So, what do /you/ like in your skin?
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 9:49:42 PM
Since this project has started as a re-sizing of 'no-name', obviously I need to change all of the buttons. That is, however, going to be the /last/ step, since it's going to be the most tedious for me. That is, unless someone out there wants to make a bunch of buttons /for/ me! But failing that, I'm pretty handy with a raster-editor, so I'll be fine. I also want to change the color scheme.
But first I need to finish the look. As you can see, the address and zoom bars have border-lines on their left and right, but not the top. I think I want to add a top border to each, but I don't want to increase the height of the bar on which they lie (i.e. from the buttons to the left of the address bar to the zoom button on the right). I think Opera has coded some sort of "minimum height" that the address bar itself takes up (which is slightly annoying since there's about 4 or 5 pixel-lines that could be saved if it could be made shorter), so I think I may be out of luck to add a top-border that doesn't increase the height.
Also, in that screenshot, what you don't see is that the space between "help" and "menu" in the tool-bar is actually a status-field. I'm all about saving space whilst having an informative browser. The only way to accomplish this is to use custom buttons. Custom buttons that take the place of their menu-button equivalents do NOT work nearly as nicely as the menu bar, but it saves space. (For instance, if you click on your normal menu-bar on, say 'bookmarks', and then move your mouse to the left or right because you are looking for an option, so you end up in 'view' or 'feeds', the menus automatically track. This doesn't work for custom-buttons. ). That being said, I haven't touched the Start, Menu, or Page bars yet, since I never use them, heh. I think I'll do those once I figure out the rest of what I want with what I /do/ use.
So, after all of that, what sort of things do you look for in a skin? While I'm making this skin for myself, I secretly want to become internet-famous for it. As I am only one dude, you guys'll have to tell me what's good or not in a skin. Y'know, if anyone reads this, heh.
Also, does anyone know if it's possible to include more than one default color for the skin (which is to say, do I have to release a separate "dark" and "light" skin, or can I somehow code my skin to have both as selectable options)? I think I'll just have to release separate skins in the interest of size and ease, but being able to specify different 'sets' of colors in the .ini would be nice.