Attention Themers and Coders! (in General)

QBPixel Sage October 6 2007 3:02 PM EDT

Hello fellow CBers! I have a few things to mention here.

1) There has been a change in the HTML code for the sidebar. I made it simpler to theme and lessened the code a bit so it's less confusing. Changed all boxes to bigBoxes, and changed #logoImage to #logo.

2) You can check out this link to find all the latest themes and updates. The folder "old" contains the old stuff. All other folders are themes that you can check out.

3) If you just checked out the folder, you'll see two new themes! One of them is Simple Red. It isn't supposed to look good, but rather it's supposed to show you the basics of theming. If you look at its CSS file, you'll notice it is extremely short and easy to understand. If you know how to code in CSS.

4) The other theme is a ported version of BattleTech! I took the Simple Red theme and in a matter of minutes turned it into BattleTech. I am planning to updated BattleTech, or at least create a BattleTech v2.0. I think if we port any of the current themes over, we should dub them as "classic" themes.

5) You'll notice that on top of the CSS files there's an info section. That's not finalized yet, but it includes information that might be displayed next to each theme on the theme list page. Not sure yet, we'll see what Jonathan has to say.

6) I've also taken the liberty to ZIP each theme up for download. They should be in the same link as I gave you earlier.

7) Happy coding!

Maelstrom October 6 2007 3:32 PM EDT

Very cool, Pixel!

Maybe I'll try my hand at CSS sometime. What software do you recommend using? I assume there are some fancy tools to make it easy to keep styles consistent?

Do you know about a good, basic tutorial on CSS?

QBPixel Sage October 6 2007 3:41 PM EDT

I learned most of my CSS at and from looking at others' code. Use a simple text editor and name your file filename.css, and you're good to go! Also, if you're a Mac user, you can use the app CSS Edit from, which is what I've been using for themes. It gives you live updates of your webpage as you're editing CSS.

Tangent: I wish Jonathan would make links automatically link.

Miandrital October 6 2007 7:25 PM EDT

FF + linkification = awesome

QBPixel Sage October 6 2007 10:54 PM EDT

I think the work from spydah deserves to be posted. He's done some great work using the new default theme on the auctions pages.

A note for coders, tables are to be used when organizing large amounts of information, such as lists of weapons. Otherwise, avoid them where possible!

drudge October 8 2007 2:37 PM EDT

so do i gotta re-do the one i was doing now with this new stuff? or what...

1 MINUTE 1 October 8 2007 2:45 PM EDT

So what's the difference between this and what we have already?

drudge October 8 2007 3:08 PM EDT

look at the CSS code for the new default and then check out the current cbs for the defualt and you'll notice a huge difference.

this new one should allow better looking themes (not just the standard themes; take a look at jet) and they will be easier to create.
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