How this website was created...
Lots of people in the past asked how the www.modssl.org website was created. The
answer in short is: Photoshop, Perl, ImageMagick,
Vim and WML. The long answer is this:
- The website's design and layout was done on a lot of stacked
layers inside Adobe Photoshop (here you can find the original PSD file
which you can also import into Gimp).
Then the layers were saved in various variants (with and without selected
buttons, etc.) as Targa (TGA) images (a common denominator lossless image
format). The layout
was inspired by a German friend's website.
- The TGA images were post-processed by a Perl
script which used the Perl
interface to ImageMagick
to cut the full-page TGA images into rectangular smaller pieces (buttons,
etc.) which are finally written out as JPEG images.
- Inside Vim a WML
template was written which resembles
the page layout via nested HTML table constructs. The border table
cells are filled with the generated images, the inner cells are left
blank as WML diversions.
- Then the set of webpages for the
website were written as WML input files in Vim and stored together with
the WML template in a filesystem hierarchy. Finally WML was run to
generate the HTML files out of the WML template and the WML input files.
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