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Looking for thoughts on HTML reports

HTML reports generated by Stone Steps Webalizer didn't change much structurally since I forked the original project back in 2004. Current HTML reports use CSS styles wherever possible and have some JavaScript niceties, such as rendering charts in JavaScript and, less-known, jumping between reports with Ctrl-Alt-Up/Down, but otherwise they remain the same monthly one-page reports with pre-formatted all-items sub-reports and a single collective index report.

At some point in the past I thought that releasing XML/XSL reports would allow people to craft any report HTML to their liking, but XSL was too cumbersome for people to embrace and after a few years of extra work I dropped them.

The project now is mostly in the maintenance more and I haven't implemented new features since about 2019, when ASN reports were added, but I cannot help but wonder how HTML reports would look like if this question was asked 10 years ago or so.

So, if you have any thoughts on how to make reports more usable and would like to share them, use one of the links below.

If you are a GitHub user, either add your comments to this discussion or create a new discussion, if it feels like the feedback might be bigger than a single post.

https://github.com/StoneStepsInc/StoneStepsWebalizer/discussions/5

If you don't have a GitHub account and don't want to create any accounts, you can create an issue on BitBucket:

https://bitbucket.org/StoneStepsInc/stonestepswebalizer/issues

Having said that, I will add that this is more of a curiosity question rather than a wish list and there may be no action on this front going forward. I certainly don't want anyone to feel like time was wasted on something that may not go anywhere.

Looking forward to any feedback.

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