[Rd] Jazzing up the Task Views index page

Berend Hasselman bhh at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 21 15:01:58 CET 2012

On 21-02-2012, at 13:58, Barry Rowlingson wrote:

> A little while ago here we had a short discussion about Task Views - I
> think ignited by someone saying 'how many times do I have to say "have
> you read the Optimisation Task View?"?' and I poured some fuel on that
> fire by saying "Task Views" was a stupid name.
> Anyway, I did say that Task Views were rather brilliant, but were let
> down by their hidden position on the R web sites (tucked away as the
> third element of a sub-menu of a CRAN mirror site linked to by the
> CRAN link from the Download menu on the main R home page). The index
> page is rather plain, so I designed a more engaging one. The result of
> my effort is now here:
> http://www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/~rowlings/R/TaskViews/
> Having done that, I even considered that something like that could
> replace the R Homepage. Giving new visitors an idea of the vast range
> of techniques and application areas available in R would seem to be
> better than the current graphic which has been there since perhaps
> 2004.
> Comments, thoughts, flames, etc?

Looks really nice. I think you did a very good job.
Two suggestions:

1. make each image the same hight.
2. make each box the same height and width. Would be more restful to the eyes. It's a bit chaotic now.

Something similar for the R home page would be very nice.


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