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Minor site tweaks

January 16th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm
by Vince Twelve

I wouldn’t quite say that CSS is my bitch, but I’ve at least gotten it to let me take the ball gag out of my mouth.

I did some tweaking of the site which should be immediately apparent to any regular visitor. Most noticeably, that cool little number pad is gone from the right side navigation. I’ll talk about why in a second, but I’d just like to preserve the little guy here for posterity:

I've also made the main column significantly wider. This is because of my desire to be able to post images at a decent size without it breaking the whole damn site. (Though I may have overdone it. Tell me what you think.) I've also upped the text size because I had a few people mention to me that the text was too small before and also, with the wider column, it became difficult to read a long line of small text.

The small column on the right is also now a bit wider and has larger text as well. Additionally, the links have all been lumped into one big link category until I find the motivation to go through them, add more, and arrange them into a way that makes more sense.

There's a few more kinks hiding in my extremely messy stylesheet, (actually two because Internet Explorer sucks) and I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with those images in my new navigation, but all the problems should be fixed up soon.

And speaking of that new game navigation on the right there, changing it is something I've been meaning to do for a while now. I really liked that number pad, but it caused too much confusion. First of all, it's not clear that it leads to games, but more importantly, people kept attributing Spooks to me. While this works out great for me since Spooks is a great game, I'm sure it annoys Erin, the game's creator, to no end. After GameSetWatch recently called Spooks one of my games (now fixed), I decided that it was time to finally do something about it.

So, from henceforth, all games that I design will be listed under the "xii games" banner on the right, while every other game that I play some significant role in the production of but do not design, will go under the "other games" banner, with the proper game designer credited. Hopefully this will put a stop to that common mistake.

Plus, I have a feeling that a new game will be joining Spooks under that "other games" banner in the next few weeks, so it's good to get that redesign out of the way.

7 Responses to “Minor site tweaks”

  1. Dr. Zaiss Says:

    Ooohhh what a teaser… I can’t wait for the “other game.”

    Since you gave me CSS issues I get to give you one too. Your games menu is pushed down about 25px and off-center to the right in Firefox. Looks great in Safari though! I think I’ll start visiting in Safari. :)

  2. gnome Says:

    Well everything looks fine for me under both Firefox 2.o and IE6. Now, more “other games” you said? Lovely!

    BTW, not yet sure i prefer the banners to the dial. Still, they look fine…

  3. Vince Twelve Says:

    Well, that’s weird, Z. Is there a reason that Firefox for the Mac would read things different than Firefox for the PC? I used a browsershots application and the only browser that seemed to show the new buttons sticking out like you described was Konqueror 3.5.5 for Linux, which… pfft…

  4. Dr. Zaiss Says:

    So… it’s fixed today. Good job, whatever you did. :)

  5. Vince Twelve Says:

    Yay! I also made them all animatey today and fixed up a few other niggling CSS issues.

  6. gnome Says:

    Besides you are getting so absolutely famous :)

  7. Dr. Zaiss Says:

    And, yet again, somebody is pointing out the length of the title. Personally, I had no problem with the title. The movie “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” completely prepared me for longer-than-expected titles, and now I just embrace the fun game play.