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Same Height CSS Columns in Action on my site...

From: Aoirthoir An B.
Sent on: Thursday, September 4, 2008 4:57 AM
Alright yens, I sent an email with a link to how to get same height columns working. Well I've been fiddling around and it's working on my new site. Here is the email I sent out with the boring details about the thoughts behind the site. So skip the stuff you are not interested in. The sites a COBOL advocacy site and we will be working a lot with the folks from the Open Cobol project, a free and open source COBOL compiler. And it's the DICKENS! Dang that thing works like crazy. In any case here is the site:

And here is the email I sent to the folks that are helping me with add1tocobol.

Howdy Yall!

I've gotten the basic HTML and CSS done for the
site. I added two characters that our artist had drawn. I want to get
yall's feedback on the art, and on the site itself.

The theme is something along the lines of "Not your granddad's COBOL."
Our team didn't like the ring of that, so I am fine with
changing it. Essentially though, in a way we're kind of the rebels now, not
the young kids. They're doing the same thing everyone else is doing while
we cobolers are breaking from the beaten path. That's the message I want
to send with the site. So the characters will play into that. Currently I just have
the same two on every page. But as we go along, we'll be able to get more
from our artist (Robert). I'll then incorporate them into the site.

As always, I shot for clean and strict HTML4 and CSS that validates. So the
code for those is relatively light. I created a template from there in PHP. My
desire is, as quickly as possible to move those templates to cob files instead.
The main thing there is that I was not able to get my compiled OC programs to
run on dreamhost the last time I tried. I didn't understand how to include all of
the libraries I needed directly in my binary. So if we are able to accomplish
that, then we're doin great and I can start outputting the code from Cobol
instead of php for these pages. Or if we are able to install libraries locally.

The content of the site I thought would be interesting to be in COBOL rather
than just normal English. I've not really got any content currently, except the
menu and the Author page. But the menu is the base of a COBOL program.
If you have time soon, I'd like to chew on your ear and see what you think
where certain parts of a typical COBOL program should point to on our
site. For instance:

Author. Contributors

right now points to a list of contributors to the add1tocobol thing (currently
just three of us).

PROGRAM ID. I figured should be an ABOUT us.

FILES SECTION. Well that to me is pretty obvious. Downloads.

WORKING STORAGE section could be for an email list? forum? todo lists?

Anyhow you get the idea. When the user hovers the mouse over a tooltip
could explain more about the menu option. We'll see.

I've deliberately kept the site mostly plain. It can be spruced up a bit
but if we go with the COBOL code as content theme, I think plainer
is better. Except perhaps for green lined paper as a background.

Thanks Kindly,
Joseph James Frantz

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