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Hard News: Do you like what we've done with the place?

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  • matthewbuchanan, in reply to Sacha,

    Correct. On Windows we’ve disabled the titles/button font specifically, as the rendering is not up to par. We’re considering alternatives that are hinted to work better with ClearType. The body copy is still displayed in FF Tisa by default, but can be switched back to Georgia using the Disable link in the footer.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Current annoyance - #replies

    If I click on another page of comments, the URL has #replies, which (in theory) loads the page scrolled down to the anchor at the start of the comments section.

    But in actuality it doesn't quite work that smoothly - at least not in Safari.

    See, the page takes a while to load and the jump down to the anchor point doesn't happen until the whole page has loaded. So the page starts to load, displaying initially right at the top. Because I know how to work the internets, I'll manually scroll down and start reading the comments. All is well until the page fully loads and then - doof! - it flicks up to the anchor point at the start of the comments, leaving me to again scroll down to where I'd previously got to.

    I'd rather have the page load without the anchor point.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Looks and reads like print media yet I have trouble wrapping my rubbish and getting my fish and chaips in it - The big plus is the change doesn't have those "thumbs up/thumbs down likes/dislikes thangs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Yikes! You go away for a couple of days and look what happens to the place.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I'd quite like a search function that I can use to find PAS peeps, and their contact details.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    There is a search function. Just enter the name of the peep and it will take you to one of their comments and from there you'll get whatever contact details they're prepared to share.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew M,

    Sorry to be a party-pooper, but I don't like the typeface - an odd choice for a blog I would have thought. Disabling Typekit helps but doesn't change the underlying problem.

    Content is just as good as ever, thankfully!

    Since Nov 2010 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    the name of the peep

    A lesser-known Umberto Eco novel, I believe.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Danielle,

    A peep by any other name may be a sock puppet.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Jamie,

    RSS feeds for individual writers = YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    Waitakere • Since Jul 2009 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Wilfred Verkley,

    Love seeing the template change in response to feed back...great work

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    That's interesting; my view on Comic Sans was informed by a disabilities officer on campus who pointed me to some literature on typography and general readability. There is obviously some controversy there.

    I will admit I have low level dyslexia and that I find Comic Sans every hard to read, but as someone who routinely tells people to not confuse correlation for causation also I won't claim that my anecdotal data trumps the recommendations of a professional body.

    I also use a pale yellow background for my slides these days; I'm actually going for a faux Art Deco look at the moment for no particularly good reason.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    There’s a few things I don’t like about the new site:

    (i) it doesn’t work under Netscape 6.2 (the most recent posts are inaccessible as the slideshow doesn’t work; the headings and boxes are positioned over text; discussion turns are indented in stepwise fashion; and discussion text doesn’t display at all). Probably not a serious problem, as I must be the last person left using that browser (or indeed, Mac OS 9). But still – one of the great things about the previous site was that it was pretty much a universal experience across all browsers.

    (ii) As a few others have noticed, the archives of formerly active blogs seem to have been lost (with the sole exception of Heat).

    (iii) there are several small errors in the headings and attributions of earlier posts (2003-2005) in the archives (where part of the author name is missing, or the name is amalgamated with the post date).

    (iv) the apparently random numbers attached to multi-author series, e.g. “Foreign Field/ Foreign Field 1/ Foreign Field 2…” don’t help.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1942 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn, in reply to Danielle,

    Yep, I also think that, but warning at this point – I am just catching up after being busy for a couple of days, so perhaps someone has already said what I’m saying.

    EDIT: And yes, I was right. But gosh, there's some clever stuff and interesting observations on this site going on. It'll take forever (for me, heh) to figure out what the heck it all means.

    And Colin looks like a real cool cat. Very laid back:))

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    I love Ariel. It is SOooo much easier to read!!!

    Sans Serif lives!!!!!

    People who use (eg) Times New Roman in Power Point have to take the brunt of my dislike before, during and after their presentation!

    I would have no problem with the posting window/column scrolling and all the PS info being left on the right hand side of the screen and NOT moving. Easier than having to scroll all the way up the page.

    (……I can smell a keystroke shortcut to the top of the page coming…..}


    Edit: Hmmm.....maybe not about the scrolling "special" window...I suddenly recalled issues with a page like that but I think it was because the window was not wide enough.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to HORansome,

    So what font do you like to use currently for your power point? I'm not surprised that there is great diversity of font preference considering that we all have individual vision preferences and assume others see what and how we see. My colleague's father has made a life's work out of designing type faces and the children have one named after each of them. I quite like this clear one that you write your post in, but don't like the one it transforms into for the public thread.

    I still think comic sans is a non-threatening inclusive font, good for information sheets. Like plain language, it can be readily understood by children.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    At the moment I am using Delicious, which is a sans serif font with a unique look for each character. I have a few problems with it, mostly the "g," but it is easy to read and is weighted in such a way that bold type, italic type and Roman type sentences all take up the same space (i.e. if you bold something in the presentation it doesn't much up the pagination). 'Tis a free font, too, which is always good.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to HORansome,

    I like that Delicious - has that nice rounded a.Thanks.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    This discussion about font design for dyslexia has some useful links.

    snap – it’s about Delicious, and has a sample at the top

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Hope you are having a quiet Saturday, Russell, as. SPADA did get more than it two bobs value out of you. Despite the programme initially looking rather thin (and no David Putnam), there was some good stuff–such as the sessions on Japanese co-prods and the Aussie film industry, and the really fun Paki Up one.

    No problems with the new regime for me but it does fill up all the corners on my iPod.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Hmmm...having a few probs with the editing process

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Lilburn,

    Can barely read the font in Chrome. Checked in IE + looks fine there though.

    South Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Is this the active thread? No matter, dropping this in here anyway.

    From @laurenist on Twitter

    The Notorious N.M.A. animated a currency wars rap battle. With pandas. This is special, guys,really special.

    It is indeed.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to ,

    I have never forgiven myself for being a touch rude about your spelling back in the early days and before I knew better and realized it is perfectly fine.One thing I sometimes have problems with is distinguishing between zero and 'O' in passwords.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Yeah, but that's because we're old and our eyes are going ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

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