So, I really struggled on what I wanted to say for last week's class and this is pretty much all I came up with so far, and I'm not sure there's enough there to make a whole class out of anyway. If you have any questions about that topic, let me know--maybe I can fill it in some.
Alright, CSS folks, the Custom CSS area of the customization wizard is where you'll be working. You can read some details of the Custom CSS area here. One main restriction you'll run into: no @import statements.
It's pretty simple, but if you have questions, ask away.
Advanced Customization Area
Alright, S2 folks, your reading for the week is this Style System Overview. You should learn the following topics:
- What a layer is
- What the differences are between core, layout, theme, and wizard layers is
- How to create and manage layers
- How to use the layer editor to make changes to a layer
- How to use layers to make a new style
- Layerinfo settings
Custom CSS folks: put some CSS into the Custom CSS area of a layout, if you've never done that. If you're going to be doing a CSS style from scratch, pick a base layout to build off of and see what it looks like with the default stylesheet turned off. That's what you'll have to work with! As an alternative, you can use the plain theme of Tabula Rasa--it's CSS is minimal and mainly aims at making the various columns mode and wizard options like fonts, images and colors work, and preventing a few display issues. The rest is up to you. It can be useful and easier to keep its stylesheet.
- Make a new layout layer and put in the S2 Testbed Layout. If you don't have a paid account or don't want to use up a layer on your Dreamwidth account, remember that you can make a test account on my dev server. Use layerinfo settings to make the source viewable and the layer public.
- Comment and try to explain to us, in your own words/diagrams/however, what the core/layout/theme/wizard layers are for and the order they go in. If you can't do this, then ask questions about what confuses you!