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 Note

This page is to document "what Tiki should do". For feature documentation (what Tiki does), please see corresponding page on doc site

Theme generator

 Warning

As per Where, this page and ones related to themes should be moved to http://themes.tiki.org

What

The main idea is to add a Tiki Theme Generator. While doing this, many things make sense to improve at the same time.

Specific goals

Palette editor

One target is a way to set background and text colors. This is what http://themes.tiki.org/Tiki theme generator talks about mostly, so far. The palette editor in trunk has shown that there are a lot of very similar colors. Reducing the number of colors is an important next step. This needs to be done by examining the stylesheets and finding the reason for the similar colors. If there is apparently no particular reason for color variations, they can be merged. But some near-matches can be intentional, such as backgrounds in subtly alternating odd-even rows in a data table or other cases when a subtle background contrast is used. These shouldn't be changed, so the context of these color uses needs to be checked.

http://colllor.com/

Method for setting other layout details

In addition to colors, a way to set such things as borders (on/off, size, color) perhaps specifically for items or generally for the overall appearance; whitespace ("tight", "open") again probably globally so a number of CSS rules would be set as a group).
Two approaches seem to emerge here: one is to have an editor that can be used to specify individual CSS rules in detail; another way would be to select options that would cause a set of rules to be chosen. In other words, the interface could have gadgets to input specific colors and sizes, etc., or could have dialogs so the user could choose design or palette themes like "light", "dark", "summer", "condensed", "open", etc., or choose options for specific design details.

Examples of similar ideas, etc.

This has a different purpose, as it's a personal aggregation of items from around the web, but the method for laying out the page is interesting.

Maybe relevant. "Skinr's main purpose is to allow the theme to define a set of reusable and modular CSS styles, and to make those styles available in Drupal's UI."

"Fusion is a powerful base theme, with layout and style configuration options built in that you can control through Drupal's UI. It's based on a simplified 960px or fluid 12/16-column grid. It's designed to be used with the Skinr module, with numerous useful block styles included."

Note that Skinr and Fusion are third-party software for Drupal there may not be up to date with the current Drupal release. ("The Drupal 7 version [of Fusion] is now quite usable, but waiting on Skinr support.")

Who

  • Jonny Bradley
  • Marc Laporte
  • Gary Cunningham-Lee
  • You


When

For Tiki 7.0

Scenarios

Theme Roller

Steps

Consultation

  • Get the community involved done

Cleanup up phase

  • rip phplayersmenu (see cleanup page) done
  • rip XAJAX (add essential via jQuery) done
  • Fix regression: theme .tpl files aren't used when assigning theme on object or category level done
  • Consider reorganizing rules in current CSS files
    • Reduce "vertical" redundancy (reduce repetition in lite.css -> layout.css/design.css -> theme stylesheet)
    • Reduce "horizontal" complexity by changing feature-specific classes to global ones so they don't need to be styled separately (ex: .calHeading -> .heading) and downsize or eliminate feature-specific CSS files.
    • Move font definitions from design.css to new type.css?

Revamp

  • Evaluate if we should pick a CSS framework
  • Revamp Print.css and FullScreen
  • Consolidate tiki_index_raw, tiki_p_index,
  • With Robert and S5, consolidate tiki-slideshow, tiki-slideshow2, etc.
  • Review Print Indexed to make nicer
  • Tiki Theme Generator
  • Canonical URL Tag
  • Use any font in Tiki (not just web fonts) HTML5
  • Be in a position to do Offline and site-to-site PluginInclude later
  • Would like possibility of theme options having their own .tpl files (Gary).
  • Enable multiple theme options per theme (to get a lot of permutations easily)
  • Theme options: make it possible to combine them
  • Is it possible and would it make sense to use CSS sprites for icons, etc. (or would this be incompatible with user-specified icons)?
  • New post-it, top-of-site style section (for temp warnings)
<div id="postit" style="background: #ffc; margin: 2px 0 0 2px; min-height: 1px; width: 100%; padding:5px;">
<img src="http://tiki.org/img/icons/close.png" alt="Close" width="16" height="16" class="rbox-close" onclick="confirm('Are you sure you want to close this note and keep it hidden permanently on next page load? (If you ever want it back, you would need to delete the cookie named flip_class_postit in your browser settings.)') ? flip_class('postit','hidden','hidden') : false;" style="border: none" title="Close" />
<img src="img/icons/exclamation.png" alt="Warning" style="vertical-align:middle" /> <strong>Please Note:<br />This site is currently running <a href="http://doc.tiki.org/Tiki6">Tiki6 Beta</a>. Please be patient while we <a href="http://tiki.org/Dogfood">Dogfood</a> Tiki and resolve issues. </strong></div>

