[Marketing] Re: [OSGeo-Edu] Guidelines/Template for OSGeo HTML Documentation

Helena Mitasova wrote:

On Jul 7, 2008, at 6:41 PM, Landon Blake wrote:

This topic deals with the preparation of educational material, but I thought that it might be related to the work of the Marketing Committee, and eventually the OSGeo Journal, so I added this message to all three (3) lists.

I’d like to start work soon on a simple converter that moves OSGeo educational material from Docbook to HTML. I’d specifically like to start testing a documentation tool chain with this converter for the English Free GIS Book and the Starter Dictionary.

I imagined using two (2) CSS files for the output HTML documentation. One could be used for online viewing, and one for hardcopy printing.

I think this is a good idea. It is what we have ended up using for the NCSU GIS program (at least for now).

I’m fairly handy with CSS and HTML, but I was hoping to get some direction for the creation of the style sheets. Do we have an OSGeo color scheme somewhere? Does the OSGeo have a preferred font family for online documentation?

(I know that I can get a logo from here: http://www.osgeo.org/logos)

Should I make the stylesheets follow the color palettes contained in this document?: http://download.osgeo.org/osgeo/logos/OSGeo_logo_guide.pdf

I suggest yes.

We are currently in the process of reviewing the latest CI update from a designer and will update the referenced document in the next two weeks. This will mainly include color palettes and the logo update.

I have added fonts as a topic for our next Marketing meeting agenda. Currently a lot of old stuff is available in Arial, Verdana and Garamond but the tendency is to move to "Nimbus Sans L" - but this is not official policy yet.

Even if I use those color palettes, I’ll likely need to add some colors for things like visited and unvisited hyperlinks.
I thought it would be good to set my style sheets up so they could be used in other OSGeo online documentation, and especially for other projects coming from the education committee. It would also be great to see the same style sheets used for online versions of OSGeo Journal articles, if we ever get around to building a web presence for the Journal.

I’m not too fussy about things like colors and fonts. I just want to set the style sheets up to use what everyone else is using.

it would be nice if we have a graphic designer or at least somebody with graphics background help
out to give the documents a professional look and feel.


We have a budget to do this kind of thing, I will add this topic for the next meeting.

Best regards, Arnulf.

I appreciate any comments or suggestions on this topic.


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