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Dearest helpful people --

I am new to Expressive, and I have but a crude working knowledge of CSS.  I would like to request some help on a couple of issues.

I. date appearing in subject line when post has no subject  
I've noticed that when I post something that does not have a subject line, the date of the post appears in the subject line instead.  I think the moderators of this community have already also noticed this, hence the "please edit and add a title to your post!" reminder that appears in some posts and even some comments.  This is leading me to the conclusion that there is no fix for this problem except to add some sort of filler text, and I can't find anything in the tags to confirm this.  Is my conclusion correct?  

If it is indeed correct, how do I add this generic "no subject" filler text?  I see the option to add a filler text is there in customize your theme>>text>>entries, but a caveat below the option says: "This only appears in places where a subject line is required, such as on a month view."  I guess this means that the only way filler text will appear in the main page is by adding/modifying code on the CSS and/or the layer... and I don't know how to do that.  Couldn't find it in the tags, although it's very possible that I just don't know what to look for.  Help please?

II. calendar page wonky in current layout
The gorgeous layout that I'm testing right now (which I snagged from cartonage) seems to be doing some wonky things with the calendar page.  The journal of interest is my test journal, ditse, where you can see in the calendar view that there is obviously some sort of problem, compared to the main page where everything looks fine.  Well, except for the date appearing in the subject line of the top entry (bottom entry has no problem).  

Any help would be much appreciated!

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av8rmike
Nov. 13th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
I covered #1 here, and yes, it's a theme layer (as opposed to CSS) alteration. I didn't like that "feature" of the default layout, either.

For #2, I guess the problem on the calendar page is with the graphics not lining up? I'd suggest you ask the layout's creator about it, because irinafan knows more about it than I do. I don't make it an official "policy" not to troubleshoot other people's creations (this isn't component_help, after all), but I try to avoid it when I can. If she legitimately has no idea, then I can take a stab at it.
unspooling
Nov. 13th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
#1 - Thanks very much for pointing me in the right direction. I appreciate. Will try to get to it as soon as I can. I guess I won't be able to test it out on ditse since that journal is not a paid account. :(

#2 - Yes, it is the graphics not lining up that bugs me, and apparently a number of other people who had been using the same layout. According to some of the comments on irinafan's post of the layout, it used to not be a problem, and then suddenly it was. Anyway I just went to the main page of cartonage and she has indeed promised to address that issue in a future post. I wasn't sure what the "etiquette" regarding asking for third-party help when it comes to layouts is, but I of course appreciate your own "policy." She's busy with "life" (LOL) at the moment, but I'll wait to see if she figures out a fix, and I should perhaps update here, too, if/when she does.

Thanks so much for the help!
av8rmike
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Well, the "low-tech"/free solution to #1 is just remember to give all your posts subjects. ;)

I try to defer to the layout creators, but I understand about real life intruding. It looks like she hasn't posted in almost a month. There may be some time this week where I can take a look at the archive page. I wonder what changed around that time?
unspooling
Nov. 14th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
Yes, but my older posts!... hmm. I wonder if Semagic (or the other apps) can change my old blank subject posts with "no subject." *makes mental note to do research on that*

Apparently the change in the archive page came out of nowhere. The first person to notice it commented here. I have no idea if LJ did something major enough that day to make this happen, though.

As for deferring to layout creators, I wouldn't presume to be sure about this but I don't think she'll mind terribly if someone else tries to provide a solution to the problem. She has made a post before where she advised people to go to other places (like everything_lj if they have questions, but, then again, this was because she was about to go on a planned hiatus. From all appearances, though, she generally seems open to other people posting solutions to bugs in her layouts, especially if she doesn't get to fixing them in a timely manner. At any rate, I can and will go back to her post and link back any solution that you may come up with, with your permission of course.
av8rmike
Nov. 21st, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
I don't suppose you have a screenshot or something of what the archive page is supposed to look like? The multiple background images are confusing. I can't tell if it's supposed to look like the main page with the notched ribbon, or the flat ribbon.
unspooling
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
I am sorry my reply took so long! :(

No screenshots here, but my best guess is that it's supposed to look like the main page (notched ribbon).
av8rmike
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, I see what happened. One of the engineers changed the way the YearPage and MonthPage are printed so that they're printed as if the months were entries (or at least, so they would use the same CSS classes as entries do). [changelog entry, for reference] Thus, the fancy borders are being "double-added". This is how I fixed it:
  1. Add a line to .asset-header-content:
    height: 47px;
  2. Change the background specifier in .yeartable to:
    background: none;
  3. Change the padding to:
    padding: 0px;
  4. Change the width to:
    width: 527px;
So you think I should re-post this to cartonage?
unspooling
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Oooh, please do! Even better that the comment comes directly from you.

Thanks so much, and I'm sure everyone who's had problems (not to mention irinafan) will appreciate it :)

Edited at 2007-12-07 03:48 am (UTC)
blaise_xo
Apr. 4th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Layout
so I'm having the same problem and i was wondering how you changed it because you had to upload the file with the css code to somewhere but how do you edit the content?
blaise_xo
Apr. 4th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Layout
actually nvm haha figured it out . PS, thanks for posting this thread, it was really helpful :)
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