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:::::::By the way, is anyone else having frequent trouble getting onto TG recently?  It happened just about forty seconds ago and then mysteriously cleared up.  But I think two days or so ago I couldn't get onto it almost all morning (or afternoon, I can't remember which). --[[User:Narfil Palùrfalas|Narfil Palùrfalas]] 15:52, 22 October 2006 (CDT)
 
:::::::By the way, is anyone else having frequent trouble getting onto TG recently?  It happened just about forty seconds ago and then mysteriously cleared up.  But I think two days or so ago I couldn't get onto it almost all morning (or afternoon, I can't remember which). --[[User:Narfil Palùrfalas|Narfil Palùrfalas]] 15:52, 22 October 2006 (CDT)
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::::::::We did have some downtime the other day (see [[Tolkien Gateway:Updates]]) but I'll take a l at the logs to see what was messed up a few minutes ago. Was it a MySQL error or just unable to connect? --[[User:Hyarion|Hyarion]] 16:16, 22 October 2006 (CDT)

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Tolkien Gateway > Council > New skin, cavendish


I've uploaded a new skin called cavendish (Preview) which is based on Mozilla.org. Let me know what you think, if you like it you can make it your default in your Preferences. There are a few things I'm going to try and change:

  • Move "Personal tools" below Navigation.
    • Done.
  • Fix the "Browse A B C..." area, not sure how to integrate those links yet.
    • Just removed them for now.
  • Maybe in the top yellow bar add some cursive Tengwar.
  • Move the logo to the right and down a little.
  • Make the width of everything slightly larger and maybe shrink the menu a bit.

I'd really like to get a solid skin out there that is more Tolkienish than that boring Monobook theme, this might be a better one to base the skin off of. Let me know what you guys think. --Hyarion 13:31, 14 October 2006 (EDT)

Well, I've switched to it, because it is now the default. Some comments:
  • Don't like the font as well. It seems harder to read for me.
  • The Tolkien Gateway title at the upper left seems out of place; it should be at least on a background the same color as the title bar.
More later. I've got to eat breakfast, but I'll be right back. --Narfil Palùrfalas 08:10, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
I was hoping to get some feedback before making it the default but no one said anything so I figured I'd make sure you guys noticed :) We can definitely play around with some fonts, do you have any specific suggestions or was the previous one the best? You can also create a personal skin for yourself and by adding one line you could change the font of the entire site. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by Tolkien Gateway being out of place, are we seeing the same thing? It should have "Tolkien Gateway" with a bit of dropshadow on the blue title bar background. Overall though, would you say the skin is at least an improvement over the old one? --Hyarion 12:38, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
Well, I really didn't pay much attention to the alternate skins. Yes, I think the previous font was the best. On my browser, at least, there is a sky-blue square behind the "Tolkien Gateway" letters on top of the dark blue bar with the "search". With those changes I mentioned, I do think it would be an improvement over the last one. I've forgotten any other comments I had, so they probably weren't very important. . . --Narfil Palùrfalas 14:10, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
Arg, I forgot IE doesn't know how to render alpha transparency. Leaving for an exam now but will have it fixed this afternoon. Thanks for letting me know. --Hyarion 14:28, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
I.E. now displays the logo properly (at least my v6.0 does). Let me know if you have any more issues with it. I still think I'll move it a bit over to the right. --Hyarion 01:50, 18 October 2006 (EDT)
My Firefox still displays the white bars at either side, while IE spreads the page all over the entire width of the screen. --Earendilyon 16:20, 17 October 2006 (EDT)
Heh just noticed that. Ironically I think IE is not displaying it properly yet IE the way I like it without so much white space on the side. Working on this now, then I'll work on shortening the menu width. --Hyarion 01:50, 18 October 2006 (EDT)
The sides of the page don't snap to the sides of the screen, and I still see the box behind the letters. Also, many of the images (if not all of them) don't have enough room and drop down below the sidebar. --Narfil Palùrfalas 17:59, 21 October 2006 (CDT)
Ya, I actually fixed the box in IE but if it works in IE it'll be broken in FF so I left it as is until I can work around that. I'd like to have a little whitespace on the side but definitely less than currently so I'm still working on that too, so much to do and IE is a pain, luckily IE7 displays it much more properly. --Hyarion 18:05, 21 October 2006 (CDT)
By the way, is anyone else having frequent trouble getting onto TG recently? It happened just about forty seconds ago and then mysteriously cleared up. But I think two days or so ago I couldn't get onto it almost all morning (or afternoon, I can't remember which). --Narfil Palùrfalas 15:52, 22 October 2006 (CDT)


We did have some downtime the other day (see Tolkien Gateway:Updates) but I'll take a l at the logs to see what was messed up a few minutes ago. Was it a MySQL error or just unable to connect? --Hyarion 16:16, 22 October 2006 (CDT)