As promised in my other mail, here are some suggestions for improving
the user-friendliness of the Oxford Guide. They're not in any
particular order. I do have some other ideas stemming from a very
useful conversation with Janet, but they are a bit more complicated
and I haven't finished thinking them through (perhaps we could discuss
them in March).
- Make "The Oxford Guide" in the banner be a link to the home page.
This is how people expect websites to work these days and it keeps
tripping me up.
- Remove the recent changes display from the front page.
It's always full of spam.
(Alternatively, but harder, patch OpenGuides so unmoderated changes
don't show up in this list.)
- Switch from this style of locale/category page:
This would involve (a) editing existing pages, and (b) creating a
custom_autocreate_content.tt template something like this:
- Once the above has been done, switch the front page links to point
to the category/locale pages proper, e.g.
- Switch to the most recent version of the Google Maps API.
Version 3 of the API is much smoother and also optimised for
mobile browsing. This could be done either with an external
script - see for example
- or by patching OpenGuides. Here is the code we use on RGL:
- Edit the stylesheet so node images float to the right; compare
- Add more categories to the sidebar (see the Cambridge Guide link for an
(BTW, please don't just respond with "JFDI". It really is a very
disheartening thing to hear. For most of these things, if I had the
time and brain space to do them then I would already have done them.
However, I would be extremely happy to advise and assist anyone who is
keen to take charge of rolling the scripts I've written for RGL into
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