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Holger
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:06 pm 
Post subject: Re: Mobile version of forum

dondino wrote:
hey Holger,
have u found a good mod to accomplish what u wanted?

We are going to build our own app - but the programmer is in India for some weeks, so I have to wait.
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deanhills
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:08 am 
Post subject: Re: Mobile version of forum

Sorry for digging up this thread, but it came up in my search links for finding a way to make a phpBB 2.0 site mobile friendly.

I've discovered though that somehow browsers do play a role, so was wondering whether others had the same experience. Firefox for example is much more intuitive these days on picking up whether the browser is being used for a handheld device.

Anyway, if someone could design a mobile friendly style for phpbb 2.0, that would be awesome.


PS: I started playing with phpB 2.0 a few days ago, and can't believe how easy and lightning fast it is. I downloaded the 2.0.23 from phpbbhacks.com, and I don't know whether that is a special updated version, but I could use it immediately with my php5.4 and up to date mySQL. Can't believe the script was only 680 kb. Great experience. Also love the minimalist design of the Admin Panel versus the much more complicated and involved 3.1 Admin Panel.
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Salvatos
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:51 pm 
Post subject: Re: Mobile version of forum

I've started playing with this in my spare time, but it's going to be a pretty involved process to make everything responsive, and there are limitations if you want it to be a style only (.tpl and .css files only) and not a full MOD (which I frankly wouldn't want to get into anyway). Namely, if you want to be universally compatible regarding MODs, languages and so on:
- No added or edited text directly in template files;
- No new text strings in the /language library;
- No creation of new variables for use in the template (such as new text strings or a different presentation of data for things that are grouped into one variable, like some parts of the Who's Online section or the "last post" date/time and user);
- No new arrays or loops for template switches like user logged in/out;
- Probably more to find out.

As a result, you can't really present information dramatically differently on mobile since you can't change the existing wording or separate data that is passed to the template in a block. Other than that, I wouldn't say it's unduly difficult if you know your way around CSS (and I'm no expert), but it's definitely time-consuming as you have to restructure everything, create new CSS classes and test at various resolutions (and I haven't even checked for browser compatibility yet).

You can see my current draft in attachments. It still has issues, but I've mostly got everything on the index where I want it and now need to test it, fix it and streamline it before I get to other pages. I stripped it down a good deal and collected every navigation and action link into a large mobile-like menu that you can toggle with the "hamburger" icon at small resolutions. Said menu still needs to be improved in terms of functionality and scrolling, and ideally I should provide a no-javascript fallback. The desktop view also looks stripped down because I didn't want to make two full layouts and hide one through CSS - I don't know if it is, but it feels like bad practice. I took the opportunity to move some options and info to a sidebar so the forum view doesn't look as incredibly wide on large screens, and limited content width to 1500 pixels (completely arbitrary number for now). The added benefit IMO is that since I hardly ever notice those small links scattered around the content area, collecting them in a sidebar makes them more likely to be seen and used.

I only have mobile and not-mobile skins for now, but one could also have a medium skin and wide skin to really tailor the layout to the user. IIRC Wikia uses three slightly different skins just for desktop, for instance (and they render a completely different page for mobile, which annoys me). I'm also focusing on layout rather than appearance, as you can surely tell icon_smile.gif



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Vendethiel
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:17 pm 
Post subject: Re: Mobile version of forum

Well, you got quite a nice amount done already.. congrats icon_smile.gif
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