CAPS LIKE WHOA (jc) wrote in lj_userdoc,

Restructuring Customization: part 1

In case you've been hiding under a rock this past week or so, a new Customize Area has been unleashed in beta form. This version significantly de-emphasises the "old style system", aka S1, and the terminology surrounding S1 and S2, so the FAQ needs to change accordingly, and somewhat significantly. It's my job to co-ordinate this effort, so let's give it a shot.

We have three FAQ categories covering customization: Customization itself, Style System 1, and Style System 2. With S1 becoming more and more deprecated and unsupported, I'd like to do the following:
  • Rename the Customization category to Journal Customization;
  • Move all S2 FAQs into Journal Customization;
  • Rename the Style System 1 category to Journal Customization - Old Style System or similar; and
  • Split off advanced topics to an Advanced Journal Customization category.
And that's just for starters. Every single FAQ in these three categories will have to be edited, or merged with other FAQs. I'll go over what I think needs to happen to each FAQ in the next few entries, and as ever, everything is open to discussion and ideas that are better than mine.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with the FAQ listing as I see it:

Journal Customization

  • How do I customize the look of my journal or community?
  • What can I easily customize? (Replaces the stricken FAQs in this section...)
  • How do I change what my comment links say?
  • How do I change the number of journal entries per page?
  • How do I change the font used for my entire journal?
  • How do I add a background image?
  • How do I add a title and subtitle to my journal?
  • How do I add a counter and track visitors to my journal?
  • How do I edit my journal's "Blurb" or "About This Journal" free text area?
  • How do I add or edit a Link List?
  • How do I change the appearance of my comment pages or other users' comment pages?
  • How do I see community userpics on my Friends page?
  • Why can't I use certain styles or customization options?
  • Why can't I use HTML embedding tags, JavaScript, or Flash on LiveJournal?
  • Which options are supported by each public S2 layout?

Advanced Journal Customization

  • What are the common customizations?
  • How do I add background music to my journal?
  • How do I create a custom style from scratch?
  • What are the different style layer types?
  • How do I embed my LiveJournal into my website?
  • Where can I learn more about advanced customization?

Customization in the Old Style System (S1)

  • What is the old style system? How do I switch my journal to or from it?
  • How do I customize my journal using S1?
  • What are overrides? How do they work?
  • How do I add a background image in S1?
  • Where can I learn more about S1 customization?
  • Why won't my overrides work?
  • I tried to customize my journal using overrides and now it won't display. Why?
  • How do I create a custom S1 style?
  • What are the common S1 customizations?
Obviously this'll change over time as we update individual FAQs to reflect the new ways of doing things. For the S1 FAQs, we should also put big warning boxes saying you're on your own if you follow these instructions.

Thoughts please? In my next post, I'll cover what needs to happen with the Journal Customization FAQs.

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