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Theming with Skinr!

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
303 Chapter Three

Presented by

Jacine Rodriguez (Jacine)
Gravitek Labs
Design, Theme, and UsabilityDesign, Theme, and Usability
Style & substance: Learn about trends, techniques, and tools.

Skinr is a tool that allows themes to define styles and makes those styles available in Drupal's UI for easy application and reuse. It is a simple, but powerful tool to help you create more flexible themes with a longer shelf-life.

In this session, we'll cover:

  • The Basics: How Skinr works and getting it to work with your theme
  • Best practices: Planning, starting with a good base and anticipating the unexpected
  • How to define skins
  • Getting more advanced with hook restrictions, JavaScript and CSS files.

We'll also:

  • Show off Skinr and it's new features (coming soon) in action
  • Explain and demo how Skinr can help you make your clients very happy. :D
  • Tell you where to find great contributed themes that support Skinr and do really cool things with it

Experience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Industry: education, entertainment, library, marketing, media, non-profit
Tags: skinr, theming

Here are the slides and 960 Grid System skins I promised.

Your presentation was very exciting and one of the best at the conference. Thanks.

I returned and the first thing I did was to install Skinr and enable it. When I went to configure it, I quickly discovered that I had to have some CSS Style to include.

You mentioned that one of the advantages of Skinr was that we could all exchange classes. I would like to have a small set of test classes to put in my CSS just to get a feel for how it works. Where can I get a few. I don't really care what they are so long as I can just apply them and see how the module works. Is there a site or an exchange in this group?

I am not very strong at programming, but I have specialized in writing documentation. While I think your work has been great, the documentation could be a lot better for a person like me who is more of a Drupal user and site creator than developer or programmer. I thought I would take a crack at some additions once I can get the module working for myself if you would welcome that.

Last, does it matter in which of the many CSS files the Skiner additional styles are pasted into and is there any preferable location within the CSS file for the pasting?