


 
Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web


Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > How to Use the Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-20-2005, 08:33 AM   #1
donmcc
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sarnia, Canada
Posts: 1,122
Default Changes to the Forum

I wonder what others think of the chagnes that are being made to the forums (or is it fora ... oops, have to post that under words).

I like it, particularly that there are now three web based sections. The subheadings are nice as well.

Good work to those involved.

Don McCahill
donmcc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2005, 10:46 AM   #2
Anne Wright
Member
 
Anne Wright's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tallahassee Florida USA
Posts: 185
Default

Don, I really like the new categories for web development since that is really more what I am interested in rather than publishing.
But I wonder if it is possible to set up forum subcategories to group the different areas of interest? I know they do it over in the Pets Forums, which are also on vBulletin.
Anne
Anne Wright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
ktinkel
Founding Sysop
 
ktinkel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: In Connecticut, on the Housatonic River near its mouth at Long Island Sound.
Posts: 11,187
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anne Wright
But I wonder if it is possible to set up forum subcategories to group the different areas of interest? I know they do it over in the Pets Forums, which are also on vBulletin.
It is possible. But we decided not to do that to avoid duplication of topics of relevance to both sorts of endeavor (including Photos, Scans; /Drawing, Béziers; All About Fonts; and Running Your Business), not to mention the general sections (Words and The Corner Pub).

Give this a try for a while and then let us know what you think.

   
__________________
[SIZE=2][COLOR=LemonChiffon]::[/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
ktinkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2005, 07:20 PM   #4
dacoyle
Member
 
dacoyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Arlington, VA (across the river from Washington, DC)
Posts: 560
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ktinkel
It is possible. But we decided not to do that to avoid duplication of topics of relevance to both sorts of endeavor (including Photos, Scans; /Drawing, Béziers; All About Fonts; and Running Your Business), not to mention the general sections (Words and The Corner Pub).

Give this a try for a while and then let us know what you think.
Kathleen,

Anne has a valid point, especially for visitors like me who are unlikely to go to any non-web sections. Jumping back and forth isn't as user friendly as well organized sections. I totally agree on the overlap, but a properly constructed topic grouping is as important as valid code.

I'd have to give it some thought to pick logical groups, but your idea of leaving it for now is best. Give us a chance to work with it awhile and you'll get better feedback. Main problem I'm having for now is the three web areas not being together... but it's still new.

   
__________________
Dennis
dacoyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2005, 06:30 AM   #5
ktinkel
Founding Sysop
 
ktinkel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: In Connecticut, on the Housatonic River near its mouth at Long Island Sound.
Posts: 11,187
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dacoyle
I'd have to give it some thought to pick logical groups, but your idea of leaving it for now is best. Give us a chance to work with it awhile and you'll get better feedback. Main problem I'm having for now is the three web areas not being together... but it's still new.
We’ll see how it goes. Our notion was to integrate the two types of publishing, not segregate them, but if this arrangement doesn’t work for the long haul, we will consider a different one.

Meanwhile you might find something useful in sections not actually labeled “web” — never can tell! <g>

   
__________________
[SIZE=2][COLOR=LemonChiffon]::[/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
ktinkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2005, 10:01 AM   #6
Anne Wright
Member
 
Anne Wright's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Tallahassee Florida USA
Posts: 185
Default

Quote:
Meanwhile you might find something useful in sections not actually labeled “web” — never can tell!
Well, that is certainly true for me! I'm not really into desktop publishing, though I have done some brochures for my business. I joined when my husband got a job at Kinko's since he kept asking me questions about publishing stuff. And much of what I have learned in DTP has been used to help him. But I have learned things that I have applied to my web stuff, too.
Besides the people in DTP are great and fun to hang out with!
Anne
Anne Wright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2005, 10:47 AM   #7
ktinkel
Founding Sysop
 
ktinkel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: In Connecticut, on the Housatonic River near its mouth at Long Island Sound.
Posts: 11,187
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anne Wright
Besides the people in DTP are great and fun to hang out with!
Aw, gee. (Same to you!)

   
__________________
[SIZE=2][COLOR=LemonChiffon]::[/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
ktinkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2005, 05:26 PM   #8
dacoyle
Member
 
dacoyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Arlington, VA (across the river from Washington, DC)
Posts: 560
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ktinkel
We’ll see how it goes. Our notion was to integrate the two types of publishing, not segregate them, but if this arrangement doesn’t work for the long haul, we will consider a different one.

Meanwhile you might find something useful in sections not actually labeled “web” — never can tell! <g>
Kathleen,

Unless I start my own business, doubtful. And I absolutely do not want to offend any of the wonderful people that have given INETPUB a refuge. I just have no personal use for most DTP topics because I do online for a living. I gave up print over 7 years ago when I finally gave up and addmitted to myself that no matter how great my tech manuals were, no one read them. Ditto for online Help; but people do read my web sites. ;>

One advantage of the influx of web folk is we will be able to give you advice on your own site! And I'm going to guess your group will be MUCH more willing to listen than CS was, since CS basically ignored or did the opposite of any advice offered from INETPUB.

I do want to study it for awhile though and maybe get my bosses opinion. Topic structure is a new study area for me. My main area of expertise is usability (not CSS; that's newer to me; only about a year, hard core).

If I had the time, I would have set up my own forum... but my preferred host company only offers phpBB ($16/mo hosting) and I've heard too much about vBulletin being better, i.e., offering threads and more mods. So since I'm not ready to tackle anything on my own, I just plan to blend in here for now or a few years. <g>

If I were a millionaire with time on my hands, I'd start my own web forum, but then also a portal site for all the PHP former CS forums. Recreate the former expertise pool... I think it could be possible, but I just don't have the resources to try to start it.

Imagine if CS hadn't been so short sighted (AOL for that matter to) and accepted the fact the Internet changed the game... I hear AOL is trying to shift to more web-based now. If we had had PHP bbs 5 years ago, CS could have just shifted then instead of selling out to AOL and killing a vibrant community.

Hindsight is 20 20...

   
__________________
Dennis
dacoyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2005, 12:20 PM   #9
don Arnoldy
Curmudgeon
 
don Arnoldy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 496
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anne Wright
But I wonder if it is possible to set up forum subcategories to group the different areas of interest?
I belong to several forums that make heavy use of subcategories and it annoys the bejeezus out of me--I find the navagation tedious--it takes three clicks(with waiting for new pages) to get anywhere.

   
__________________
--don
don Arnoldy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2005, 03:26 PM   #10
Daudio
Member
 
Daudio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Royal Oak, Detroit suburb
Posts: 174
Default

Quote:
I belong to several forums that make heavy use of subcategories and it annoys the bejeezus out of me
It doesn't have to. I assume that you are annoyed because you have to click and wait to navigate to the subcatagories.

Instead have all the catagories on the same page, but arranged heirarchaly, like <h1>, <h2>, <p>.

Here is an example.

Dave
Daudio is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No DTP Forum dthomsen8 How to Use the Forum 7 05-20-2006 01:04 PM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2019 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.