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1 PeterYim commented Permalink

nicely done, Bob! Using css to control what you want to show and how to show the content on various device sizes is very cool! Keep it up!

2 bobleah commented Permalink

@ Peter - Thanks Peter! CSS3 makes this type of work so simple! Can you imagine the amount of JavaScript it would have taken to do this just a few years ago? <div>&nbsp;</div> I'm very thankful for the advances!

3 John.Kelly commented Permalink

Great article Bob. I've picked up most of these techniques now and have incorporated them into my on blog https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/greenelk/. It makes it look so much more professional. <br /> Keep up the good work &amp; thanks again. <br /> John

4 bobleah commented Permalink

@ John.Kelly - Wow.. you blog looks fantastic! Thanks for being the first to implement this!

5 John.Kelly commented Permalink

@Bob (thanks for nice words about blog...definately a work-in-progress though... have decided to invest a lot more effort on developing content as i'm about to go to a new job) hope you don't mind if i ask a few questions..... (a) the theme seems to have a small issue in that i think the default sort order should be most recent first, but I can't seem to find how to set it - so my question is, who "owns" the built-in minimal template ? (b) Could you suggest any freeware tools to develop header images ? I don't want to spend a lot of time on them, but it would be nice if they didn't looked hacked together :-)

6 bobleah commented Permalink

@ John.Kelly - I assume you are talking about the sort order of comments? I agree. <div>&nbsp;</div> I'm the un-official owner of the Minimal theme... which I hacked together as part of a larger re-design project going on here at developerWorks. I have been using the theme as a testing vehicle to assist in formulating design concepts. <div>&nbsp;</div> Due to lots of requests, I made the theme available to all the bloggers here at developerWorks. If you run across issues, bugs, or have enhancements and feature suggestions, I'm the right guy to ask! <div>&nbsp;</div> I'm very fortunate to have an in house designer who rocks at graphics... so I was able to have my lead space image created by a pro, but for the other images I use in my blog posts, I use Paint.net, which is an open source offering similar to Photoshop. <div>&nbsp;</div> Again, thanks for blogging on developerWorks!!!

7 John.Kelly commented Permalink

@ bobleah - hey bob - a couple of points... <div>&nbsp;</div> (a) your in house designer does, in fact, rock <br /> (b) in fact i was talking about the blog order, but have just got to the bottom of that... i'd book marked it some time ago and hadn't noiced the url was https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/greenelk/?maxresults=15&amp;sortby=3&amp;lang=en :-) <br /> (c) thanks for the link to paint.net - yet another toy to fill the cold winter evenings with! <div>&nbsp;</div> cheers <br /> John

8 bobleah commented Permalink

@ John.Kelly - Glad you solved the sort mystery. I'm still going to look at changing the sort order for blog comments, I like the idea of showing the newest comment first. <div>&nbsp;</div> BTW, I will pass on to Ami you compliments on her skills!!!

9 jl.marechaux commented Permalink

Hi Bob. <br /> Thanks for this fantastic minimal theme. I have not explored all the possibilities yet, but I like very much what I have seen so far. I adopted your theme on my blog (https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/jlmarechaux/?lang=en) and I got a minor issue I don't understand. Each time I post something, the abstract on the main blog page starts with "&amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --&amp;amp;amp;gt;" <br /> I was able to get rid of it once, but I don't know how :-) Any clue?

10 bobleah commented Permalink

@ jl.marechaux - The blog post in question has an odd style embedded into it: <div>&nbsp;</div> You can see this style by editing the post, and clicking the -h- button on the editor toolbar. I suspect this HTML was embedded at the time you authored the post. This typically happens when blog authors cut &amp; paste their entry from another application, such as Word, or are using a non-supported browser, or even possibly a blog client. <div>&nbsp;</div> It is simple enough to fix, just edit the post, switch to HTML mode, and delete the offending style. If you have any problems, just let me know....

11 jl.marechaux commented Permalink

Thanks Bob. <br /> You are right, I was pasting from a Lotus Symphony document (odt). The problem is now solved. THANKS

12 bobleah commented Permalink

@ jl.marechaux - super! And thanks for blogging on devloperWorks!!!

13 jl.marechaux commented Permalink

Unfortunately..... another problem :-) <br /> Even if I am using a 1150x250 image, it is resized when added to the leadspace. Is there any trick to be sure avoid this? <br /> /Jean-Louis

14 bobleah commented Permalink

@ jl.marechaux - you were using a slightly down level minimal theme... <div>&nbsp;</div> I updated your blog with the latest templates... and you are now good to go. BTW, you blog looks FANTASTIC!

15 jl.marechaux commented Permalink

Thank you so much Bob for updating the template for me! And if my blog looks good, it is really because I reused your theme and one of you images for the leadspace. My next step is to add tabs but I am ready yet. It is a nice feature that you added to the template

16 bobleah commented Permalink

@ jl.marechaux - glad I could be of service! And again, thanks for blogging on developerWorks!

17 thartric commented Permalink

Looks great Bob! Continuous improvement!

18 bobleah commented Permalink

@ thartric - thanks Tom! <div>&nbsp;</div> The theme has come a long way these past 6 months.... and I appreciate the support from you and the team to get it integrated into the blog application as a standard template choice!

19 llindsay commented Permalink

Hi Bob, <div>&nbsp;</div> Thanks for the update. Does the lead space also work for group blogs?

20 bobleah commented Permalink

@ llindsay - yes, this technique will work for group or individual blogs. Also, the minimal theme will work on either style of blogs...

21 thartric commented Permalink

Hi Bob, I see your Blog is nearing 900K visits! Nice.

22 bobleah commented Permalink

@ thartric -- Thanks Tom!

23 lisaw commented Permalink

Bob, I really like the minimal theme. I'm trying to have a code snippet only show up on the main homepage. Since it's a combination of javascript and html it's not as easy as just pasting it into my home entry. Is there an easy way to check the script to see if I'm on my homepage to display it? <div>&nbsp;</div> Something like this? <div>&nbsp;</div> #if ($template-home-tag ==$my_current_page ) <br /> <p>You're on the homepage!</p> <br /> #end

24 lisaw commented Permalink

I answered my own question after digging into some of the templates.. looks like if you wanted to have just your homepage print out something specific, you could use: <br /> #if ($template-home-tag ==$model.weblogEntry.anchor ) <br /> #end <br /> assuming you make a homepage entry, specify a name for the page, and set that page in the options as your home.

25 jerberstark commented Permalink

Hi Bob, do you know if the minimal theme will continue to work after the migration to Connections v4? The FAQs for the migration seem to suggest that the theme won't be supported: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/home/wiki/Improvements%20in%20developerWorks%20Community?lang=en <div>&nbsp;</div> Thanks for any info! <div>&nbsp;</div> Jessica

26 bobleah commented Permalink

@Jessica -- I'm not directly part of the dW team any longer... however the last I heard, the minimal theme was going to be part of the base themes offered post upgraded. I have forwarded this inquiry to Tom, our manager in charge of the upgrade, and will ask him to chime in on this thread with an official answer.