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Typography in ImpressCMS Themes

As @madfish mentioned in another thread ) partly resurrected - there is some work on the typography of our themes. This might be interesting in that regard : A 7-step plan to become a typography expert.
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What are your considerations when starting a new theme, or improving an existing one? Do you trust CSS frameworks like Bootstrap 3 or Foundation 6 (or something a bit less widespread), or do you want to add your own personal 'special sauce' in your themes?

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How create a fancy Theme Select Block

A nice ImpressCMS feature is if you like users or visitors can select themes  But the classic Select Theme Block looks old and if you like play with modern select scripts or HTML5 there is a problem: template file (system_blocks_themes.html) has only one smarty var: <{$block.theme_select}>. All HTML code is in a core php file.


Well, let´s go change.


First edit /modules/system/blocks/system_blocks.php file and replace lines 593-600 with

$block = array();<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['imagenes'] = $options[0];<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;if ($options[0] == 1) {<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['imagenesruta'] =&nbsp; "" . ICMS_THEME_URL . "/" . $icmsConfig['theme_set'] . "/shot.gif" alt="screenshot" width="". (int) $options[1] . "";<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;} <br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['numero'] =&nbsp;&nbsp; sprintf(_MB_SYSTEM_NUMTHEME, count($icmsConfig['theme_set_allowed'])) ;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$block['opciones'] = $theme_options;<br />

We have now new smarty vars and can play with them in the template file.
    
    In /modules/system/templates/blocks/system_blocks_themes.html
    
    replace for
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<p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<div style="text-align: center;"><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<form action="index.php" method="post"><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<{if $block.imagenes}><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="<{$block.imagenesruta}>" vspace="2" id="icms_theme_img" /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<select id="theme_select" name="theme_select" onchange="showImgSelected('xoops_theme_img', 'theme_select', 'themes', '/shot.gif',<{$icms_url}>)"><{$block.opciones}></select><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<input type="submit" value="<{$smarty.const._GO}>" /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<{else}><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<select id="theme_select" name="theme_select" onchange="submit();" size="3"><{$block.opciones}></select><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<{/if}><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<p><{$block.numero}></p><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</div><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</form><br /></div><br />

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Now you can use mousewheel or fancy select scripts.
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Theme select: get out HTML from core and play with template file

A nice ImpressCMS feature is if you like users or visitors can select themes.  But the classic Select Theme Block looks old and if you like play with modern select scripts or HTML5 there is a problem: template file (system_blocks_themes.html) has only one smarty var: <{$block.theme_select}>. All HTML code is in a core php file.

themesselect1
Well, let´s go with changes.

Just look this code and apply the changes in your Impresscms installation.

You have now new smarty vars and HTML code in your template file. Only option tag remains.

However your look block will have not changes. It is normal because it is a matter for themes and templates.

You can now play with candy jQuery scripts as Select Inspiration, Fancy Select, mousewheel or HTML 5 features.

Example using the new code.

themesselect2

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