Abby (aveleh) wrote in lj_userdoc,
Abby
aveleh
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CSS focus on S2

A follow up to bridgetester's post yesterday about FAQ 168 and FAQ 7, but moved to top-level.

I've been bothered by these statements in the FAQs:
You should use the S1 system if you're familiar with HTML and CSS, but you don't want to learn the S2 layout language.
and
If you're unfamiliar with HTML and CSS, or only want to alter small parts of your journal's appearance, the S2 customization wizards will walk you customizing your journal.

I think at this point, with the Custom CSS options available for every layout, S2 is the better system for those who are comfortable with CSS. Obviously S1 is still good for those who are comfortable with both, and S2 doesn't work for those who want to edit HTML, but I think it's a good idea to make it clearer that S2 is good for CSS editing.

My ideas:

  • Current: Additionally, S2 allows in-depth, advanced customization as a LiveJournal-specific programming language.
    Example change: Additionally, S2 allows Custom CSS as well as in-depth, advanced customization as a LiveJournal-specific programming language.
    I think it's definitely important to point out that it's very easy to make CSS changes with S2.

  • Current: You should use the S1 system if you're familiar with HTML and CSS, but you don't want to learn the S2 layout language.
    Example: You should use the S1 system if you're familiar with HTML, but you don't want to learn the S2 layout language.
    This one I'm less sure about because it's technically more correct with CSS in the statement, but I think that HTML is the more relevant part.

  • Most importantly, I'd like an extra section added in between the "easy wizard" and "advanced programming" sections, that mentions CSS. Because right now, if you are a new user who is comfortable with CSS ala csszengarden, reading this FAQ you would think that S1 is the better option. Something about how if you are familiar with CSS, each layout offers an option to add your own Custom CSS.



I'm not trying to make someone else write this, but I do struggle with it, so I wanted to make sure I was headed in the right direction before I started. What do other style people think? From my completely non-S1 POV, it seems like S2 is the best option for doing CSS customizations but the FAQ doesn't reflect that.

Also, uniquewonders brings up the point that this is likely a good FAQ to explain that S2 offers more views, more styles, and more support (location and tags).
Tags: cat-customize, cat-s1, faq168, faq7, status-rejected
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