nex, September 23, 2002 at 8:08:09 PM CEST
Colour Modification Parameters
Colours. On Antville, you have a background, title, text, small text, link, active link, and visited link colour respectively. If you edit the style sheet, you can invent new classes and make up even more colours. You can have seperate colours for questions, answers, tips, alerts, dreams or stories. You can define your very own colour scheme.
Now what if your visitors could choose from one of several ready-made colour schemes and pick the one that fits their mood best? What if you had an image with a whole rainbow in it and your visitors could click anywhere to make the whole site that colour? Phew, lots of work, you might think, you'd have to define all those colour schemes.
Well, no, you don't have to. You can use colour modification parameters. You can tell your Antville site that links should be the same colour as your text, just a little brighter and a bit more saturated, more tinted. You might figure the background could be the inverse colour of the text, so there's a good contrast, but as it turns out that that doesn't look too good, you specify that it shouldn't be as saturated, but paler, almost grey. And finally you set your titles to be like the text, just a bit darker and with a slightly different hue, a little greener. That's exactly what you did when you set up your *.antville colour scheme? Sure, but if you tell the system about those considerations, you can change your text colour, and everything else will adapt accordingly. Woo-hoo!
sounds good, but i would prefer a real multi-skin environment where user may choose between some (from admin configured) skins.
as i said in the full story, what i did is not much, but it's a start. my master plan also includes offering the user choices.
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