[Zope-CMF] Pure CSS for main template

Tres Seaver tseaver at palladion.com
Mon Oct 6 07:52:27 EDT 2008

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Charlie Clark wrote:
> Am 06.10.2008 um 02:00 schrieb Jens Vagelpohl:
>> Please make sure you stick to one functionality/change per branch to
>> make it easier for others to make a diff and understand all the
>> changes. I thought you wanted to use the branch for the
>> folder_contents work only ;-)
> oops, sorry! It's just I'd been planning to work on this for about a  
> year and yesterday was a good time to start. Should I create a  
> separate branch just for this?
>>> The idea is not to do
>>> a redesign but to implement the existing one using CSS now that  
>>> pretty
>>> much all of the browsers in use have at least adequate support.
>>> Customers will hopefully still want to have a different design but it
>>> should be easier to do.
>> CMFDefault represents a simple sample application for the CMF. It
>> doesn't have to be pretty by itself, but any changes should have these
>> goals:
>>  - make it easier for people to customize the look-and-feel using CSS
>> only, or...
>>  - make it easier to take the current main_template as a guideline
>> for a new main_template by making it as simple and understandable as
>> possible.
> I hope to achieve both of those.
>>> I'm using an "em" based elastic approach where the layout will "grow"
>>> with the chosen text size. I know that most browsers have now caught
>>> up with Opera and offer proper zooming but there are still lots of  
>>> IE6
>>> installs out there. I'm working on a baseline of 1024 x 768. Does
>>> anyone have objections to this?
>> I'd be opposed to any template that uses fixed widths and which does
>> not degrade gracefully with less or more width.
> hm, the current layout is fixed-width. The new one is not per se fixed- 
> width is driven by the size of the font that a user has. The argument  
> about growing and shrinking gracefully is important but it is also  
> important to maintain usability and particularly readability: having a  
> site expand to fit 100% can mean either extremely long lines or ugly  
> gaps between columns or conversely columns with line-breaks every  
> word. The following article covers the main issues concisely: http://www.htmldog.com/articles/elasticdesign/
> What I am to do is to maintain the current design but make it much  
> easier to adapt through CSS, ie. swap between font-size based and  
> percentages. So good documentation of how the layout works is essential.


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