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#13 2012-09-08 11:59:49

jameslomax
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Re: simple alterations

Thanks Peter, thats great.

I’ll try to do some of that but it may be too much for me. I’m not dyslexic but I think I’m code-lexic – my eyes just glaze over when I see this stuff!

Yes I think I need a local WAMP install to experiment with first….

Last edited by jameslomax (2012-09-08 12:01:11)

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#14 2012-09-10 17:06:56

zero
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Re: simple alterations

I have the same lexia when it comes to PHP or Javascript, so I know how you feel. However, CSS and HTML don’t require code logic, they are simply another language to learn that you just insert where you need it, so they are much easier than real code, programmer’s code. To get by with HTML enough to adapt Textpattern to your needs, I think that if you learn the following most things will click into place:

<body> and </body> The visible web page is within these tags. CSS affects only what is here.
<p> and </p> Opening and closing paragraph tags
<h1> and </h1> Largest header (h2, h3, h4, h5 and h6 goes progressively smaller)
<ul> and </ul> Unordered (bulleted) list
<ol> and </ol> Ordered (numbered) list
<li> and </li> A line within either type of list
<div> and </div> An enclosing division or part of a page. It’s a bit like <body> in that it can contain other tags.
<img /> A single tag used to display an image
<br /> A single tag used to force a break (new line)
class="something" You can apply the same class to all the above tags on the same page. One style will then apply to all of them. (. in CSS)
id="unique" Different to class in that you cannot have more than one same id on the same page. (# in CSS)

Now you know what these tags mean, a Textpattern page should not be so daunting. You should be able to pick your way through it and get a good idea of what is going on. There is more to understand and many other tags of course and you can learn these at somewhere like HTML Goodies or HTML Dog where you can also learn CSS.

To get by with CSS, I’d recommend CSS Pocket Reference by Eric Meyer. In fact, I notice on that web page you can get HTML and CSS pocket reference for £3.66 so you have no excuse now not to learn CSS and HTML! EDIT! I misread and it is xhtml and html combined – not with css. So you still need CSS Pocket Reference.

Of course, you may just not feel like learning and prefer someone to do it all for you. In which case, as Uli pointed out above, you should post in the TXP Pros forum. There are some very talented experienced people who could bring the customers in and make your website really zing. But as I said earlier, you do not need to make a lot of mods to the Textpattern default template to suit your needs. It’s cutting edge stuff the likes of which will be hard to find in other templates on the web. The coding is all top class, so just alter the bits you need and the rest will take care of itself. I hope that helps.

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#15 2012-11-19 12:52:29

jameslomax
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Re: simple alterations

On reflection Peter (or anyone else) this is all too much for me. For now – even if it messes up on small screens – can you see where I should place the sidebar wrappers, to re-locate them as side columns? Many thanks.

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