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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Two huge thumbs up. I like that a lot.

  • Too wide for my typical browser window. I think the current design is easier to scan.
    • The search results contained a very, very long module name that stretched everything out (i.e., an edge case). What do you think now that I've commented it out?
      • Actually, I've restored it with a linebreak in the middle. Trivial to do in most templating systems.
      • I think it looks nice but I still prefer the traditional style. I like that I can scan straight down and see all the details without looking right/left.

        Spreading it out does have its virtues, though. However, there are long-named modules in CPAN and the design need to account for that without screwing up the whole page.
        • Yeah, I just wrote some Perl to deal with that. Of course, the search.cpan code isn't public, so I don't even know what templating language I could offer it in....
        • I like that I can scan straight down and see all the details without looking right/left.

          Same here. Lining columns up horizontally would be nice, but spreading the whole thing over the entire page width is a no-no.

          • How wide works for you?
            • Works in what sense? I’d prefer the data arranged primarily vertically, in a table something like this:

              +-----------------------+----+-------+------------+
              |                            |                    |
              | Module::Name               | xxxoo (1 review)   |
              +-----------------------+----+-------+------------+
              | short description blurb

  • Since you have >= two lines of text at the left, how about using two lines at the right when there is a developmental version and listing it under the mainstream version?
    • Well, developmental versions aren't currently listed in search results - it would be up to Graham Barr to make a change like that. (I should note that I have no connection with search.cpan.org beyond being a user.)
  • First let me congratulate you on your courage. I think it is brave that you have the guts to post a graphical presentation/mock-up and opening the discussion of it's contents. Where I come from everybody has an opinion on layout and this can generate immensely disproportionate discussions on details.

    So even I have an opinion on your mock-up as well and some feedback, which I hope you will find constructive.

    1. Headings for the columns would be nice, it is always a good idea to tag your data with some sort of