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  • Aug. 30th, 2006 at 1:15 PM
I'm currently using the Weston Blue theme on a paid account. I tried to tweak the graphics and such by copying the theme specific stylesheet and hosting it on my server but it didn't seem to work. Is there a different way I'm supposed to go about this with the Expressive layouts?

Other things I'd like to do:

1.) Remove the tags and calendar from the sidebar.
2.) Add an additional place on the sidebar where I can include my own information
3.) Decrease the font size on the title.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Aug. 30th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Font size can be done with your stylesheet I believe.

For the other two, edit your user layer for the theme (I'm assuming you have one) and add the following:

set sidebar_primary = [
[ "userprofile", "Profile", "1", "1" ],
[ "links", "Links" ],
[ "archive", "Page Summary" ],
[ "syndicate", "Syndicate" ],
[ "poweredby" ],
[ "customtext", "Custom Text Title", "This is your free text space, put what you want here, cannot use HTML..." ]

You can change the order around, too, if you want. Save & compile.
Aug. 30th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
I've tried to change text for a specfic part of my journal before, but I can't find what the id or class name is for it. Where can I find that information? So far, all I've been able to do is to make *all* the text smaller.

Thanks!!! :D

Also, is there a way that I can switch tags for memories on the side bar?
Aug. 30th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't really figured out Expressive's CSS yet, as it has a lot of layering and class messiness.

Memories can't be shown because they aren't hooked into the style system at all.
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
I just realized that I can add memories to my links sidebar. I only want to link to certain categories anyways. :D
Aug. 31st, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
There's one thing I like _a lot_ - is the Web Developer extension for Firefox (if you use Firefox, of course). I can ask it to display the ID and class information that is in the page source, without going to page source and looking through it. Here's a screenshot of how I found the appropriate ID to use to change the font size of the title:

The information about your memories is not accesible in S2... You'd have to hardcode all the links and everything; and if you update/create new categories/delete old ones, you'd need to also modify your sidebar manually, if you wanted to do this.
Sep. 1st, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
I installed it last night. Thanks!! You've been a big help. :)
Sep. 1st, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
i know that .page-header2 applies to the subject lines. i can only make an educated guess and say .page-header1 is the page header. there are also .page-header3, .page-header4, and .page-header5, which you can experiment with to find out what they control.

note that the subject lines and the page header are all hyperlinks, so when you change the values for these items, remember to change the values for .page-header[1, 2, 3, 4, or 5] a as well.
Aug. 31st, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
1) Pretty soon, you will have the option to remove certain sidebar stuff in the Custom Options interface. It's been coded, just not live yet.

You can also hide this stuff using CSS, if you'd like to try that:

 .calendar-widget,  .categories-widget { display: none; }

2) I haven't looked into that yet. I may comment back later.

3) The stylesheet makes the title font size to be 36px. You can modify it using the following (change the 36px to your preferred size):

  #header-name { font-size: 36px; } 

You can do 1) and 3) in the Custom CSS section of your Custom Options.
Aug. 31st, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
2) Oh, wait, wait -- I think I've seen some change to the expressive layout which added an option to include your own text in a sidebar. So we're going to see that too. However, if you want to include HTML in it, you'd need to use custom theme layer.
Sep. 1st, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
to elaborate on that point:

if you want to use HTML, copy the layer source and put it in your own top-level layout, then find the function print_module_customtext and just above the line close_module();, add these two lines:


between these two lines, you can add all your wonderful custom text/images in HTML. enjoy =)
Nov. 27th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for the instruction! I'm at a loss though. I have copied the source for layer id 7176168 (Expressive), created a new top level layout layer (7731593), pasted in the Expressive source and found the print_module_customtext and done as advised above. Between the lines I've added some test HTML, but it doesn't appear on my page (http://marleyboy.livejournal.com).

I've created a custom theme layer (7271327) and attempted to paste the Expressive source into it, but that breaks the compiler. What am I doing wrong?
Nov. 27th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
without the complete source, i can't really say what it is you're doing wrong. all i can give you is a complete set of instructions i gave to someone a few days ago that worked and tell you to make sure you've done everything in those instructions correctly. here goes:

after you create the top-level layer and change its base theme and layout to that of your choice, find the section of code that says

property string seventh_item {
des = "Seventh item in sidebar";
values = "none|(none)|userprofile|Profile|calendar|Calendar|links|Links|tags|Tags|archive|Page Summary|syndicate|Syndicate|customtext|Custom Text";
set seventh_item = "none";

change that "none" to "customtext"

then find the function print_module_customtext and just above the line that says close_module(); add """YOUR HTML""";
Nov. 27th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for your help!

I must be doing something completely wrong. I've performed the above edits. But it doesn't seem affect anything. My layer setup is right here. Has this been setup correctly? The top one, 7731593 is the one with these edits. The source is right here.

The child of layer 7176168 with the auto generated customization affects the content as it should. What am I missing?
Nov. 27th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
at a glance i can't see anything wrong with your code. i can't look at it in more detail right now, because i'm on a time crunch, but you should check out [Unknown LJ tag] (if you haven't already), maybe post there and see if anyone can figure out what's wrong.

sorry i can't be of more help.
Nov. 27th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
No problem. Thank you for all your help! :)
Nov. 27th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
hmmm, apparently i typed a bad code... i meant to say check out s2expressive
Nov. 27th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
oh my, i'm also stupid. this *is* in that community, isn't it. *smacks self*
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