Communications

  • Theme upgrades from 6 to 7 will require work.
    • From 2 to 3, there was a big revamp
    • From 4 to 6, it was incremental adjustments, and upgrading Tiki had little impact on custom themes.
      • Now, we need to make a substantial reorganization.

Misc. references, resources, etc.

Keywords

The following is a list of keywords that should serve as hubs for navigation within the Tiki development and should correspond to documentation keywords.

Each feature in Tiki has a wiki page which regroups all the bugs, requests for enhancements, etc. It is somewhat a form of wiki-based project management. You can also express your interest in a feature by adding it to your profile. You can also try out the Dynamic filter.

Accessibility (WAI & 508)
Accounting
Administration
Ajax
Articles & Submissions
Backlinks
Banner
Batch
BigBlueButton audio/video/chat/screensharing
Blog
Bookmark
Browser Compatibility
Calendar
Category
Chat
Comment
Communication Center
Consistency
Contacts Address book
Contact us
Content template
Contribution
Cookie
Copyright
Credits
Custom Home (and Group Home Page)
Database MySQL - MyISAM
Database MySQL - InnoDB
Date and Time
Debugger Console
Directory (of hyperlinks)
Documentation link from Tiki to doc.tiki.org (Help System)
Docs
DogFood
Draw
Dynamic Content
Preferences
Dynamic Variable
External Authentication
FAQ
Featured links
Feeds (RSS)
File Gallery
Forum
Friendship Network (Community)
Gantt
Group
Groupmail
Help
History
Hotword
HTML Page
i18n (Multilingual, l10n, Babelfish)
Image Gallery
Import-Export
Install
Integrator
Interoperability
Inter-User Messages
InterTiki
jQuery
Kaltura video management
Karma
Live Support
Logs (system & action)
Lost edit protection
Mail-in
Map
Menu
Meta Tag
Missing features
Visual Mapping
Mobile
Mods
Modules
MultiTiki
MyTiki
Newsletter
Notepad
OS independence (Non-Linux, Windows/IIS, Mac, BSD)
Organic Groups (Self-managed Teams)
Packages
Payment
PDF
Performance Speed / Load / Compression / Cache
Permission
Poll
Profiles
Quiz
Rating
Realname
Report
Revision Approval
Scheduler
Score
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Search
Security
Semantic links
Share
Shopping Cart
Shoutbox
Site Identity
Slideshow
Smarty Template
Social Networking
Spam protection (Anti-bot CATPCHA)
Spellcheck
Spreadsheet
Staging and Approval
Stats
Survey
Syntax Highlighter (Codemirror)
Tablesorter
Tags
Task
Tell a Friend
Terms and Conditions
Theme
TikiTests
Timesheet
Token Access
Toolbar (Quicktags)
Tours
Trackers
TRIM
User Administration
User Files
User Menu
Watch
Webmail and Groupmail
WebServices
Wiki History, page rename, etc
Wiki plugins extends basic syntax
Wiki syntax text area, parser, etc
Wiki structure (book and table of content)
Workspace and perspectives
WYSIWTSN
WYSIWYCA
WYSIWYG
XMLRPC
XMPP




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