Pascal Poll - Web Site Look
Bill Catambay, Pascal Central Editor

Pascal Central Poll #2

Pascal Central Web Site Look

Pascal Central has had the same frames-free menu look since it's beginnings back in 1996. In May of 2000, however, I decided it was time for a change. I wanted to put some of the more popular links in a side bar, but didn't know whether I should use frames or not. I decided to put the fate of Pascal Central's new look into the hands of Pascal programmers. A variety of choices were provided, and Pascalians got to choose which option they preferred. The results of the poll are as follows:

Option 1

Adding a sidebar frame is a good idea, but only for the main page.

Option 2
Adding a sidebar frame is a good idea, and it should be propogated to all the pages (i.e., the sidebar should always be available).
Option 3
Adding a frame is a good idea, but it would be better as a toolbar at the bottom of the page.
Option 4
Add frames, javascript, animated GIFs, and all the other bells and whistles that you can.
Option 5
Don't do it! Leave the pages frames-free. I've been very happy with it's simple look and feel, and think frames would degrade the site. 56%



No Frames



No Frames




It appears the majority of folks prefer the simple no-Frames look of the site, and so I have honored that decision. Pascal Central received a new make-over on 6-20-00, and you will note that there are no frames to be found. The side bar is static, containing useful links, and only appears on the main page. Considering every page in Pascal Central contains a link back to the main page (by way of the Blaise icon), this made perfect sense.

In any case, I'd be very interested to hear what people think of the new look.

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