Forum Template Suggestion

aluminum's picture

Love the forums, but one problem is reading the threads where people post wide images.

Could the templates for the threads be tweaked so that each response is it's own Table and/or DIV so that one large image doesn't force the entire thread into 200+ character length lines?

It would make the forums *so* much easier to read...and isn't that what good typography is about? ;o)

hrant's picture

But whatever you do, please don't implement some kind of scaling scheme for the images: it's fatal to type.


typotect's picture

If I'm not mistaken, CSS could easily take care of this.
It would add only a few lines of code to each page.

typotect's picture

Yeah, it works. Give all of your text a custom class, maybe like this:

<font class="dontLookLikeCrap">This is the text</font>

Link a stylesheet, or just add the following to your existing styles:

.dontLookLikeCrap {width: 600px}

And voila, readable text that will break at 600px. You could probably make the changes in 5 minutes. You just have to make sure that you only apply the style to text, not images within the post. With a little work, you should be able to parse the code to avoid applying this style to <img> tags.

typotect's picture

Yeah, I get my kicks from pathetic code humor.


aluminum's picture


The CSS idea is good, but make it narrower than 600 please ;o)

Also, note that the min-width attribute is broken in IE/PC :-(

kakaze's picture

I've been lurking here for a few weeks now, just registered so forgive me if I'm out of line, but why not switch forum systems completely?

phpBB ( is free and has many features this board doesn't have. Plus, if it's not included in the basal code, I'm almost certain that variable width pages can be added.

aluminum's picture

They could, Chris, but moving forum systems can be a huge PITA. This particular issue is just a minor template tweak.

kakaze's picture

True, it could be a PITA, though, there are advantages to changing to a more advanced system.

Jared Benson's picture

An excellent suggestion, and long overdue at that! I'll look at the forum code and see what hacks I can pull off.

Stephen Coles's picture

Haha. Great class name, karl.

Jared Benson's picture

Rest assured that once I'm able to go in and implement that code, that delicious tag name will become a permanent addition to Typophile.

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