CSS Improvements in Firefox 1.5

CSS Improvements
Some areas of CSS2 are still begging for full support in today’s browsers. Firefox 1.5 is another step forward in supporting these obscure-but-useful features:

Nested quotes
If you put quotes within quotes (e.g. I said, The guy told me it was A-OK!), Firefox 1.5 will now intelligently use “double quotes” for the outer quote and ‘single quotes’ for the inner one. If you’d like to change this behaviour, you can set the CSS quotes property accordingly.

Custom cursors
Of course you can use the CSS cursor property to change the appearance of the mouse pointer when hovering over a given element. But Firefox 1.5 is the first release where you can specify the URL to an image file that will be used for the pointer.

Outlines are good for highlighting elements without modifying the layout of the page. Unlike CSS borders, outlines don’t take up space, and may be non-rectangular. Other than that, the CSS outline properties work very much like the border properties.

CSS counters let you generate numbers much like those generated for an ordered list except that you can use CSS to place these counters wherever you like. Elements need not be a part of the one list to share a counter, and you can nest multiple counters to number things like sections and sub-sections (e.g. Section 1.2.3.).

10 Free Themes Short Term Success

Thanks again to everyone that has emailed, MSN’n or otherwised linked to or downloaded the SharePoint Theme Pack.

In 48 hours there have been over 1200 visitors to the document library specifically and over 350 downloads.

For those that have not already downloaded them, you can grab them from the Team Tools section of our website @ http://www.infotechcanada.com/teamtools (choose the Free Theme Pack link on the left)

10 tips to make your websites more accessible

Courtesy of the W3C:

The links in the Quick Tips below mostly go to the techniques documents that provide implementation guidance – including explanations, strategies, and detailed markup examples.

1. Images & animations: Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual.
2. Image maps. Use the client-side map and text for hotspots.
3. Multimedia. Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
4. Hypertext links. Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid “click here.”
5. Page organization. Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style where possible.
6. Graphs & charts. Summarize or use the longdesc attribute.
7. Scripts, applets, & plug-ins. Provide alternative content in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported.
8. Frames. Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.
9. Tables. Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarize.
10. Check your work. Validate. Use tools, checklist, and guidelines at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG

10 free themes to spice up your SharePoint sites.

As mentioned before the reason I have been blogging so much about theme customization is due to the fact that I have been creating them, a lot of them. In fact here are 10 you can use to spice up your own SharePoint sites. You can use them as often as you like, share them with your friends/co-workers. Not for re-sale.

Note: Setup instructions (as well as the necessary XML) is provided in the readme.txt file inside the themepack.zip.

The Theme Pack is courtesy of Infotech Canada’s Team Tools.
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More on the 10 Free Themes for your SharePoint sites

Thanks to those that have been downloading the themes, emailing and MSN’ing me. For those of you that are interested in learning a little more on theme customization, or those that wish to tweak the ones I created there are suprises in the theme.css files (source) for you. Fairly detailed comments to help you on your way.

If you have not already downloaded the 10 free themes feel free to grab them from the Team Tools site.

Happy customizing!

Free SharePoint Theme Pack – Download Now

I usually try to encourage companies that are interested in branding their portals or team sites to develop custom themes for their SharePoint environments instead of A) using FrontPage to manipulate visual design elements by changing table or page background colours or B) changing the default css files associated with the portal. Several months ago, we released a single theme for people to download for free. It turned out to be a hit for a lot of people so we decided to make even more available.

The default look and feel of SharePoint can be a little…how can we say this…boring. Plus many of the themes available out of the box are well…not very nice. So our team put together 10 unique, fun and colorful themes to help brighten up your SharePoint sites.

The great thing about these themes is that you can use them as they are now, or you may decide to customize them a little further by doing things such as adding your company logo to them. For more information on how you can add your company logo to a theme, visit Shane’s blog.

Hopefully having 10 (actually 11) free samples available now will be the kickstart everybody needs to start heading in the right direction with respect to WSS customization.

Download and Preview the Team Tools Theme Pack Here.


The Theme Pack is made available courtesy of Infotech Canada’s Team Tools