Theme Modifying in myDeveloperWorks
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Since my blog was moved from the old Developerworks site into the myDeveloperWorks framework I've been trying to get some widgets back and reset the theme. It seemed like beyond the scope of what the interface the new framework provides... until I found the hidden menu that appears when you change to a "custom" theme.
Thanks to Bob Leah and co for the background information.
For anyone wanting to try it for themselves, select the basic colour theme you want (in my case blue) then change to the 'custom' theme 'colour'
A magic templates menu will appear in the settings area, where you can modify the general look and feel of the main pages. I've got a modified template if anyone wants to see what I did. I did like the old general bio info and picture at the start of my blog, and as you will see its back. This took a little while to work out - my HTML days are long ago - back at University when HTML FORMs were complex stuff! Most of my HTML coding was done using PERL and CGI interfaces. Quite a few of the internal day to day problem log and defect management web pages we use in the department are still running the fruits of my labour back in the late 90's.
However it didn't take long to work out the syntax, and move a few things around, change the view from my 'shortname' to real name, and the main thing was un-truncating my blog title. No longer is this "An exchange and discu..."
If any of the old time bloggers from the old site want a copy of the template, just me an email, or post here.
Now... if I can just work out how to change the orange banner...