Along with my design tips page, I've never much liked my main
home page. I feel it is too cluttered, and has grown too large
to properly maintain. Thus I've based the new home page on the
new design page. Here's a draft:
You can see that the new page has much more colour, and
is thus more interesting to look at. It is also scalable,
from 640-pixel width, up to over 1024-pixel width. This is important
as the page will still view well on the lowest resolution monitor.
The previous home page (see below) had a fixed width of 720 pixels.
It thus can be viewed well at 800x600, but is too small for 1024-pixel
width, and too large at 640-pixel width (the Goldilocks syndrome!).
The other problem with this page is that there are lots of redundant
information such as the School of Computing link, Napier link,
and lots of old information in the central column of the page.
There is also too many graphics, which do not integrated well.
An important factor in the design is the compatability between
Internet Explorer and NetScape. Most users use Internet Explorer,
but there are still quite a number of users who still use NetScape,
especially in academia. Thus here is the home page in both Internet
Explorer and NetScape:
and in NetScape:
You can see that the pages are displayed almost in the same
form (although, as usual Internet Explorer has a slighted improved