It's almost the end of March and we've only received a couple entries for the CSS Framework Design Contest. In an effort to show what contest entries look like, I've
developed and deployed an application to http://css.appfuse.org (login as an administrator with mraible/tomcat). This
application utilizes the CSS Framework and has a few themes packaged
with it. In addition, you can set it to use an external stylesheet to
make development easier. The default theme and selectable themes are pretty ugly right now, so don't get your hopes up. The good news is this is a work-in-progress, so hopefully it'll get better soon.
The theme setup I'd like to use in AppFuse relies on loading a default.css from styles/themes/<theme name>. I've designated styles/default.css as a place to import the css-framework files, as well as specify rules for all themes. I'm open to alternative suggestions, but I think this is a good start.
I hope to evolve this application, along with the CSS Framework Design submissions to show what's possible with CSS in web applications - as well as provide a repository of downloadable themes. It's likely we won't ship the "CSS Selector" logic with AppFuse, but it should be easy to install one of these themes in your AppFuse-based application.
Since we've only received two theme submissions for the CSS Design Contest, I'm going to extend it to the end of April. Hopefully css.appfuse.org will encourage more participation. Any thoughts, comments or bug reports are most welcome.
Posted by Geert Bevin on March 28, 2006 at 02:14 AM MST #
Posted by Gilberto C. Andrade on March 28, 2006 at 06:02 AM MST #
Posted by Andy Keep on March 28, 2006 at 07:31 AM MST #
Andy, I noticed that yesterday as well. I've sent a message to Mike Stenhouse (the original author) - hopefully we'll get a download soon.
Posted by Matt Raible on March 28, 2006 at 08:34 AM MST #
I really think that visually appealing websites is not something many people can create, that it takes a real design professional to put together just a kick ass looking site. So where are the resources to educate developers when creating their pages that will ALLOW one of these kick ass designers to come in and easily create the css structure to turn a wonderfully functioning application into a wonderfully functioning and looking application.
I am thinking of a structure on laying out the proper div's, etc to make the life of a designer much easier. So that once the application pages are created with the correct structure, a designer would never have to touch any of the pages, just simply the css, etc.
I think developers are constantly struggling with creating even a decent looking UI, while if they had some logical structure laid out, they could hire a designer to come in and easily wrap the application with some css.
How does everyone deal with this? In most small teams I have been with, there is no clear delineation between developers and designers. So everyone is touching code, and everyone is touching the css styling, and the result is a somewhat ok looking application where everyone spent way too much time making it look just ok.
Posted by Chris Blackburn on March 28, 2006 at 03:14 PM MST #
Posted by Matt Raible on March 28, 2006 at 03:57 PM MST #
Posted by yan da zhi on March 29, 2006 at 10:43 PM MST #
Posted by Matt Raible on March 29, 2006 at 11:14 PM MST #
Posted by Matt Raible on March 30, 2006 at 12:18 PM MST #
Posted by markov on July 28, 2008 at 03:42 AM MDT #