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Text Class general page layout and color
Default page delivery in Text Class is done via class-level templates that are shared
by all instances of the class, though the middleware also supports
collection-specific templates for any or all page-based behavior within the class.
All default Text Class page templates are based on the same layout approach, which
relies on tables (along with transparent spacer gifs) for all positioning and
general color or graphic appearance. General layout is shown in Figure 1
, which shows top-level tables with borders showing, and using the color
scheme for the Voltaire √©lectronique collection. All table cells for header and
navigation bar content at this level have default values for the
bgcolor attribute for browsers that are not CSS-capable. Each header
and navigation cell also has a default CSS class value and default background image
specified in the
background attribute. The background colors created by
class and gif allow for flexibility to change appearances for different collections
based on the same template. For more on specifiying individual collection
appearance, see Specifying individual collection characteristics.
Figure 1 : top-level table structure of a typical page.
Figure 2 shows the simple search page for The American Verse
collection as it appears normally. Navigation bar labels, page text header markup
(not header text content, e.g., "Basic Search"), instruction text and
footer text are hard coded, and thus identical across all collections. All other
content is specified per collection by processing instructions.
Figure 2 : Basic search page for American Verse.