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  • Oct. 21st, 2009 at 10:57 PM
I just got the Miami Cityscape Expressive layout and want to do some minor customization to it. For years I've been using Flexible Square and I'm not exactly sure how I even made my layers for that in the first place.
This is the layer I had for my old one. I'd like to have many of these features again on Expressive. I created a new one I think Here. I did read the beginner's guide and the guide to Expressive but I'm still confused and overwhelmed. I know it says you have to activate it but I'm not sure that I did that or how. I only want to modify what is already there and not even worry about the header yet. Mostly I want to modify the sidebar. I found out how to get rid of Tags, Page Summary and Syndicate. How would I remove the powered by live journal link? I also want to use the Tinyicon code I had on my old site that changes the heads in front of user names. How would I put that back in?

I would like if possible to have my default icon in the sidebar link to my icons page like on Flexible Squares.

I would like to make sections in my sidebar for subjects like Games I'm play, links to my click pets, Shows I'm watching etc and that I can put in images and text with html.

In the posts I would also like to remove Add To Memories, Tell a Friend and Track.

Lastly, I know expressive's widths are set by pixels, but is there a way to set it to percentage? I liked that in Flexible squares there was no wasted space on the sides and if someone had a high resolution or a widescreen monitor my journal filled 95% of the space. Is there a way this can be done?

Sorry if I didn't use the right tag, I'm not exactly sure where these questions fall into. Oh and I'm using IE8. I'm sure I have more questions but I will stop for now. Thanks.

EDIT: I tried a few different tiny icon codes and none work. Do I have to type something first like function for header? I also found the code for adding an image next to the subject like on the Hills layout, but it didn't do anything. I would apprecaite some help.


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Oct. 22nd, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
You're right, that is a lot of questions. I'm pretty sure I've answered nearly all of them in here at one time or another. I think I tagged your post to cover everything, so take a look through the previous posts.
For one thing, what happened when you put in your CSS to change the LJ userhead icons? It doesn't vary by layout, so there shouldn't be any reason it wouldn't work.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes but it hasn't helped. Have you looked at my code I posted? Here is what I have in there so far and nothing has changed.

.subject img[src="http://l-stat.livejournal.com/img/icon_protected.gif"]{
width: 0; height: 0; padding: 0 17px 17px 0; background: url(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h260/budgiebutts/budgieheadsmall.gif);

.ljuser img {
width: 0;
height: 0;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
/* so that IE users will still see an image */
background-image: url(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h260/budgiebutts/budgieheadsmall.gif);
padding: 17px 17px 0 0px !important;

.ljuser img[src="http://p-stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif"] {
background-image: url(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h260/budgiebutts/budgieheadsmall.gif);
padding: 17px 17px 0 0px !important;

.asset-stream .asset-header {
background: transparent url(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h260/budgiebutts/flyingkeet.gif) no-repeat scroll 0 0;

I don't understand why the tinyicon code worked on my old layout but not on this one and I've tried different versions. I also can't get the little picture to appear next to my subjects.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
It won't work if you put a "{" at the beginning of the CSS; that's not valid for a stylesheet. Without it, the CSS rules work just fine.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Nope. I've done it with and without the { I just took it out and I'm still getting an error.

Compile error: line 17, column 1: Unknown token encountered while parsing layer: [TokenPunct] = .
S2::Layer, S2/Layer.pm, 67
S2::Compiler, S2/Compiler.pm, 27
Oct. 22nd, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
CSS won't compile into a theme layer by itself. Either put it into a property like this:
set custom_css = """
[... CSS etc. ...]

or copy it into the Custom CSS space on the Customize Journal Style page.
Oct. 22nd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, see that's why I had asked if I needed to add something like "function" at the beginning. I had a feeling you couldn't just paste all the stuff in, but I wasn't sure how. Now it's starting to look nicer. Thank you. Now is there a way I can lower the text of my subjects so it's not above my little bird too much? If not I can live with it.

BTW, I too did spend a long time going through the tags and saw one person mention they had the same issue not finding hence why we just ask. I don't think it has anything to do with the tags because when we're new to this we don't even know what the name is of what we're searching for. So wading through lots of posts until I find what I'm looking for that might be obscure (like the tiny icon code, now I kow what it's called) can be a problem. I'm going add Solved to this, but I still have lots of questions. I'll save them for another day.
Oct. 23rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Now is there a way I can lower the text of my subjects so it's not above my little bird too much?

Try adding some padding-top to h2.asset-name{}. That might get to look the way you want.
I'm sorry if you felt like I was giving you the brush-off, but between my LJ Support admin responsibilities, and you know, real life, I don't have the kind of time I used to to type up really long replies to people answering lots of questions. I know it's a poor excuse but it's a fact of life. So, I have to refer people to what's already been answered. When I came up with the tagging system, I did so to try to cover all the bases without getting too verbose. I can understand that it may not be intuitive to everybody.

You're welcome to post updates to this post with more questions, or to make a new top-level post, whichever you prefer.
Nov. 30th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Huh. I'm trying to do something similar, so I searched and found this post.

I'm trying to change the bats in the "bats green" theme, and no matter what I do, it just puts the new image under the bat. It's all in the custom CSS section; should I be doing this in layers?
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Some of the themes use different CSS to do the same thing. For your theme, you want to change this:
.asset-stream .asset-header-content {
background-image: url(YOUR URL);
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
It still didn't change anything. This thing is stubborn!
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Yes, you should be putting it in Custom CSS and not a theme layer, but I'm not seeing that line in any of your CSS or page source. Can you leave it in until I can see what's wrong?
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Actually, I just figured out what made it wonky - from something you said. Thanks for the help! You're a lifesaver. =)
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