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Board » Sailonline Race Committee » Race Calendar » SEPTEMBER 2010 DISCUSSION (In good shape but all comments/suggestions still welcome!!)

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This is the current thinking for September this year - what do you think?

The jpgs are the draft calendar.

The doc file is a cut/paste of previous years races from the SOL database.


--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-08-09 08:49:43 ---
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Next iteration - deffo taking shape!
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This is now looking good, I think!
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Hi Rainbow!

A suggestion. Is it possible to give the actual races different colours? eg.

Weekend - Green
Midweek - Blue
Ocean - Orange
Practice - Pink

I find the calender a little cluttered and confusing. Not one for practice races they detract from the calender. If it looked better Id print it out and stick it to my office wall!

There are a nice mix of new races coming up...I like! Well done, keep it up!
Jawz - thanks for the comments!! At present the screengrabs are from the YahooGroup calendar which lacks functionality. Please bear with it for now but a transition to an excel-format with colour coding etc is definitely in my mind too!! :-)

For clarification - the reference to "Practice" in the calendar is not to practice racing but merely to the opening of the race, i.e., the opening of the pre-race practice time for that race :-)

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-08-01 11:18:18 ---
This is looking pretty good - please speak up if you see something looking amiss with timings etc (apart from the week numbering which I have corrected for the next version)!

:-)

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-08-07 10:30:27 ---
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RC!
IMO this format represents a major development and improvement.
Hi RC,

i have two sugestions regarding your (quite impressiv looking) Calender:

the first is quite simple, as it is only to move the Distance and Boattype to the first appearance as practise Race. Doing so would maybe make te 'Start' Notice and Time more prominent.

The second Idea is more difficult and may need some help from Kalle or Jakob, but it may improve the Website if your Calender is displayed on the Homepage (maybe miniraturized, inheriting a Link to a larger View), giving every Visitor a quick overview what he can expect in near Future.
Another improvement would be, that you dont need to download the .xls and open another Program for viewing.

Regards
Tazumaki
Tazu

Thanks for looking at the draft calendar and for your two suggestions.

1. Race info

There is no practice mentioned in the new calendar (thus leaving it flexible for SOL to open practice when it is appropriate) so I am not really sure where I can move distance and boat-type? If you mean I should make it all one line with the name of the race then the column widths are going to be horrid!! Can you clarify please?

2. Calendar Viewing

Is this attachment better? Once the page with the image opens, click on the page and a larger pic is viewable :-)

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-08-08 18:03:48 ---
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Sorry Rainbow, i looked at the August Calender by fault (because i had two Calenders downloaded and clicked the wrong one).

As there is no more Practise mentioned in the new Calender anymore, my suggestion as posted is invalid. Distance, Boat and Racename in one single line of cause isn't usefull at all.

Another, maybe weird, Idea to make Starttime more prominent, would be to write only "Start:18:00 UTC" in huge Letters into the first Day of a Race, followed by Name, Distance and Boat on the next Day.
As Racecategories are diferentiated by Color and as it is quite unlikely that one race of a category is followed by another without at least one Day in between, that shouldn't lead to confusion. But a Visitor may notice on first sight, Friday 13th. at 18:00 UTC for Example, i'll have to be here for the Start.

Thanks for attaching the File as an Image. It's much more easy to view than an .xls, because it's shown directly in the Browser.
As a .jpg is easyly scalable, it should be possible to show a minimized Version on the Homepage, maybe above the Twitter box, inheriting a link to the Image in normal size, giving the Visitor easy acces to the Information he is potentially searching for.

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