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Re: Spec Restyling Proposal

From: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 23:42:25 +0100
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5091BFED70C44D8E9E4B65CBD916F386@marcosc.com>

On Sunday, 1 April 2012 at 23:37, fantasai wrote:

> Hello spec-prod!
> The CSS Working Group has finally prepared a spec restyling proposal that
> we feel captures the mission of the W3C. I've sent a preview as applied to
> several of our CSS specs to www-archive:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2012Apr/att-0000/css3-images
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2012Apr/att-0000/css3-flexbox
> Below is an explanation of the motivations for our changes:
> Futuristic Look
> In keeping with W3C's mission to "lead the Web to its full potential",
> we wanted to emphasize that W3C is creating the Future of the Web.
> To show that, we chose a deep space background, which gives the design
> its futuristic feel. To preserve sufficient contrast with the background
> in keeping with the WCAG, we chose a bright yellow text color.
> Passion and Creativity
> People have the impression that creating specs at W3C is a boring,
> beaureaucratic, process-laden process. They rarely get to see the
> passionate dedication to a better Web that our Members bring to our
> discussions, such as the vibrant discussions of longdesc and video
> formats in the HTMLWG. To better reflect the passion and creativity
> of the standards process, we propose a new W3C logo creatively
> designed with animated flames.
> Diversity and Dynamism
> Symbolizing the diversity and dynamism of the Web, we chose animated
> rainbow horizontal rules to set off headings from the body text.
> A defining characteristic of 90s web design, this also gives us a more
> modern, up-to-date look by hooking us into the "retro" trends of some
> of the latest and most fashionable designers. (And by choosing the 90s
> rather than an earlier decade of visual design, we expect to remain
> ahead of the curve for awhile. Future-compatibility being one of the
> design principles of CSS, we felt this was an important consideration.)
> Under Construction
> Of course we wanted to address the concerns that people don't take the
> "under construction" nature of our specs seriously, referring to Working
> Drafts and Candidate Recommendations as if they were a done deal. To that
> end we added an "under construction" logo to the background of the text.
> So as not to interfere with the readability of the spec itself, this logo
> is only placed in the marginal gutters on either side of the spec. But to
> make sure that even people landing on ULRs with fragment IDs see it, we
> gave it a repeat-y value so that it shows up on all sections of the spec.
> (Of course for REC, the "under construction" styling would be removed.)
> Preserving Symmetry
> Tying the design together, and upholding the the classical ideals of
> symmetry--which represents our commitment to logical design decisions--
> we center-aligned all the text.
> We hope you like the new design! As you can see, we've already deployed
> it on all of the CSSWG editor's drafts:
> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/
> We look forward to seeing the new design adopted W3C-wide~

This is _exactly_ what I've been asking for! Thanks Fantasai! 

Marcos Caceres
Received on Sunday, 1 April 2012 22:42:57 UTC

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