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WP - "An explosion in a crayon factory" (18 posts)

  1. Mark (podz)
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    I put together a blog.
    I've tried to style as many elements of the default install as I can.
    It's colourful.
    (NuclearMoose described it as "an explosion in a crayon factory!").
    Hopefully it will persuade a few people that you don't need to resort to tables and html to get effects, you can do it all - and more - just using CSS.
    I hope it's useful :)
    http://www.mfr.f2s.com/1css/
    (Because my aim was not to alter any other code, those posts may occasionally drop off the front page. I'll try to remember to republish them with new dates)

  2. shadow
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks Podz - very handy and a great tool for beginners like myself :)
    Great work!

  3. Stevarino
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    "An explosion in a crayon factory" is right on... Very, ugh, colorful. I love it! :)
    But while the colors are great (in their own special way of course), you don't take advantage of any positioning or other such css attributes. I think that's what will really persuade some table-advocates.
    And right now I think WP has a bigger problem with the frame/iframe script-kiddies than ancient table fogies (IMO of course). :)

  4. Mark (podz)
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    A more advanced use of CSS is 'in the works' but I wanted this one to have nothing altered except the CSS.
    To use more techniques could have ended up with me wanting or needing to alter other files, even if it is just 'index.php' and I really wanted to avoid that.

  5. WildDuck
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    oh my god! i had to put sun glasses on

  6. Root
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Nice work podz. Kills off that CSS is boring myth.

  7. Joni
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Go to http://www.csszengarden.com to see what can be done with JUST a CSS stylesheet. See how varied the designs are. All the designers worked with the SAME MARKUP, yet their designs are all breathtaking and unique. Someday, I, too, will be able to write such a stylesheet. Meanwhile, I can just sit in awe of those that can.
    Podz, curious. Where did you get your tiled background or did you make it? I'd love that background and have the stylesheet pick up some of the muted colors from it.

  8. Mark (podz)
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    I agree about Zengarden - fantastic place - but it's not a wordpress install.
    And all the images on the index are from Squidfingers.

  9. Root
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    podz scanned in a bit of his lounge carpet and made it up into a bg :)

  10. Joni
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Root, that is too funny.

  11. Anonymous
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    What Stevarino said about the positioning. There are already many inventive examples on Alex King's site, proving you don't have to change index.php to move the sidebar, for example. You can even hack a 3-col look. These things are much more likely to impress table users than a bunch of ugly backgrounds.

  12. Root
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Anon you clearly have no idea what podz site is actually for, or the work which went into it. Or who the people are who stand to benefit from it. And please do not get me started on CSS positioning here.

  13. Mark (podz)
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    @Anon - I look forward to your contribution.

  14. Mark (podz)
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    I have no idea .... on this blog I put them back in .. for neatness sake more than anything.

  15. duches77
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Yikes! That IS colorful.
    Stevarino - fogies??? Wow... I feel old. lol
    I don't have much trouble with the colors, but my issue is positioning. I'm terrible at figuring out pixels and the resolution/window size issues that go along with them.
    However, I did find some very handy reference cards at VisiBone. He's got a set of three cards available, one each of HTML, CSS, and Special Characters. He also has other cards for JavaScript and hex color codes. Very handy stuff, I must say. Plus, the guy who makes them is really nice. They're definitely worth looking into for those of us with bad memories who have to program out of a book. ^^;; LOL

  16. Stevarino
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    duches77: No offense, just manipulating a little peer-pressure ;)
    And my memory is absolutely terrible as well, however one nice thing about being a web-developer is the constant access to google.

  17. Anonymous
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    I thought the page was to demonstrate the flexibility of CSS, which like it or not includes the ability to position page elements, but apparently its sole purpose is the display of ugly backgrounds, for the benefit of people who enjoy ugly backgrounds. Apologies for the mistake.

  18. Mark (podz)
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    Posted 10 years ago #

    FFS ....
    Following this, and quite a few other sharp criticisms, I have felt the need to clarify on that page just what it's purpose is. Go read it.
    For the benefit of Anon, I'll spell it out:
    TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE LEARN SOMETHING MORE ABOUT WORDPRESS CSS
    That okay ?
    If you know lots of CSS, then
    1 - give us a url so we may all appreciate your glorious efforts to push forward the boundaries of styling
    2 - do not criticise something which is not aimed at you.
    Also @anon, if you had read that page, you would see it mentions that more advanced use of CSS (which means positioning) will be covered in another blog.
    I've got to stop now because I am so hugely p*ssed off at the flak I'm getting for doing this.
    (Note: this does not include any people who have their names in this thread)

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