murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Wed Apr 26 16:26:22 CEST 2006
Romain Francois wrote:
> Dear R users and developpers,
> My question is adressed to both of you, so I choose R-help to post it.
> Are there any plans to jazz up the main R website : http://www.r-project.org
> The look it have now is the same for a long time and kind of sad
> compared to other statistical package's website. Of course, the
> comparison is not fair, since companies are paying web designers to draw
> lollipop websites ...
There have been various suggestions along these lines (check the
archives), but there are a number of constraints that make the problem
- there are two web sites, www.r-project.org and cran.r-project.org
with different needs. In particular, CRAN must be very low tech because
it is mirrored on very diverse sites (including local copies, e.g. on a
- There are a lot of busy people who need to edit these pages
occasionally, so a stable, standard, simple setup is extremely
desirable. That means simple HTML to be edited in a text editor, no
These requirements are quite hard to meet, so expect changes to the web
sites to be very time consuming, and possibly rejected en masse in the end.
> My first idea was to organize some kind of web designing contest.
> But, I had a small talk with Friedrich Leisch about that, who said that
> I shouldn't expect too many competitors.
> So, what about creating a small team, create a home page project and
> then propose it to the core team.
> It goes without saying it : The core team has the final word.
> What do you think ? Who would like to play ?
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