[Slackbuilds-users] New layout of https://slackbuilds.org/

Erik Hanson erik at slackbuilds.org
Thu Jan 25 06:01:38 UTC 2018

On 01/24/2018 07:06 PM, Fernando Lopez wrote:
> i know... but why to remove it from the search bar... now i have to do
> an extra step...

Add a search bookmark to your browser, and then you have one less step
from before. For years I've had it so I can type "sbo whatever" in the
address field and it goes straight to the search results, in Chrome,
Firefox, etc. You've been given tools to make life easier, you should
use them.

That aside, the search box caused broken layout for many people, for as
long as it existed. It's neigh-on-impossible to wedge a form element
into an existing layout, because apparently every browser has some
slightly different way of rendering things, and there's just no good way
around it. Many attempts were made, and it could look good for one
person in a specific browser, but broken/ugly for everyone else. The
move to a separate search page is, in my opinion, a necessary compromise.

For anyone confused or angry about the recent changes, let me explain
the motivation. The old CSS used a fixed width, a mix of scaled and
fixed font sizes, .gif files for graphics, and these things caused it to
not render correctly for a lot of people. The search box was
frankensteined in at some point, and it never really "fit in" in a lot
of use cases. For me, it always seemed to hang off the right side.

The CSS changes are meant to fix these issues, making the site render
consistently across browsers, mobile or desktop, minimum font sizes,
zoom levels, large and small displays with low or high DPIs, etc. This
is an attempt to make things better for everyone, and I genuinely hope
people can see that.


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