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DotNetNuke Skinning

A couple months ago, another developer named David Haggard ( New Covenant ) approached me with ideas for a DotNetNuke skinning solution. He had experimented with the XML Skins but found the limitations too constraining for his needs. From a requirements perspective he had identified the specific features for each type of user and had researched a number of skinning concepts on different platforms. Throughout the development process he maintained communication and solicited feedback and early this week he notified me that he had released his HTML Themes.

He has created some example skins - a PHP-Dupe skin is a replica of the site and is a good example of the flexibility of the solution. One of the most exciting things about the HTML Themes is the Developers Guide - a 40 page document which describes how to build and deploy skins. The magnitude of enhancements in this solution is overwhelming but I would like to highlight a few key points:

- complete abstraction of form and function
- free form layout flexibility
- HTML skin file - can be built in any designer ( FrontPage, DreamWeaver )
- tokens substituted during skin upload - precompilation = fast performance
- content area can contain up to 9 panes in any layout configuration
- configurable skin object properties - stored in XML file
- multiple module container definitions can be included with skin
- skinnable module title control
- package theme as single ZIP for upload ( html, xml, graphics, css )
- Host, Site, User, Machine, Tab level skins


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