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Learning More CSS
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So, my knowledge of CSS is pretty ruidmentary. Due to a lack of motivation this afternoon to go to the gym, instead I've been messing with MySpace and trying to figure out what kind of CSS you can apply to it. While they use a lot of css, their base style sheet is a mess. Perhaps one of the biggest issues is that they've got all kinds of text markup, so if you want to change the color of a font on your page, you have to override at least ten tags, and that's w/o getting into links. Of course, you can get the CSS for the background and colors using the infamous Thomas' MySpace Editor

For more design freedom, you can just put one big div over the whole thing, layering your page on top of the default page like this guy did (and he wrote some good tutorials about the process), but you lose all the functionality - his friend's list is custom coded, he can't do blogs, etc. I'm a bit curious as to why MySpace doesn't have classes assigned to the various blocks they use, so that people could reposition and format them as they wanted . . .

I played around with overwriting my whole page, and custom coding things, but decided that was silly. If I have to hard-code my friend's list, and then one of them decides to change their display name, that change won't show up on my page, and I feel that would be stealing from their individuality. Yeah, I realize it's just a silly name on MySpace, but still, who am I to say that someone should be called "Greg" instead of "...the groove". Of course, there's also the part of me that was tempted to put a silly page about how either looking at my profile had caused your MySpace account to be deleted or something like the stupid virus bulletins that I've seen going around, or creating a totally fake friend list that included random people who hadn't been friended.

Anyway, I ended up restoring everything to what it was before I started, since I feel that color, background, font changes don't really add anything of value.

Oh, and it's painful to work on this as MySpace's servers are slow as dirt, so you spend more time waiting for your changes to be submitted than you do writing/designing . . .

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(Anonymous)
Rumor has it from my buddy at the Bull that the MySpace dudes are rewriting all the base code...

Not sure when they are planning on implementing, but releasing it will create a storm of trouble since it would be nearly impossible to ensure backward compatibility for all the "custom" layouts people use.

Oh and I agree that formatting your page does nothing for its functionality or value other than forcing your friends to listen to the first 10 seconds of a song every time the page reloads.

Nate

Either use an edit-CSS-in-place extension, or save a local copy and alter that. No reason to use a slow server for CSS changes.

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