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well after installing subtext and lurking around, i decided i was sick of the “designed by tech” skins.  don’t get me wrong, most of them were good, but let’s be honest…they are designed by non-designers most of the time.

after hunting around, i realized that i’d been playing around with ruby on rails lately and as well with typo.  i remembered that an author had created a pretty cool theme for typo called ‘origami’ — well i downloaded it, deciphered all the references and created my swag at a subtext skin based on that.

lo and behold, what you are viewing is it.  (note: if you are viewing/reading this through an rss/news/feed aggregator/reader, there is nothing to see here, move along). 

if you want it, you can download it:

there are three files in the zip — one of them is clearly labeled README.  if you don’t follow the steps and email me, i’m going to send you moldy bread from my fridge…seriously please read.

i’m making some modifications to subtext to include better tagging visibility and may put those up soon.

have fun!

6/26/2006 3:37 PM | # re: new skin for subtext users
Hey, that's a great looking skin. Interested in contributing it to the Subtext project?
6/26/2006 3:54 PM | # re: new skin for subtext users
As one of those "techs"... I must say that this is a beautiful skin! I also have to second Haacked's nudge... care to contribue to subText? ;)

Oh... and I noticed a small bug when this skin with FireFox. If you click on the "Help?" link you'll notice that the pop-up div's text seems to collide with the page's text.

Again, love the skin and I hope we get to see more great stuff from you (for subText) soon!
6/26/2006 10:15 PM | # re: new skin for subtext users
Found this via Haacked's blog...

The skin is SERIOUSLY broken in Opera 8.5 (haven't tried 9.0 yet). I reckon that has something to do with the XHTML being invalid (there are some paragraphs nested in paragraphs, for example), but it might be the CSS as well. Since Opera is the most standards-compliant browser, it refuses to chew on strange things :)

Anyway, I've taken a look in Firefox (still don't understand how people can use that browser!), and it's Beautiful, with a capital B! Awesome job!
6/26/2006 10:42 PM | # re: new skin for subtext users
thanks matt...i think the opera stuff is clearly my fault. there are some kinks that would be nice to get to work with subtext to decide on which css to use, but by default, i'm including some hacks to get it to work and just including them all...i'd love for someone to take a stab at the opera issues -- as the base i adapted from is opera compliant
6/27/2006 10:51 PM | # re: new skin for subtext users
I see you've fixed the paragraph-in-paragraph issue, so the only thing remaining that could screw the layout via XHTML is the redefined '' h3 id="archives-heading" '' for the categories on the right. But I don't think the problem is there... It's most likely one of nasty CSS tricks causing problems.

It's hard to debug this... However, you have #main-wrapper 71% wide, in a #container with left&right padding of 380px, in an #expander with left&right margins of -380px, in a .jelloLayout #expander with a min-width of 760px, in a .jelloLayout #sizer that has a maximum width of 490 px... Ouch.

You're exploiting bugs in Gecko and KHTML :) Remember, if something displays wrongly in Opera, then it's coded wrongly, and the reason it displays right in other browsers is because they're buggy and don't follow the specs like they should.

For example, you have something in an explicitly-sized (490px MAXIMUM width) element, and then you try to expand it with something that's a MINIMUM 760px wide; it's like trying to place a 7-foot-wide rubber box inside a 5-foot-wide steel box and expecting the steel box to expand instead of the rubber box to bend and shrink.

Fluid/Fixed are good - Jello is bad because of CSS that accomodates for non-standards-compliant browsers based on the Gecko and KHTML rendering engines.
6/28/2006 9:59 AM | # re: new skin for subtext users
hey matt, care to take a stab at helping to fix :-)

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