I have been playing around a bit with listing templates today. My weakest point is CSS3 so even my often trial and error method is just getting me errors…. LOL
I looked at the themes that the theme builder generates on various platforms, including the under development responsive theme. The more I looked at this, the more I think maybe there is a simple approach possible using basic templating. eBay seems to do a lot of adjusting on smaller screen themselves, especially if their apps are used.
So the daft question I have is, is it possible to use a simpler but standard desktop template that covers any screen size of 800px or higher and have one simplified template without tables and images to cover small screens below 800px. Effectively allowing eBay to handle those size screens and removing the inline images and any table based information, since that is available in sections that eBay generates on small screens.
If I am right in general with understanding CSS3, using @media sections allows one to define which blocks are shown within each @media section. This may not be an elegant real responsive solution, but maybe a down and dirty simple solution to deal with small screens and the problems the various eBay apps introduce as well.
I am going to be using the one that Matt designed on Widget Chimp which requires being a premium member here. The template he created is far more sophisticated and easy to maintain on the fly without having to do any coding. The original one he tried to work on and one I tried to use as a basis for creating a simplified version was just to problematic due to so many eBay formatting issues. The new one is far superior and works really well already in its infancy stage.
Hi Greg, Richard,
Most issues are now known and of course I need to tidy quite a few things up.
A new right hand bar layout has been added and I’m working on a 3rd super wide layout as well.
Also as a heads up I’m already working on version 2. I’m not going to post publicly what it this means, but it’ll be extremely “Matt” proof :)
Oh and of course, if you notice anything that is not right, missing, broken or could be bettered let me know!
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