Tuesday 4 November 2008

The Changing face of BRAM

I have been playing with different designs. Some of the followers of my blog will have noticed that it has gone through a few style changes lately. These pictures at the left are the history of the appearance. It started with a standard a variation of 'Rounders 2' by Douglas Bowman that I had modified a few years back to have the sidebar on the left and not the right.

Then I decided to do away with the rounded edges and clear out the blogroll, sidebar buttons and other thinks to simplify the design and layout.

After that I Put my family tartan in the background did some more hacking to create a dropdown menu for the archive, for after 3 years it was over 36 entries and a long list.

Some further hacking has allowed me to add an image in the header and footer. I have played with a few different ones and have settles on the current for now. I have a friend custom drawing one that will hopefully appear sometime soon.

Then last night I managed to split my sidebar and make it a three column template. It functions on a variety of
browsers and platforms. I have tested it with Firefox 2, Firefox 3; Internet Explorer 6 and 7; Netscape 6,7,8 and 9; Seamonkey 1.11 and 1.12; Opera 8, 9.2, 9.5, 9.6; Google Chrome, Safari, the World, Konqueror and Flock. I have also done testing across platforms, (see Playing with multi-OS's or Unleashing the Inner Geek) I have done testing in XP, Vista, Win 2k3, Fedora 6,7,8; Suse 10 server and desktop, Mac OSX, and some other legacy OS's.

I like the new look and feel but would like some feedback. So use the comments and let me know what you think.

(Note: as of tonight I have added scroll bar link lists to limit the size of lists on the left hand side. Everyday learning something new. Or at least I hope so.)

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