Damanique (damanique) wrote in suggestions,

A new style system - S3?

A new style system - S3?

Short, concise description of the idea
I am under the impression that a new style system is actually already under development. However, I can't find any recent news or updates about it anywhere on the site. I feel that LJ is desperately in need of a usable, design- and webstandard-friendly style system.

Full description of the idea
I started out today by thinking, 'I want to build my own 100% original S2 layout'. But I have always been disappointed by the documentation, the lack of full description of all available system functions and variables. Most advice on S2 consists of how to adapt existing layouts to your wishes, and not on how to build your own.
I Googled for more information about it, and came across this post in lj_design. As you can see it's almost a year old, and the issues haven't been adressed - at least not openly.

In my opinion, S2 is an odd system with not enough documentation on all available features, making it more difficult for programmers to use it, but moreover: it makes it impossible for the common (paid account) user to make a highly personalized LJ layout. I think all paid LJ users who wish to make their own layouts would cheer on a new system that is more usable, more in accordance with XHTML/CSS principles, and much cleaner and understandable in its documentation.

But as I said, I believe that LJ is already working on this... and I'm curious how far along you are.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Much more userfriendly for both experienced programmers and less code-savvy webdesigners
  • Adhering better to current webstandards
  • The possibility of changing your entire layout with a single CSS stylesheet, a la CSS Zen Garden, allowing for much more layout flexibility and creativity
  • Possibly better integration with Typepad, Movable Type

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Creating a whole new style system costs a LOT of work, time and money
  • The creation of the new system is possibly already in progress, so my point is moot

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Look at other existing layout systems for blogs, such as Moveable Type - which is also part of SixApart
Tags: s2, styles, § rejected
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