Joomla! Templates

Joomla! Templates

By: Angie Radtke (author)Paperback

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Master All Facets of Joomla! Site Customization with Templates Now, for the first time, there's a complete, authorized guide to template design, development, and customization with Joomla!. Packed with examples, this clear, concise, practical text covers everything from beginning-level skills to power techniques-even creating new HTML5-native mobile views, today's most exciting new Joomla! capability. Internationally renowned Joomla! expert Angie Radtke brings together essential knowledge about usability, CSS, information architecture, PHP, JavaScript, accessibility, HTML5, and more. Using concrete examples, Radtke guides you through applying these technologies and best practices to construct and deploy world-class site templates. You'll walk through every key technical option, fully understanding the internal interactions that control Joomla! template behavior. Radtke concludes by walking you step-by-step through a complete workshop project: transforming a template created in Photoshop into a working Joomla! template. Joomla!(R) Templates will be invaluable for every professional web designer and developer who uses Joomla!, for advanced nonprofessional users, and for less experienced users who want to customize their own sites instead of paying others to do it. This title's concise, easy-to-use coverage includes * Using Joomla! templates to customize any website to your exact requirements * Learning how Joomla! templates are structured and how they behave * Quickly changing a Joomla! site's look and feel * Making sure your templates fully support accessibility and standards * Getting your basic template structure into shape with CSS and HTML * Designing responsive Joomla! templates and sites * Supercharging your templates with JavaScript * Analyzing HTML, CSS, and accessibility * Integrating template components, including index.php, the XML file, template parameters, and language files * Adapting and modifying output via the system template * Mastering advanced template customization

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About Author

Angie Radtke is a member of Joomla!'s design and accessibility team. An accomplished web designer, she developed the Beez 2.0 and Beez 5 templates for barrier-free design that are now included in the Joomla! package. Her consultancy, Der Auftritt, specializes in creating targeted communication solutions for web and print. Through her work, she has repeatedly proven that appealing designs, accessibility, and content management systems can work together seamlessly. Radtke's web design for the German Foundation Against Global Hunger and Poverty has been nominated for the DMMV's Multimedia Award for Barrier-Free Web Design.


Introduction xvii Acknowledgments xxi About the Author xxiii Chapter 1: The Basis: Designing the Content and Visual Concept 1 It All Starts with the Structure 1 Recognizing User Expectations 2 Page Layout-Visually Structuring Content 3 The Graphical Layout-Visual Appearance Matters 7 Fixed and Fluid Layouts 16 Chapter 2: Accessibility-What Is It? 19 The Legal Basis 20 Visual Impairment 21 Motor Disabilities 29 Deafness 31 Learning Disabilities 31 Seniors 33 Chapter 3: CSS and HTML-Getting the Basic Structure into Shape 35 A Few Words about the History 35 Which Version of HTML Should I Use? 36 The Basic HTML Structure 38 A Brief Introduction to CSS 38 Using Multiple Classes Together 44 Positioning and Box Model 47 CSS Hacks and Browser Problems 52 CSS Tuning 54 CSS3-A Brief Overview 55 Vendor Prefixes 55 Overview of the Three Most Useful CSS Statements 56 Chapter 4: Responsive Web Design 59 But How Does It Work? 59 CSS3 Media Queries 60 Adapting Graphics and Videos 61 Using HTML5 Apps 62 Chapter 5: PHP and Joomla! 63 Integrating PHP 63 Comments 65 echo 65 Conditions: if Statements 66 For Pros: Accessing Objects and Their Values 68 Chapter 6: MooTools 71 Why MooTools? 72 MooTools Quick Start-Dollar Functions and Events 73 The MooTools Core in Action 74 The Class System 76 The MooTools Principle 79 Related Links 81 Chapter 7: Tools 83 HTML Validator and CSS Validator 83 Web Developer Toolbar 84 Firebug 85 Helpful Tools for Accessibility 86 Accessibility Extensions for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox 87 Chapter 8: Now for the Details: A First Look at Templates 91 Atomic 91 beez 20 and beez5 91 The Template Manager: Styles 92 The Template Manager: Templates 94 Installing Templates 99 Chapter 9: The Underlying Structure 101 The Heart of the Matter, the index.php 102 The css Folder 102 templateDetails.xml 103 The images Folder 103 The html Folder 103 The javascript Folder 103 The language Folder 103 component.php 103 error.php 104 template thumbnail.png and template preview.png 104 favicon.ico 104 The fonts Folder 105 The index.html 105 Chapter 10: The index.php: The Heart of the Matter 107 The Document Head 107 And Off We Go: The Body 114 Chapter 11: The XML File and the Template Parameters 117 templateDetails.xml: General Information 117 Template Parameters: config 124 Chapter 12: The Language Files 135 How Joomla! Translates Constants to Multiple Languages 135 Adding Your Own Languages 136 Joomla! Conventions for Using Language Strings 137 Language Files in index.php Using the Examples of Skip Links 137 Chapter 13: Modules-Dynamics within the Presentation 139 jdoc:include 139 Integrating the Module Flexibly into the Layout 149 The Module Class Suffix 151 The Menu Module 155 Chapter 14: Designing Default Output Individually 161 Inspecting the Default Output 161 The Page Class Suffix 162 Template Overrides 165 Model-View-Controller 166 Chapter 15: The System Template: Adapting and Modifying Output 173 System Notices 173 Replacing System Graphics 179 component.php and How to Do Magic with It 179 offline.php 183 Chapter 16: Advanced Template Customization Tricks 185 When the Reading Direction Changes: Right-to-Left Languages 185 PHP Browser Switch 187 PHP Tricks 189 Chapter 17: The Default Templates and Their Features 193 beez 20 and beez5 Templates 193 Atomic Template 207 Chapter 18: Practical Implementation 211 Concept of the Beez Templates 212 Chapter 19: Step by Step to a New Layout 217 Step 1: Positioning the Navigation 218 Step 2: Filling the Center Column with Content 218 Step 3: Adjusting the Number of Articles 223 Step 4: Visually Designing the Header 223 Step 5: Integrating the Module Position for the Header Picture 235 Step 6: Adapting the Footer 239 Step 7: Adapting the Minimum Height of Content 240 Step 8: The First Tests 241 Step 9: Customizing Typography 245 Step 10: Formatting Module Headings 246 Step 11: Assigning the Background Image to the Homepage Article 249 Step 12: Final Tests 253 Chapter 20: Integrating Custom Features 259 The Header Image-A Background Image? 259 Using HTML5 Effectively 265 Chapter 21: Final Tasks: Fine-Tuning and Creating an Installable Zip Archive 273 Fine-Tuning 273 Adapting the XML File 277 Creating a Zip Archive 278 Appendix 279 Useful Links 279 Helpful Functions 282 CSS Classes Used and Their Elements 283 Index 315

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  • publication date: 01/08/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780321827319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780321827319
  • weight: 549
  • ISBN10: 0321827317

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