Looking good at any (font and window) size

Make your layout look good a different screen and font sizes.

What it looks like

Example 1,
Example 2.

Here’s what the form example (example 1) is supposed to look like.

At 1024 x 768 pixels, the navigation links and Save button are positioned fixed in a column to the left.

large layout

At 800 x 600 pixels, the navigation links are only shown on hover over the icon in the top-left corner; the Save button is tucked under the form itself.

large layout
large layout

What you need

Grab layout.js.

You also need Prototype.js.

What you need to do

Include the scripts in your page.

<script src="javascripts/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="javascripts/layout.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Activate layout switching in the head of your page

<script type="text/javascript">
//<![CDATA[
Event.observe(window, 'load', function() {
  Layout.initialize({observeFontSize: true});
});
//]]>
</script>

Most likely, the default size thresholds set in layout.js won’t fit your needs. See the file itself for how to set them to different values.

(Re-)Write your stylesheets so that they make use of the size information. As an example, here’s the CSS I use for styling the navigation list on the two example pages.

#navitrigger {
  display: none;
}

#navigation {
  position: fixed;
  top: 0em;
  left: 0em;
  margin: 1em;
  padding: 0;
  text-align: right;
  z-index: 10;
}

#navigation ul {
  width: 10em;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  list-style-type: none;
}

#navigation li {
  font-weight: bold;
}

#navigation .current {
  display: block;
  width: 100%;
  color: #bbb;
  background-color: #ffecac;
}

#navigation li.admin {
  border-top: 1px solid #bbb;
}

#navigation li a {
  display: block;
  width: 100%;
}


body.small #navigation {
  position: absolute;
  text-align: left;
  z-index: 30;
}

body.small #navigation ul {
  display: none;
  background: #fff;
  border: 1px solid #888;
}

body.small #navitrigger {
  display: block;
  font-size: 150%;
  font-weight: bold;
}

body.small #navigation:hover ul {
  display: block;
}

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