I fiddled around with the online appearance of the draft HIG a bit yesterday… basically created a CSS for it, to try and prettify the raw docbook->HTML output somewhat. Here’s an example of the old and new look.
It’s very much work in progress, as I’m kind of learning about stylesheets and docbook customisation as I’m going along, and there are a few obvious bugs and things I haven’t got to yet. But I hope you’ll already find it a bit easier to read… personally, I’m quite pleased with the tables 🙂
Hopefully we’ll be able to push out a HIG 2.2 release fairly soon, after which I’d like to see us do a bit of an overhaul on the whole document. IMHO it’s getting too big and wordy, and isn’t really laid out as helpfully as it might be. I’m thinking we might want to focus more on the types of UI that developers are actually trying to create (document editor, applet, desktop preference dialog etc.), rather than have them piece together the information from a chapters about windows, menus, and controls.
But at the end of the day, you’re the people who have to use it… let us know what you think!