Provided that I get to fix some nasty behavior with Internet Exploer (who doesn't follow the standards, and makes us all suffer because of that) and to find out how I am supposed to accomodate it to the current Inkscape website engine, I'm going to submit this design
to this contest
As you can see
, the design is clean. It uses no tables nor frames nor any other weird elements. Its HTML and CSS validate. It seems to display reasonably well in resolutions ranging from 800x600 (a rather tight fit, but still functional) to (of course) larger ones.
I can tell that it is not the most ergonomic design, that for sure. For starters, using fixed width is usually not very desirable when you want to display a lot of text content that can vary in size. Now add to it the fact that this uses fixed height too. In small resolutions it is a tight fit, and in larger ones there is quite a lot of space wasted around it (though `horror vacui' is not one of my problems, I kinda like it with all that white space around)...
...but we are talking about a design tool here. Perhaps it is interesting to display design in the site as well, even if it cripples slightly functionality. I like the effect of the mountain top in the background. I like the choosing of Garamond for the menu items. I like the floating inkscape logo, suspended over the box border. I like the `Draw Freely.' line in pushkin's handwriting below. I like its simplicity, almost to a minimalistic extrem. I like the black on white and white on black.
I really like it, so that is that.
However, I will appreciate very much any comments and help you can provide on any aspect of the website: CSS and HTML optimization, accesibility, design, usability -- anything.