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Top 5 Design Tips for Skinning Plone

This was originally posted on blogger here.

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Tip 5 - Centered Design
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- Fixed width
#visual-portal-wrapper {
width: 980px;
margin-left:auto;
margin-right:auto;
}

- Liquid Design
#visual-portal-wrapper {
width: 980px;
margin-left:20%;
margin-right:20%;
}

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Tip 4 - integration of IE
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- put all stuff in IEFixes.css
- Write styles for IE7 first
- Then hack your styles for other IE version
- portal top is top part of Plone
- For IE6 and lower hack:
// Below is IE7 , Firefox, and Safari
#portal-top {
background: blue;

}
// below is IE6 version
html #portal-top {
background:red;
}
- easy to use
- almost no chance of breakage
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Tip 3 - Styles alterations
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- different sections styling
- site root
- news: blue
- products:orange
- events: yellow;
- about:green
how:
body.section-news {
background-color: blue;
}
body.section-products {
background-color: orange;
}
// This is auto-written and any_custom_view could be working_group.pt
body.template-any_custom_view {
background-color: spotted duck;
}
// example
body.template-working_group_view.pt {
background-color: spotted duck;
}
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Tip 2 - Drop down menus
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- Suckerfish for Plone 2.5.x
- Accessible
- valid CSS
- Obvious and clean XHTML
- Plone Dropdowns is for Plone 3.x
- webcouturier.dropdownmenu
- Build it out in folder items and use a heirarchy
- Autobuilds via Plone 3 into portal tabs
- Uses INavtreeStrategy
- Uses SitemapQueryBuilder()
- Can change the depth of the navtree via sitemap properties

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Tip 1 - Rounded Corners
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- Cornerstone of designer's minds
- pure CSS solution
- Initial nifty corners
- Too ugly XHTML
- No hooks in Plone
- People don't like dealing with CSS if they have to change images
- Images based solutions
- Sliding doors - often used for rounding corners
- Adam Kalsey technique
- Plone has XHTML hooks in portlets for this
- pretty simple css
- Most of the cases use nested HTML elements
- Fixed set of images for the corners
- JS + CSS solution
- The most flexible
- Doesn't require nested elements in HTML
- Does not require additional CSS
- Potential Solutions
- Nifty Corners Cube (Javascript Library
- First doesn not work with borders and background images
- JQuery corners
- Requires jquery and does not work with Safari
- CurvyCorners library (recommended)
- Supports most modern browsers
- Works with borders
- Works with background images
- Supports antialiased corners
- Cons:
- Some problems when background images are used and box has different colors
- Does not work well when used with multiple boxes
- collective.roundedcorners
- On presenter's laptop
- Normal Plone Package/Product
- Uses a mix of Javascript + CSS
- Raw, and will be released hopefully soon


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