... Tweaking the Sidebar ...
I can't stand some things about the sidebar, and I must fix them now (template versions 0.04-0.05):
- The differences in font colors and weights between headings on the sidebar and the main body are repulsive. The body heading colors work fine. [0.04 partway there]
- There is no list of recent posts (and how did I miss that?). I am cribbing that from Orcmid's Lair. [0.04 addition; 0.05 some appearance improvement]
- I may as well grab a list of related blogs while I am doing that. [0.04 addition; 0.05 some appearance improvement]
- I need to set the sequence on the model I am accustomed to as well:
- Description, to be simpler, maybe smaller type
- Atom feed indicator and symbol [0.04 addition]
- Associated Blogs list [0.04 addition]
- Blogger badge [0.04 move]
- Search badge
- Replacement of profile with smaller picture, blogs that link here, view my profile and technorati badge
- ClustrMap [0.04 addition]
- Recent Items [0.04 addition]
- Archive [0.04 change - still need to fix fonts and appearance]
- I am self-hosting this blog, so the internationalization of static headings is irrelevant and I can simplify styles further [0.04 start]
I need to be careful and not attempt too much of this all at once. This is going to be one of those pages that I will probably update as I make progress.
Update 2008-08-20T23:54Z: A set of provisional changes are made with template version 0.04 with the idea of tweaking further after seeing the template at work.
Update 2008-08-21T01:07Z: The biggest change is to get rid of link underlining and use bold-face as well as an improved link color. This and some minor layout adjustments are accomplished with template version 0.05. I am going to let those sit there for a while until I see how to make the layout more pleasant still.
Update 2008-08-21T01:14Z: The changes work better if I save the new template to Blogger after previewing it.
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