Following my last message about the 'cern' theme being available for testing I have asked the Drupal admins to push the rebuilt 'cern' theme to the Drupal infrastructure. This is currently scheduled to be done sometime on the week of 16 July.
Does this affect me?
If you are a site manager for a Drupal site that looks like this one below, then yes. Please read on.
The new theme comes with a number of bug fixes and updates. Notably:
- IE7 is better behaved. The old 'staircase' effect of the main navigation is fixed, for instance.
- Variations have gone, color module is in. Select link, text, background and navigation colours to make your site sing - notice, for instance how the Entice site uses a signature orange colour.
- cern_base DNA. The new 'cern' theme has the same design base as the new CERN website theme, so you'll inherit a richer typography base and grids. It will feel more CERNy when the new core website is live.
What should I do?
If your site uses the current 'cern' theme then please be prepared to check it over once the theme has been upgraded. No action should be necessary on your part, but Silvia and I will be on standby to help you if you experience any unforeseen issues. The main difference you will notice is the altered typography, as seen on the Entice website now.
If you don't want your site to use the new theme, you can add a copy of the current theme locally to your site. Please drop me a note if you wish to do this and I'll talk you through it.
Not already using the 'cern' theme?
If you are using the 'cern_default' theme (our first Drupal 7 theme - the one with lots of whitespace) then you might think about upgrading now. The 'cern' theme has better support for a variety of devices and is actively maintained so that bugs will be worked on.
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