It’s been a while since this blog has actually seen some news, so here it is.
AirHead and I are hard at work on w2, the next generation of Wintendo. The backend is getting completely rewritten, much better optimized and getting the bug fixes that users have been complaining about since the original beta was released. Meanwhile, I’m working hard to try and bring the site fresh new designs that will hopefully appeal to almost anyone’s tastes, while ensuring they will work in all the popular browsers. I’ve got the default theme done, and the report on it will follow shortly. However, I’m also eager to elaborate on another feature of wintendo — IRC and MewServ. IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat–the largest and most widely-used protocol for connecting users live, and it is what we use for our live chatrooms. Recently we gained two new IRC servers that are ours to use for allowing users to chat in realtime. With this, we also must develop with IRC in mind, and that’s where MewServ comes in. MewServ is an IRC bot that was programmed by myself almost a year ago; long overdue for additional features and support for website integration. Well, I’m very proud to say that MewServ will soon be integrated with w2, making it much easier to connect users and allow them to access a wide variety of features right from the chatroom. Additionally, with our own servers, MewServ will also be used for many other features like creating private chatrooms for users engaged in a match scheduled on the site, guiding users who would generally be very shy to the IRC network through its features and allowing them to take advantage of its full potential.
Well, as promised, here is the report of the new design for Wintendo.
- Design Summary
- w2’s default design is light, featuring blue highlights and soft gray tones. It is very easy on the eyes and with support for different hues, this should appeal to almost anyone’s tastes. The layout is attractive and allows for specific features to be displayed where they need to be, reducing clutter and keeping things organized and easy to use.
- The design uses only CSS for styling, so it can easily be adapted and modified; additionally, as CSS stylesheets are cached by the browser, the design is optimized and with minimal images, pages should load quickly without sacrificing quality.
- Known Issues
- Finally, there is a concern with alignment on the internet explorer rendered design; input buttons are not aligned properly with CSS’s
text-align, nor do they align with the addition of
<right />tag. Because of this, I’m going to leave the buttons as they are for the time being until I can find a hack for IE that aligns them to the right when I need them to be. Additionally, for some unknown reason, the tables that set up perfectly fine in standards-complaint browsers (Firefox, Safari, Opera) lose their shape in internet explorer and look, quite frankly, terrible. I’m working on this and I will have it fixed before the site is launched, for sure.
- Other than the above issues in, not surprisingly, Internet Explorer, the design loads perfectly fine in the standards-compliant browsers and works much better than expected, actually.
That is all I can reveal for now. Expect further updates from AirHead on the backend soon.