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2 Nov 2009 03:57 pm
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (can he type?)
So, I spent about 14 hours in the Dreamwidth Styles Vortex last night trying to:
  1. Fix the flaws in the other themes of my style which I shared publicly a long time ago

  2. Make a few new styles

  3. Separate every theme out into two levels (fonts & sizes vs. colors & background images)

  4. Migrate hard-coded CSS elements to DWS2C2 elements which can be customized by the end-user via the wizard

  5. Take every single theme I separated out and put them all back together (because the wizard only allows 1 theme layer and the User layer is auto-generated, so the colors kinda have to go in the theme after all)


Well... on the minus side, I became glassy eyed, stayed up till 6am, and didn't finish. And didn't finish reading the bunch of open story tabs I meant to read either. On the plus side, I figured out how it worked and successfully got the wizard working, even though I didn't finish bringing the themes over, and it actually is pretty easy.

On the OTHER minus side, I then slept too late to go to the post office yet AGAIN (post office closes at 4, I think, until Christmas season starts. Or maybe it's 6? I can never make sense of these bizarre Finnish business hours). I have it on good authority that the package contains 3 separate pieces of Iittala china from my Wonderkilling Grandpa Bob and his wife, which is Wax's and my first wedding present of the traditional type.

I woke up today and hooked my mouse and monitor back to Six again (because a WinBorg machine will not boot up and run without interface devices - LAME), turned my computer on in server mode, and copied all the files I've accumulated there over, then turned them both off and switched back over, so I'm now booted up at home on Leia and with all the bookmarks and images I've saved in the past few weeks moved back over. Plus, like 12 hours ago Wax finally got Samba working on Kubuntu again. Apparently the problem is that it doesn't come built into KDE the way it does in Gnome. So our LAN is back at last.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (reading)
A brand-new codepush has just adjusted the layout of the Userprofile module in the sidebar (ie default icon, display name, and the add-to-circle/send message/tell a friend link icons), and it affects the Paper Me layout I've made. It's not broken, per se, because that's how they wanted it, so you can use it if you like; but if not, here's how to put it back )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (who's the pretty one?)
6 more themes for my original dreamwidth layout, Paper Me, which I posted yesterday here (same instructions, 13 other themes). Despite being a brilliant-colored creature at heart, I added some slightly more dignified/soothing/low-contrast/neutral color schemes (and also some brilliant, one might say neon-colored ones). Read more... )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (we're all mad here)
I polished up the layout that I created for my DW journal to share with everybody else. It is not a theme for the existing layouts, but a new layout with all the links in a right-hand sidebar and a text title, meant to be used with wallpaper. Also I went crazy and made thirteen themes for it. :D

ETA: Sorry, the links work now!

Paper Me - Sugary Freesias Paper Me - Emphatically Take It Paper Me - Nouveau Going Under Paper Me - Header Img

Instructions & code + 13 images & live previews )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (eyes)
~♔ We have a new niece, currently 5 days old, born to Brother Linux and his wife. (They're both my age, he's 6½ ft tall, she's like 5'3" and a wholesome beauty-queen pocket Venus, they fight crime.) Sofia Lumi (the middle name means 'snow' in Finnish) is tinier and cuter than expected.

~♔ We wanted to move, but our potential housemate fell through and we are very disappointed.

~♔ I've been tweaking the innards of my layout with an eye to cleaning up the code and offering it to share on [community profile] dreamwidthlayouts (non-official journal style community for DW-specific layouts only, which means that they, unlike the imported LJ styles, are fully compatible with all DW's awesome new functionality). I rearranged the entry and fixed the problem where floated images from my RSS feeds were overflowing their entries and messing up my reading page and FINALLY got the bottom page navigation (ie 'Previous 20 Entries') to display at the bottom of the page and not (a) in the middle of the sidebar like it was before or (b) under the last item on the sidebar (which was somewhere halfway down the page on my reading page because my reading page is usually kind of long). I don't know why applying clear:both to the page-bottom-navigation div didn't occur to me before, but it worked like a charm! Next step is to carefully remove the colors I hard-coded out of laziness from the CSS so they can be controlled completely with color properties.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (gay socks)
I thought I'd write up what I consider the main problems with the Negatives DW style and how I fixed them using CSS (not because I think that's in any way necessary, just mainly because I've spent so much goddamned time thinking about it already that I've got snippets of CSS swimming around in my brain). This will be meaningless to you if you don't know anything about CSS, but if you know some basic CSS it should be comprehensible: I'm hardly a guru, I just squint at things and use Google.

CSS, Negatives, and approximately 24 hours of my life over the past week )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (eyeroll)
Now that I've spent about 12 hours total css-styling my dreamwidth style ([personal profile] cimorene!), I like it much better than the lj style I based it on ([livejournal.com profile] cimness).

Except that I couldn't figure out why on earth the entry tags refuse to display inline, or why the currents are displaying with bullets (or more specifically, I can't find where the classes are to apply the style:none and display:inline to). I gave up temporarily. I'm sure I CAN find this information somewhere...
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (international woman of mystery)
I read a couple of people's tutorials about how to copy and paste the code wholesale from public lj layers and styles, but the thing is that most of those styles are either rejects because they're unwieldy and ugly, or because they have, like, zero functionality. For me, a full tag list is a must in a journal style, which left very few options. I decided to see what I could do with Negatives, the current dw default style, since it's already up to date with the updated core2 version of S2 (thread-expanding functionality, tracking, hover menus, etc). (I'm posting this here because I honestly have no idea where you'd put such things on DW. I get the idea that there might not be any amateur style communities yet.)

First, without any knowledge of CSS, here is how you can theoretically change the colors and font in Negatives )

How to get at the CSS of Negatives, if you know some CSS )

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