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  • Aug. 4th, 2008 at 9:08 PM
I'm thinking of switching my layout from component to expressive but I have a question before I dive in... One thing that I really like about component is how each comment/thread has it's own component on an entry page. I was wondering if it's possible to have that look in expressive (like maybe having a separate header & footer for each thread)? I'm sorry if I'm duplicating a previous post but I looked through the tags and couldn't find an answer. I did see the visual map of ids/classes for recent entry pages but didn't see one for individual entry pages w/ comments.

So, I just want to know if this doable (I realize it would be hard to give me specific answers as I haven't even started) and if anyone point me in a good direction.

Thanks in advance for any assistance. :)

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av8rmike
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Short answer: maybe. ;) I'd have to look at the Component code to see how it's done there, but it would almost certainly have to be a theme layer change, not just a CSS one.
sbertie
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
ah, I see. I guess I was hoping that there'd be some easy css visual/graphics "cheat" to give it that look without actually having to change it, if that makes any sense, which upon rereading my sentence it probably doesn't. But thanks for answering. And if you DO end up having time to look into it a bit, I will be in your debt, Mr. Expressive Master! lol, even if you don't, I still appreciate the heads up. ;)
av8rmike
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess it depends on how much of the Component look you wanted to replicate. If all you wanted to do was something like draw a border around an entire comment thread, I think I figured out a way to do that with a minimal amount of CSS trickery.
If you wanted to add additional content, like how Component has "thread started by such-and-such", that's the kind of thing that requires a theme layer change.
sbertie
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's a good question. ;) Ideally, I'd like to be able to replicate the separateness of the entries on the recent entries page; something like this:

but, without the comment bar links in the footer, of course, just the same footer image. If you think that's going to be possible in a theme layer change, then that's good to know. I'm pretty much limited to cut-and-paste and trial-and-error when in comes to theme layers (like for my current layout), but I'm most definitely willing to give it a go. Maybe I could use your css border trick until I get the theme layers in place?

Again, thanks so much for your help. I just wanted to know if you thought this was possible before I went ahead and started playing with a new layout style. :)


OH, and I noticed that you commented on my question in component help about the date thing on my flist entries! lol, I guess that's sort of a non-issue for me now that I'm switching my layout, but thanks for popping in over there! ;)
av8rmike
Aug. 11th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry to have kept you waiting. Since I'm still not quite clear on what look you want to achieve, I'll give you the CSS framework and let you play around with it:
div[id*="expand"] { 
    border: 3px dashed #999;
    margin-top: 5px;
}
These are just examples; you could change the margin or borders however you want.
sbertie
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
lol, don't worry about it. I'm pretty surprised that you thought about it at all, considering how completely vague my request was! ;)

But thanks so much for that -- I'll definitely play with it (I've already started my new layout).

:)

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