HIG Nip/Tuck

I fiddled around with the online appearance of the draft GNOME Human Interface Guidelines a bit yesterday... basically created a stylesheet for it, to try and prettify the raw docbook->HTML output somewhat. Here's a comparison of the old and new look.

It's very much work in progress, as I'm kind of learning about stylesheets and docbook customisation as I'm going along, and there are a few obvious bugs and things I haven't got to yet. But I hope you'll already find it a bit easier to read... personally, I'm quite pleased with the tables :)

Hopefully we'll be able to push out a HIG 2.2 release fairly soon, after which I'd like to see us do a bit of an overhaul on the whole document. IMHO it's getting too big and wordy, and isn't really laid out as helpfully as it might be. I'm thinking we might want to focus more on the types of UI that developers are actually trying to create (document editor, applet, desktop preference dialog etc.), rather than have them piece together the information from a chapters about windows, menus, and controls.

But at the end of the day, you're the people who have to use it... let us know what you think!

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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