Hello Kitty, Destroyer of Worlds (rahaeli) wrote in lj_userdoc,
Hello Kitty, Destroyer of Worlds

Proposed S2 FAQs

It's time for us to write S2 FAQs. Whitaker has told me that S2 is most likely not to undergo massive and radical change at this point (it's nearly "finished", and far more users have been using it). I've been watching Support for the last week or so to see what users are asking, and this is my result.

Under the cut, plz to be finding my proposed list of FAQs for supporting S2. I welcome and encourage all feedback. New FAQ #7, in particular, is not finished, and I'd like people to chime in and provide a list of basic things that can only be done under S2. Most of the things I could think of were more in the Advanced options, which I would prefer not to include in the FAQs (that's what the Advanced documentation is for). I'm looking for a few more bullet points that highlight the things that S2 can do that S1 can't, and are readily available through /customize/ in at least one layout.

The goal for these FAQs is to be a gentle introduction to S2, aimed primarily at the novice user. The existing S2 FAQs will not be replaced; these will be added. (Though http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=168 will need a revising, and might wind up as one of the FAQs below.)

My questions for you are:

* What else needs to be documented in the FAQs?
* Are these easy enough to read?
* Are there any factual inaccuracies? (I don't think so, but it's possible.)
* What phrasings would you suggest changing?

I am undecided on the question of whether or not we should cover "basic" Advanced Customization in the FAQs -- perhaps a brief summary of the advanced docs, such as "how do I create a layer" and "how do I create a S2 style"? Thoughts?

1. What is the difference between S1 and S2? Which should I use?

Style System 1 (S1), LiveJournal's original style system, is controlled through the use of overrides and the Edit Style page. Style System 2 (S2) is a LiveJournal-specific programming language that also has a simple and easy-to-use "wizard" interface. It was created to provide an easy and flexible interface, while still allowing for advanced customization.

Which style system you should use to customize your journal depends on your level of familiarity with HTML and CSS.

Users who are not familiar with HTML and CSS, or who only want to alter minor aspects of their journal's appearance, should use the S2 system. S2's customization wizards will walk you through the process of customizing your journal without having to learn HTML. For information on basic S2 customization, please see (URL of new FAQ 5).

Intermediate-level users, who are familiar with HTML and CSS but not comfortable learning a new layout language, should continue to use the S1 system. More information on the S1 system and how it works can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqcat=customize.

Advanced users, or people who are comfortable with learning a new layout language, can use S2 to control their journal's layout exactly. For information on advanced S2 customization options, please see (URL of new FAQ 6)

There are also a number of features that are S2-specific. For information on these features, please see (URL of new FAQ 7).

2. How do I switch my journal between S1 and S2?

To change your style system options, go to http://www.livejournal.com/customize/. Select either S1 or S2 from the drop-down box, and hit the "Change" button.

If you want to customize your journal using S2, you can do so at http://www.livejournal.com/customize/ as well. Once you have selected a S2 layout to use, you will see the customization options offered by that layout.

The S1 style system is controlled at http://www.livejournal.com/modify.bml.

You can switch your journal between S1 and S2, and each style system's settings will be saved. This means that you can choose the other style system, and if you decide that you don't like it, you can switch back and your journal's customization will not be lost.

3. Why can I not find my overrides box?

You have selected the S2 style system, which is not controlled by overrides. Please see (URL of new FAQ 1) for information on each style system and which users it is most appropriate for.

(URL of new FAQ 2) contains information on switching your journal between the S1 and S2 style systems.

4. Why are not all customization options available for all S2 layouts?

Each S2 layout allows for different customization features. The options that are available for each layout will appear at http://www.livejournal.com/customize/ once you have selected a style. If the option that you are interested in does not appear in a particular style, you can select a different style which does support that option.

5. How do I customize my S2 layout?

Once you have selected S2 as your style system (URL to new FAQ 2), go to http://www.livejournal.com/customize/.

In step 1, you select which layout you wish to use. If you want to see what the layouts look like before using them on your journal, click the (Previews) link. The "Component" and "The Boxer" layouts are only available to Paid Accounts and Permanent Accounts. All other layouts can be selected by any user. If you choose a different layout, you will need to click the "Change" button before any layout-specific options appear.

Step 2 allows you to select your journal's primary language and your color scheme. Both of these depend on which layout you have selected. Each layout has its own color schemes, and supports different languages.

If you want to customize your layout further, click on the "Customize" button under the Change Individual Settings heading. This will allow you to select the layout-specific options. You can also select a custom range of colors for your journal.

To set customization options that do not appear on the first page of the Customize page, click on the tabs that appear on the top of the Customize box.

Once you have finished selecting your options, click the "Save" button to apply your customizations to your journal.

6. Where do I go to learn more about advanced S2 customization?

Paid Accounts, Permanent Accounts, and Early Adopters can use the Advanced Customization area of S2. The Advanced Customization area is designed for people who are interested in learning the S2 language.

S2 documentation can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/customize/advanced/.

7. Which customizations are only available under each style system?

The following features are only available under the S2 system. Not all system layouts support all options, but at least one layout does. Options marked with a @ are only available to Paid Accounts, Permanent Accounts, and Early Adopters.

* @ "Skinned" comment pages to match your journal layout
* Displaying user picture icons next to each entry on your front journal page
* @ Complete control of journal layout across all views, via use of the Advanced options (URL of new FAQ 6)
* Easy "wizard" interface to customize your journal without knowing HTML


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