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I told a few people I'll make something more for text heavy purposes, with readable colours. The purpose of this is to have a pretty simple layout, so that when you use it on a small screen (like phones), it'll still be readable and clean. This way, if you make giant walls of text, like fiction, it will look like an e-reader. Both ways it should work on big monitors and little ones.
It's also made so that you can showcase your fiction (or site or art, etc) with the module order at the top, so your links, custom text, even sticky entries. The sizes of the custom font should still allow easy use of fancy codes (like navigation) without borking them. To see it with all its modules where they best are, check out lipsum, even though it's SUPER MESSY.
Crystal Ball is named after "Crystal Ball" by Keane.
ABOUT THE LAYOUT
It's a super simple and layout with no patterns and only custom font, mostly for the purpose of writing:
- Screen Width: Aim for bigger than 1024+, but should be any cos it's--
- Fluid Width: Also phone friendly, cos that's the purpose!
- Custom: Navigation Bar, Comments, Icons, Hover Pop-up thing, Sticky Entries.
- Fonts: The fonts chosen are Varela (san serif) for titles, and Droid Serif (serif) for body text. Both of these fonts are good for lots of text.
--- The open source used here is Google Fonts, but I am sure Brick.im has Droid Serif at least.
- Optimal on: Firefox and Chrome (and consequently their forks and Opera). Works on Internet Explorer and Safari too (at least I think so when I clicked around).
--- Decently passable on phone screens because that's my aim.
WHAT CAN YOU USE THIS FOR?
- Journals + Communities (of any kind)
- Walls of text
- Actual online novel?!
- Browsing on the phone/tablet/small screens without squinting at layouts until DW becomes fully responsive.
HOW TO INSTALL
1. Select Tabula Rasa: Plain. (the ultimate layout base in DW)
2.1 Scroll down and choose a Page Set Up: Choose "1 Column (modules at top and bottom; no sidebar)".
--- NOTE: It doesn't work on anything else.
3 Reorder and Choose Modules: Choose the ones you want, and put them according:
3.1: Put these in Main Module Section
- Navigation (1st position)
- Link List (any position after 1)
- Tags (in any position after 1): Change to Cloud
--- Change number of tags to 0 if you want for all tags.
- Custom Text (any position after 1)
3.2: Put These in Secondary Module Section in Any Order
- Profile, Calendar, Syndication, Page Summary, Recent Active Entries, Style Credit, Search, Cut Tag Controls, Time Loaded, Powered By
--- None of these will appear in Main Module Section even if you put them there
- Any of the above in Main Module Section can also go here. Tags can be in any form.
4. Customise Links and Custom Text:
4.2 Custom Text of any kind: Scroll down to "Custom Text" options.
--- You can change the names of anything here anyway
5.1 Custom CSS: Make sure "Use layout's stylesheet(s)" is checked.
--- It uses the original Plain css. My code just overlaps extra on top of it.
--- This method keeps all these layouts practically mobile responsive.
--- I dare you to uncheck the box. Do it. The layout will look super hideous.
5.2 Copy and paste the following code into "Use embedded CSS"
6. And just so people can find and use this layout too, credit tofuhouse somewhere on your journal or profile page!
--- Helpful code to copy and paste: <a href="http://tofuhouse.dreamwidth.org/
OPTIONAL STUFF This is super customisable again, though you don't have to do much to get what you want.
COLOUR: The colours are basically grey: they're chosen according to sources that recommend colours for reading on a screen. Aside from one red colour for links (red to keep it warm). That single red colour is #790000
CUSTOM ICON PAGE: Check it out, it's pretty cool. I even put in more than one icon now cos it looked so lonely before. How do you get this thing working? Go to Settings: Display, and make sure you check the box "Show my journal's icons pages in my chosen style instead of the site layout".
While you're there...
CUSTOM COMMENT PAGE: I coded it to work, and in fact this time it might be better to stick with the custom layout, but sometimes it's still easier to turn it off and use dreamwidth's default look. The comment system and nesting is much more cleaner on the default site skin, that's why, even though I really tried refining the comments in this layout so that you can use it for writing for as much as possible (and it should be fine!) Anyway, if you do want to change it, go to Settings: Display, and make sure you uncheck the box "Show my journal's entry pages in my chosen style instead of the site skin".
And that's pretty much it! Have fun with my further masochistic attempts at productivity (⊙◞౪◟⊙)