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[REBOL] Re: LIBRARY: First public release ready for viewing

From: gerardcote:sympatico:ca at: 2-Mar-2003 13:12

Hi Gregg and other Library Team members, What a nice work you did. Congratulations for the sustained effort. Your beta version is a lot good even now. And to help you to keep up the good work to the quality level you already attained, I'll try to test the most of the implemented facilities and give you some feedback about my own feeling when using it : 1. I found the light blue color of almost all the pages other then the first one (Home) looking better than the first one itself (light Grey). Maybe it's just a matter of taste but at least it should be kept uniform on all pages. 2. When speaking of uniformity, if you try Viewing the first one-liner code, it displays on the right side of the screen while almost every script I looked at was displayed below instead, leaving empty the right side of the screen. In any case - if easible- the right side of the screen could be filled up with some code or if too large to fit there, an indication could be left in this free zone to invite the reader to look below. 3. As you already mentioned in your presentation, there is no way for now to submit any new script but there is no more way to leave you any comment - or at least I didn't find any when I quickly looked for. 4. And go for a small suggestion - for a future add-on maybe - it could be useful (to beginners) to consider the addition of a third, fourth and/or fifth links (respectively labeled "design", docs" and "history") going aside each entry listed when a search is displaying its results. For example : when asking for the keyword "parse" in the search box, I got many results, each one accompanied by a view and a download hyperlinks. so my suggestion is to add 3 other links as labeled above. In fact they could (should) be offered by the creator of every new submission (or any volunteers wanting to offer its help in doing so) to help newcomers (and others alike) to overcome the evident gap that goes along with every script whatever the language is used to solve the problem at hand. so the creator or the volunteer could briefly explain his designs concerns (description of the problem to solve and assumptions taken into account, data structures used and operations to implement over them - followed by some minimal user guide or use samples - and keep every old useful versions with restrictions that applied then). Maybe I am dreaming but I am sure it could help a lot of ppl. to learn quicker and better from these Library scripts. However I also know the time and discipline required to do this and I can only offer my help if this is accepted somewhere in the process - but I don't despair if most of what has already been done until now will probably never be documented at all other than what is available now... And finally - I know I am repeating myself but it deserves it entirely - very nice work from you the Library guys. Keep up and may be you will be able to recruit more ppl to help you maintaining the library now than when it started ... Sorry for being off-list again. Sickness and other body work studies (massage therapy) will keep me aside from REBOL programming for at least another couple of months! Hope to rejoin ranks soon after I finished my studies ... Best Regards, Gerard P.S. Where can I find information about finding and linking myself to the REBOL World on the AltMe server. Never found it and I don't know who to join to connect to it - getting a user name and password. Can someone help in this way ? Seems I missed a lot of exchanges in the last months on the IOS server.