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latest Expressive updates

  • Sep. 14th, 2006 at 5:23 PM
We've fixed some bugs in Expressive and added in some new features:

In addition to choosing whether to display or hide the different sidebar elements, you can now also choose the order it appears in their sidebar(s) using the Customize wizard (no more messing with S2 layers!).

We also added in a couple of new things to the Presentation section of the Custom Options tab.

If you don't like having images (or other large things) cut off when they're too wide to fit in the entry area, you can choose to have a horizontal scrollbar show up on that entry. This is known to work on the latest stable version of browsers. In older versions, scrollbars may randomly show up on entries it shouldn't be showing on.

There's also an HTML box where you can put in whatever HTML you want and it'll show up at the end of each entry. If you want an image divider to go between your entries, or if you want to add a horizontal line or more line breaks, this is the place to put it.


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Sep. 15th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Any insight as to why my column has disappeared? I'm using a custom sheet, and it's failing to show in Firefox 1.5 and IE. I've tried clearing my browser cache (as suggested in the comments on the lj_dev post) and faffing around in the Customize page, but it's just not showing up.
Sep. 15th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
*facepalm* The lj_release comm, not lj_dev. Lord, where's my brain tonight?
Sep. 15th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
*facepalm too* I started looking around lj_dev for where your comment was. I should have figured you meant lj_releases.

As for the column problem, can you let me know how much css customization you did to your stylesheet? (mainly I want to know if you've changed the width of the columns and switched them around) Did you edit just the stylesheet, or did you make S2 changes too? Are you using Expressive, or a copy of Expressive (as in copied the code into a top level layer).

From what it sounds like so far, the column seems to have disappeared for users who have made more advanced customizations than just color changes :\

If you remove your custom changes, does the column come back?
Sep. 15th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
My custom sheet is here: http://www.alltrees.org/lysapadin/CSS/yukimura.css and I am using the flex-width layer that branchandroot set up for my theme. *sigh* I did mess around with the column widths.

I did try setting my theme to (none) instead of the flex-width, but it didn't work.

At the moment, I'm about this far from going back to Flexible Squares.
Sep. 15th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
See branchandroot's comment below. Does that help?
Sep. 16th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
It does indeed. *wry* I'll be getting back around to fixing my layout after I've slept. *snugs* Thanks for looking into it, though!
Sep. 15th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Interesting. My sidebar has disappeared. I mean, beta isn't even in the html anymore. That's a rather peculiar conflict--the only thing my theme code changed was the order of alpha and beta, within the page display function. Cleared the cache, messed with the wizard, still no sidebar.

What on earth went into this code push?
Sep. 15th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
On the bright side, the extra scrollbars are gone, in Safari.
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Unravelled the disappearing code problem! Seems that maybe the parser couldn't make up its mind between the wizard layer and the cutom layer, which were telling it different things about the same function.

In the process I noticed that the prev-next in entry display does not have the .prevnext class. Do you know if it's going to?
Sep. 15th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming this would solve it for lysapadin above as well since she's using one of the customizations you contributed?

butbutbut adding a class would make my div chart inaccurate!
It should have a class though, since everything else has a class (upon class upon class). I don't want to say anything for sure in case it bites me in the ass later, but most likely, yes, it'll happen.
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
*nodnod* Yep, I gave Lys the new code. When I get a moment I'm going to edit my entry on the subject, too.

It should have a class though, since everything else has a class (upon class upon class).

*chuckling* So very true.
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
so following that logic, there should be one for the prev/next navigation, and then a class inside that for prev and one for next heh
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing* Oh, yeah, so you can make the link color for prev different than the one for next, of course!
Sep. 18th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
which function was it?
Sep. 18th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
It was render_layout. From what I can see, since all the new wizard stuff about what order to show the sidebar sections in went into that function, while my custom layer was only addressing the order in which alpha/beta/gamma appeared, the parser decided that the sidebar must not exist. *wry*
Sep. 15th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Hmm... I seem to have lost my customtext box. Must see if I can get that back.
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
I went through that also, and looking at the new code for how the sidebar/s order is managed, they might have to either officially enable the custom text box, or get someone with some wicked s2 knowledge to come up with a hack. I personally don't use the calendar in my sidebar, so I replaced the calendar with the custom text, and I've been happy since.

I put the custom text in as an alternative to the calendar because I wanted it seperate from my other custom modules I added, which I strung into the powered by module, but if you only have one custom text thing, it wouldn't be hard to attach it to one of your other modules, but better yet, for convience on moving stuff around later if you change your mind, you can replace an unwanted module with your custom text. Let me know if you want help with either, I think I've got enough of a handle on it.

Also, if you want, you can start by checking out the post where I got the information needed to be able to do what I've done: http://community.livejournal.com/s2expressive/11854.html

Whatever you do, hope I've been a help. :)
Sep. 16th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
Technically, I couldn't get the customtext box back.

From what I can see so far, it looks like you're limited to six sidebar modules. I would have thought that was six modules plus the powered by module, but it look like it's counted as well. What I was seeing happen was the sixth module would vanish and the powered by module would still be there. Odd.

I was using the sidebar_primary and sidebar_secondary code, but it completely borked for me after the latest code push. The only way I got my customtext back was through a hideous hack that added the syndicate and customtext modules into the userprofile module. I don't like my hack. It's horribly messy, so I'll have to go back and have another crack at cleaning it up later. Hopefully, your code will help with that.
Sep. 16th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Not everything I did to get it to work again is on that entry I linked you to, but some of it is there, as I had to use it to get my if else statement working. From there I figured out you could open and close modules within the same sidebar module print function to get it to look like two or three things where the sidebar organization saw one.

So let me know if you find stuff to work, or if you need me to share some of what I did with you. :)
Sep. 15th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
This morning I've lost all of my sidebars on my friends page, but not on my actual journal page. What's up with that? I've made no customizations.
Sep. 15th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
It's one of the entries on your friend's page - they probably have extra end div tags in their HTML. That's why it's broken on your friend's page, but not your journal page. If you click the link to go back x previous entries, you'll see that it still looks as it should look (unless there's a bad entry on that page too).

At a glance, it looks like the makinglight feed, but it could be another one or more than one. Your sidebars haven't actually disappeared, the entry just made it move down to the bottom of the page. The disappearing sidebars is another issue, and from what it looks like so far, it seems to only happen in very customized stylesheets.
Sep. 15th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks - somebody else just tipped me off to that problem, and you're right - it was the Making Light feed. Thanks a lot.
Sep. 15th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
np :)
I've actually had a few people ask about this. I should probably just make a post with an explainations and how to check to see if that's what's causing it.

If you run into this again, and aren't sure that it's being caused by an entry (or which one is doing it), you can click leave comments/read comments/link to entry/anything that takes you to the entry page, and if that page is a mess too, then it's that entry.
Sep. 15th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
burr86 pointed me here from LJ_releases, I'm having weird alignment issues with the loaction of my gamma sidebar, but in IE only.

As far as I can see, I've not done enough changes to the stylesheet to even touch it, only styled actual appearance of elements already there.

I do like the recent mods though.
Oct. 17th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
Lots of love and appreciation, especially for the new custom sidebar module. Now to the question; how come it doesn't take html for me?
Nov. 11th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
I tried to use the scrollbars because I have graphics in my sidebar that keep getting cut off. Now there is just a sidebar under the graphics and I don't know how to make them fit. My friend tears_embrace has a similar layout and she said that all her graphics fit automatically. Hers that are too big just sort of go off the edges. How can I fix mine?
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