the highest echelon of coolness. (rocketbox) wrote in suggestions,
the highest echelon of coolness.

Possible Addition to the S2 Style System: A 'Content-Drop' Property

Possible Addition to the S2 Style System: A 'Content-Drop' Property

Short, concise description of the idea
A property that will allow users with customizable accounts to incorporate multiple views into their LASTN page.

Full description of the idea
In creating custom styles, a property such as %%(viewtype)content%% would give users the ability to deposit the content of their Friends and/or Calendar view into arbitrarily-placed tables or layers, thus having two or more elements of LiveJournal views visible at once. (Here is a screenshot of a personal design that may help as a visual aid.)

An ordered list of benefits

  • It would encourage designers to get more creative with their LiveJournal styles, as well as be a great drawing point for free users wanting the customizability only available with paid accounts.
  • It would give users some of the same functionality as iFrames without the same security risks, as the content is sourced from LiveJournal itself.
  • The ability would yield a new level of functionality and convenience, giving LiveJournal another one-up over other online diary communities.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Coding the property, of course, may be involving - but with the new style system now in development, wouldn't this be the opportune time? -g-
  • Usage of this property would, in most cases, require that the user restructure his/her Friends and/or Calendar views slightly so that they fit in with the rest of his/her design. As such, I would estimate that the design experience needed would be moderate to high; however, I'm confident that even those with low or nonexistant levels of design experience will catch on quickly, either by using shared templates or examining the code others have implemented. (Isn't that how most of us learn, anyway?)
  • If anyone sees any other drawbacks to the implementation of this idea, please comment and let me know.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • As I am unsure of how the new style system is being constructed, I cannot offer any thoughts on how such a step would be undertaken. However; it seems that a content-drop would work in much the same way as the %%datetime%% property drops the date and time, structurally predefined by the user - only on a larger scale.
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