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Best Minerals: lay-out

Posted by Harjo Neutkens  
avatar Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 06:11PM
For those eager to participate in the Best Minerals project... here's a lay-out proposition for the introduction:


Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2010 10:32PM by Harjo Neutkens.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 09:26PM
We could use a standard layout for the articles, but there is a lot in you above suggested layout that I think needs changing or agreeing on. Perhaps you mean the above to not be a template for the entire article, but rather just to show the suggested line spacing for articles once you get past the introductory stuff? I notice you have only one space between the pictures. This is the way I was originally structuring the articles, but you suggested that there should be two line spacings between the images and in the example above you have gone back to one line spacing? When we agreed on the two line spacing, I went back and changed all the articles I had done to two line spacings between the images. It will be a lot of work to now change them back to one line spacing.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 09:36PM
Rock, the one or two line spacing is not an issue for me. It depends on the spacing between the adjacent photos.
When there's a broader line between the photos I use two lines, when there's a narrow line between the two I use one line. So, don't change anything back Rock, your articles are the best!!
I'm also OK with one large photo with two adjacent smaller ones above each other, I hope to see all creativity unleashed winking smiley
The above proposition is to give an idea of how to make a clean lay-out, indeed, as you mentioned, for the part past the introductory stuff.
I hope anyone with ideas about the lay-out will post their comments here.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2010 10:34PM by Harjo Neutkens.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 09:43PM
For the locality entries one could use this format:


When the adjacent photos have a wide spacing you can leave an extra blank line between the photos

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2010 10:39PM by Harjo Neutkens.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 10:36PM
Rock, I changed the messages.... I just realised that not all present here can click the edit button to have a look at the code.....
Now I posted it differently, I hope it's clear like this.


avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 10:37PM

OK, I tend to agree that the line spacing between the images is not a big deal and I think you are correct in your aesthetic judgement on one or two line spacings depending on the space between the pictures. We should talk about this in the introductory section so future authors can have some guidelines. I also do not see how it would make any difference to the eventual transfer of what we are creating to a database format. I think it might be time to rewrite the Welcome to the Best Minerals Forum. The bottom part of the article is an attempt to set forth an example of the format that we are trying to follow in these articles. Perhaps that part should be split out into a separate format example. Would you be willing to rewrite that section as a separate article in the welcome section. If there is anything in the format section example I gave using the Aluminium article you should feel free to use that and when you are done, we should scrap that part of the welcome section and for format advice refer users to your new section.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 10:44PM
I'll have a look at it winking smiley
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 28, 2010 11:01PM
Rock, what do you think if we would suggest the lay-out this way:

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2010 11:02PM by Harjo Neutkens.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 29, 2010 07:22AM
If you decide to write up the format thing for future contributors I think your idea of showing what the edit field above is a very good one. I think you should first show for example what the introductory stuff looks like in reality and then just after that what it looks like in the edit mode. Then show what a page of various images look like, first a big one centered, then two on a line, followed by three on a line and then a tall one with two smaller ones to the right and what ever other combinations you can think of. Then follow it with what the edit view with the code looks like. What do you think? You up for that?

If you are, start a net thread in the Best Minerals general section and make it sticky so it will be at the top and give it a name something like Instructions for Authors.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 29, 2010 08:10AM
Yes Rock, I think that would be a good idea. I'll have ago at it this week.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 29, 2010 01:07PM
Look here: for the guide for Best Minerals lay-out.
avatar Re: Best Minerals: lay-out
November 29, 2010 07:54PM
I have deleted what I have written about the formatting of the best minerals articles. I may make a few suggestions about things you can add to your formatting article. Really fine work. A breath of fresh air.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

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