Updated: Tolarski, a variable-width Tarski child theme

I’ve updated Tolarski, my variable-width Tarski theme, to work with Tarski 3.1.2 and WordPress 3.2.x. This version is also downloadable as a ZIP file, and can be installed through the WordPress GUI.

Download Tolarski v.1.3.2 here.

To install, login to WordPress as admin and browse to Appearance -> Themes -> Install Themes -> Upload. I’d appreciate it if someone else could test this and leave feedback with any issues.

I don’t intend to turn Tolarski into a fully supported theme. But I am happy to answer questions. Some notes:

  1. Tolarski displays the full date and time on posts. Tarski only prints the date, and this is not configurable. You can disable this by commenting out the “add_action … init_tolarski_post_metadata” line at the bottom of functions.php.
  2. You must modify tolarski_headerimage() in functions.php. This specifies the 7 header images by filename, which should be placed in tolarski/headers/. Please don’t use my images on your live blog, but if you just want to play with the theme you can find links in the page source and manually download them. If you want to change the floating positions of the images, or use more/less of them, edit style.css.

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  1. Clare Walker’s avatar

    Dear Tyler

    Thank you so much! Downloaded, installed & activated! I was beginning to despair – I was trying to make my own child-theme for Tarski from scratch, & it just wasn’t happening…

    Thanks again,

    Claire

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    1. Tyler Wagner’s avatar

      Glad I could help! URL?

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    2. Clare Walker’s avatar

      http://heartsleaf.com – it’s all chaos right now, still trying to realign everything.

      My previous fixed-width effort is at http://heartsleaf.com/wordpress/ – things are a bit more ordered there, but still rudimentary. I’m really new to all this.

      By the way, I don’t seem to be able to edit the font and link colours in your stylesheet. Do I need to do that in the Tarski stylesheet (and therefore lose my changes with each Tarski upgrade)?

      Thanks, I’m so chuffed to be moving forward with the blog again!

      Claire

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      1. Tyler Wagner’s avatar

        If you want to disable the variable-width sliding images (and just use one fixed-width image at the top), commend out the “add_action … init_tolarski_header” line at the bottom of functions.php.

        The style.css in Tolarski can override any CSS in Tarski. Just copy the CSS lines you want to change from Tarski to Tolarski’s style.css, and edit them.

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        1. Clare Walker’s avatar

          Hello again Tyler,

          Thanks for that – I might use a fixed-width image for now and sort out the sliding ones a bit later when I’ve got more time to play around.

          And as for the CSS – of course, that makes total sense. Will tweak it and see what I can come up with.

          Thanks a million!

          Claire

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        2. Claire Walker’s avatar

          Hello again Tyler,

          I’m sorry to have to ask you yet another question, but I’m having trouble with my images. I’ve been playing around with the image size in my posts only to find that they display fine on my screen but go all wonky on my husband’s. I figure I’ve got to use percentage instead of pixels, like I did with my image link in the sidebar (the plugin allows me to do that) – but I’m struggling to get it right and am beginning to tear my hair out.

          Is there a plugin you’re aware of that will help me to post the images according to percentage? As far as I can tell the basic wordpress image handling doesn’t seem to allow you to do this – or am I missing something, being a newbie ‘n all?

          I’d appreciate it if you could give me some suggestions.

          Thanks!

          Claire

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          1. Tyler Wagner’s avatar

            Sorry, I’m afraid I have no experience with that problem. I haven’t seen it. I rarely post images. The “insert media” feature seems to detect pixel dimensions and insert them for me.

            Ah, do you mean you want the images to scale as you scale the browser too? I’m afraid I never intended to do that. That’s another problem altogether. “Use Chrome” is the way you do that. A lot of browsers don’t even try to scale the images with zoom or browser size.

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          2. Claire Walker’s avatar

            Hi Tyler,

            Thanks for your response. Yes, I mean that I want the images to scale – a bit tricky! I’ll see what I can do…

            All the best,

            Claire

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            1. Tyler Wagner’s avatar

              The only way to do that now would be to use javascript and scale the image in software. It’s possible HTML5 canvas has support for this, but I’m not sure. Either way, that sounds very unpleasant to do.

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            2. Claire Walker’s avatar

              Yes, sounds frightful! I’m sure there must be an easier way to get the blog I want. Thanks for all your input.

              Claire

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            3. Sara’s avatar

              How do you get rid of the header altogether?

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              1. Tyler Wagner’s avatar

                See functions.php. See the next-to-last line, “add_action(‘init’, ‘init_tolarski_header’);”. Instead of calling that function, write your own. Have it remove all actions.

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              2. thomas’s avatar

                hi,

                this looks very interesting. I’m playing around with it. Thanks for the effort! There is one question: I’d like to have a page template that comes without a sidebar. Any idea how to get there?

                Thanks

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                1. Tyler Wagner’s avatar

                  Sorry, no. I haven’t even considered that. If you find a solution, please post it here.

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