I noticed that one of the entries in the style contest
has a very cool feature: the option to sort comments chronologically instead of by thread. This style is cmshaw
's Wide Lines
layout. I asked him how he feels about his layout being used and adapted, and he was happy for me to play with it.
So what I've done at the moment is applied it to my journal as a secondary style, and I have included links from my comments page to 'Unthread comments', so that the links reload the comments page in the chronological version of his layout. This is kind of a crude kludge for the time being; what I'd really like to do is adapt his code to my layout directly. But obviously the latter is more work, especially for a clueless non-programmer like me. So if you read my journal directly rather than on your friends page, you can use this feature if you like.
If you want to apply it to your own journal it's a bit of a complicated process, but I can explain how I went about it. You need a paid account to be able to do it, though of course if cmshaw
wins the competition his style may become public and thus potentially available to free users.
Also, I pointed out to cmshaw
some potential usability issues with his layout as it is, and offered to modify it to make it more customizable by adding more named CSS classes to the HTML it generates. And he was very receptive to my ideas. So I feel all Open Source-ish now; I wish I knew what I was doing more!
|Date:||April 20th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)|
2 days after journal entry, 10:58 pm (livredor's time)
It's so lovely that you have time to do cute geeky stuff again!
We-ell, to be absolutely honest, I've been fiddling with this while I was supposed to be thesis-ing. The thesis was such a long-haul project, I got the point where I was really craving something to do that would be instantly rewarding. Sometimes playing computer games scratched that itch, but in the end I don't get that much of a sense of accomplishment from them. So I was playing with my webpage because it felt so nice to do stuff, and then the page would turn out all pretty. Rather than spend a whole day working and have nothing to show for it at the end but an incrementally bigger thesis.
Thank you! You are my web design guru, you know. When I was first starting out with this, I was learning from your book, and then your webpage was my inspiration, and I kept looking up all the stuff you put up for the language school kids to help with HTML.
Not sure about the icon-fitting-inage
Can you explain exactly what you mean by that, please? I'm not particularly attached to the way I've incorporated the icons into the style; I definitely want them to be there, but I'm open to suggestions. Which icons in particular are you talking about? The ones associated with posts, the one at the top of the page, the ones in comments? Or all of them?
|Date:||April 20th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)|
2 days after journal entry
Can you explain exactly what you mean by that, please?
Sorry, I spend far too much time expecting sentences to mean what I want them to mean, and not enough time making sure they actually match up to how other people use the words. I meant in the posts - it looks a bit forced, having square icons butting up against that pretty rounded border. You could try centering (oh hell, I've forgotten how we spell that in English - HELP!!) it because then it would balance the straight line at the top in the middle, or making it display with a border like the border you're using for the posts, which wouldn't help the shape, but would unify it a bit more so it wouldn't matter.
I'm not much of an HTML guru any more, I fear. HTML moved on while I wasn't looking. Although I did just learn about style sheets, which was fun. I hijacked one of Dreamweaver's samples.
oh, and, modify original statement to read "It's so lovely that you have time to do cute geeky stuff without feeling guilty again."