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Forum:New skin, cavendish

Tolkien Gateway > Council > New skin, cavendish

I've uploaded a new skin called cavendish (Preview) which is based on Let me know what you think, if you like it you can make it your default in your Preferences. There are a few things I'm going to try and change:

  • Move "Personal tools" below Navigation.
    • Done.
  • Fix the "Browse A B C..." area, not sure how to integrate those links yet.
    • Just removed them for now.
  • Maybe in the top yellow bar add some cursive Tengwar.
  • Move the logo to the right and down a little.
  • Make the width of everything slightly larger and maybe shrink the menu a bit.

I'd really like to get a solid skin out there that is more Tolkienish than that boring Monobook theme, this might be a better one to base the skin off of. Let me know what you guys think. --Hyarion 13:31, 14 October 2006 (EDT)

Well, I've switched to it, because it is now the default. Some comments:
  • Don't like the font as well. It seems harder to read for me.
  • The Tolkien Gateway title at the upper left seems out of place; it should be at least on a background the same color as the title bar.
More later. I've got to eat breakfast, but I'll be right back. --Narfil Palùrfalas 08:10, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
I was hoping to get some feedback before making it the default but no one said anything so I figured I'd make sure you guys noticed :) We can definitely play around with some fonts, do you have any specific suggestions or was the previous one the best? You can also create a personal skin for yourself and by adding one line you could change the font of the entire site. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by Tolkien Gateway being out of place, are we seeing the same thing? It should have "Tolkien Gateway" with a bit of dropshadow on the blue title bar background. Overall though, would you say the skin is at least an improvement over the old one? --Hyarion 12:38, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
Well, I really didn't pay much attention to the alternate skins. Yes, I think the previous font was the best. On my browser, at least, there is a sky-blue square behind the "Tolkien Gateway" letters on top of the dark blue bar with the "search". With those changes I mentioned, I do think it would be an improvement over the last one. I've forgotten any other comments I had, so they probably weren't very important. . . --Narfil Palùrfalas 14:10, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
Arg, I forgot IE doesn't know how to render alpha transparency. Leaving for an exam now but will have it fixed this afternoon. Thanks for letting me know. --Hyarion 14:28, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
I.E. now displays the logo properly (at least my v6.0 does). Let me know if you have any more issues with it. I still think I'll move it a bit over to the right. --Hyarion 01:50, 18 October 2006 (EDT)
My Firefox still displays the white bars at either side, while IE spreads the page all over the entire width of the screen. --Earendilyon 16:20, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
Heh just noticed that. Ironically I think IE is not displaying it properly yet IE the way I like it without so much white space on the side. Working on this now, then I'll work on shortening the menu width. --Hyarion 01:50, 18 October 2006 (EDT)
The sides of the page don't snap to the sides of the screen, and I still see the box behind the letters. Also, many of the images (if not all of them) don't have enough room and drop down below the sidebar. --Narfil Palùrfalas 17:59, 21 October 2006 (CDT)
Ya, I actually fixed the box in IE but if it works in IE it'll be broken in FF so I left it as is until I can work around that. I'd like to have a little whitespace on the side but definitely less than currently so I'm still working on that too, so much to do and IE is a pain, luckily IE7 displays it much more properly. --Hyarion 18:05, 21 October 2006 (CDT)
By the way, is anyone else having frequent trouble getting onto TG recently? It happened just about forty seconds ago and then mysteriously cleared up. But I think two days or so ago I couldn't get onto it almost all morning (or afternoon, I can't remember which). --Narfil Palùrfalas 15:52, 22 October 2006 (CDT)

We did have some downtime the other day (see Tolkien Gateway:Updates) but I'll take a l at the logs to see what was messed up a few minutes ago. Was it a MySQL error or just unable to connect? --Hyarion 16:16, 22 October 2006 (CDT)