i'm new to wordpress but not to css. i installed 1.5 for the first time last night, and i wanted to play around with the stylesheets.
first, i was unable to modify any theme files from the theme editor. the message at the bottom of the screen said, "if this file was writable, you could edit it." do i need to reset the permissions to the theme files? if so, what permissions should i use?
second, i tried modifying the theme files in dreamweaver and then replacing the files on the server. i found that any modification i made to the default theme style.css file, even if it was just a color change, resulted in the entire stylesheet showing up as the name of the theme in the "themes" page. i'm certain that all the comment tags and style tags were closed properly.
i tried uploading a copy of the default theme with revised headers so that i could play around with the styles in a copy of the theme, and i had the same issue with the entire stylesheet showing up in the theme name.
i created an empty theme whose only element was a style.css file containing only the sample header that i copied and pasted from the codex theme development page. when i uploaded that, i once again had the bizarre theme name issue.
obviously, i'm doing something wrong, but i can't figure out what it is. any suggestions?