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StyleBuilder - Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Postby vmarm » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:54 am

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The Viewletin
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~by ViewletMarm

Are you looking for a special design challenge with your Viewlets? Do you have just a bit of XML coding experience or knowledge and some graphic artistry in your repartee of authoring skills? If so, get ready, here's something you might enjoy tackling. I call it, Mastering the Art of StyleBuilder.

StyleBuilder is a feature available in your Viewlet Authoring software. To access it, select Edit > StyleBuilder from the menu. This tool allows you to essentially modify many of the 'factory-installed' element styles to fit your own aesthetic. Now, this is not something we recommend for the feint of heart. You should have the following:

-Viewlet Authoring skills, including working with Question Slides
-Intermediate to advanced eLearning design/graphic art skills
-Basic XML coding skills
-Some Notepad (or similar text editing application) experience

Does this describe you? Yes? Then, read on.

Using StyleBuilder, you can unpack installed style files, modify the XML file and/or baseline graphic elements that make up the style and pack them back up for access when working in your Viewlet project. Seems easy enough, right? Well, before you dive in, I highly recommend you check out the demo at the end of this post that shows you an example of editing the font size used in a text field for Question Slides. Once you grasp the basics in this video, you will then have a better foundation to build upon if you decide to explore StyleBuilder further by customizing other project element styles.

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To explore the basics of working with StyleBuilder, check out one of these videos (in the format of your choice) for more information:

View on Laptop/PC

View on Mobile Device

StyleBuilder, the tool for Viewlet Authors extraordinaire! Are you up for the challenge?

That's it for this blog.


Until next time...
Happy Viewleting!

~ViewletMarm~

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