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authorEric Wong <e@80x24.org>2014-04-21 09:19:13 +0000
committerEric Wong <e@80x24.org>2014-04-21 09:35:44 +0000
commitf93b46bea8cd2811d911f256447f9332b7fc6bfa (patch)
tree345a7f93bbd272ffd51fbfce0ab41473afde3797 /Documentation/design_www.txt
parent599246c3aa88ca925f854281297410b73fd6f129 (diff)
Document some of the stranger choices I've made.
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@@ -14,10 +14,41 @@ URL naming
 /$LISTNAME/f/$MESSAGE_ID                        -> 301 to .html version
 /$LISTNAME/f/$MESSAGE_ID.txt                    -> 301 to m/$MESSAGE_ID.txt
-TODO (these might be expensive)
+Maybe TODO (these might be expensive)
 /$LISTNAME/t/$MESSAGE_ID.html                   -> HTML content of thread
 /$LISTNAME/t/$MESSAGE_ID.mbox                   -> mbox content of thread
 We use file name suffixes on all of these (except /) so URLs may easily
 cached/memoized using a static file server.
+Guidelines for using limited HTML
+We mainly use HTML for linking pages together with <a>.
+We also set <title> to make window management easier.
+We favor <pre>-formatted text since public-inbox is intended as a place
+to share and discuss patches and code.  Unfortunately, long paragraphs
+tends to be less readable with fixed-width serif fonts which GUI
+browsers default to.  So perhaps we will add different endpoints for
+variable-width fonts.
+* Do not build <a> links from user-generated-content, this prevents
+  public-inbox deployments from being turned into a spam linkfarm.
+* No graphics, images, or icons at all.  We tolerate, but do not
+  encourage the use of GUIs.
+* No setting colors or font sizes, power to users to decide those.
+* No JavaScript. JS is historically too buggy and insecure, and we will
+  never expect our readers to do either of the following:
+  a) read and audit all our code for on every single page load
+  b) trust us and and run code without reading it
+* We only use CSS for one reason: wrapping pre-formatted text
+  This is necessary because unfortunate GUI browsers tend to be
+  prone to layout widening.  lynx is fine here without CSS :)
+  No other CSS is allowed, especially with scary things like:
+        http://thejh.net/misc/website-terminal-copy-paste