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How can I edit  FP2000's CSS (style sheet) directly?

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Hi,

I'm using Front Page 2000.  I've applied a theme "using CSS". I can see that every page is linked to an external style sheet, but I can't see WHERE that page is located. (The path is too long to see the whole thing in the drop down box, and it appears to be in a temp directory. So that may not even be the "real" CSS file).

Does anyone know where the theme's CSS (cascading style sheet) is located?  
Or are there more than one?

I'd like to be able to edit it with an external style sheet editor, rather than having to depend on FP2000's clunky css editing.

Help!

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by:seanpowell
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First, go to Tools > Web Settings > Advanced.

Under Options, click the checkbox next to "Show documents in hidden directories" You'll be asked to refresh the web - choose Yes.

You'll now notice a folder under the root called "_themes". In that folder - if you've used an MS theme, will be the name of the theme, such as "Artsy"

In that folder, are all the files that generate the theme - including the CSS files you're looking for.

If you have a text editor specified for certain files, you should be able to right-click on the css files and edit them outside of FP by choosing your editor from the list.

Please let me know if you need more info on this...

Thanks,
seanpowell
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by:clay111296
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Thanks, that helps a lot.



However, there are several .css pages in that directory.  I don't know the "order of precedence" for them. I.e., I modified theme.css but it had no effect on the appearance of a page.

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It seems that if I modify the color of text within FP2000 (by editing the theme), that this shows up in color0.css AND theme.css

However, if I moeify the color of text in theme.css, it does NOT show up on actual displayed pages.

Is theme.css "compiled" by FP2000 based on color0.css or color1.css?

When I get a chance, I'll try to run some more tests on this.

(BTW, I'm moving to a new house next week, so I may not get back to this question for 2 weeks. Don't take it personally :-)

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Moving? - I feel your pain - I really do :-(

Here's a basic rundown of what the theme files do:
Themes.css. This file controls the font attributes that are applied in a Theme.
Color0.css and Color1.css. These files control the color when you select the Vivid Color option.
Graph0.css and Graph1.css. These files control different graphics when you select the Active Graphics option.

NOTE: If you have chosen to have the theme applied using CSS - the way the themes operate are quite different (As an example - if the theme in "not" applied with CSS, then every time you make a change to one of the the theme style sheets, you need to go to Tools > Recalculate Hyperlinks, in order to see the changes. I certainly recommend always applying the theme with CSS.

It also makes a difference how you edit the theme. The best method is (we'll change the look of the <h1> element for this example):

1. Have the web open.
2. Go to Format > Theme > Click on the theme your web (or page) uses, and click "Modify"
3. Select the "Text" icon.
4. At the bottom of the Modify Theme dialog box, click on "More Text Styles".
5. In the Styles list, click on h1, and then Modify > Format > Font.
6. You now have access to the Font, Size, Spacing, Color and Style attributes available to the h1 element. Modify as necessary.
7. Click OK. You can also do the same for the Paragraph, Border and Position properties as they apply to the h1 element.

Once you're done, save everything, recalculate the web, and then view your page again in a Browser. Using the steps above - as lengthy as they are - gives you precise control over your theme, as opposed to trying to edit the css files directly.

Let me know if I've been unclear or missed anything that you need to know....

Happy Packing :-)
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Hey - just checking in...

You must have finished moving by now :-)
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