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imma [PersonRank 3]

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
12 years ago8,202 views

wow, i like the TC theme *grins*
nice finds

Pau Tomàs [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

So, no we know about four new iGoogle themes: this two, the crhistmas one and the one from that Google Germany astronaut page (i can't found the link but was commented here some days ago). I think that the iGoogle Theme directory is coming soon.

e-go [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

it's funny.... i have three tabs and I selected the sk8r girl's theme, when i was in the middle tab, and the last tab still have the old theme, a bug???
maybe one theme for each tab???

Pau Tomàs [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]e-go: It's not a bug. The themes are set by tab since the last update. BTW, I think there should be at least an option to set the theme for all tabs.

e-go [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I didn't know, thanks!!!

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Pau Tomàs, the link to the Astronaut discussion is here:

blogoscoped.com/forum/117757.h ...

All those links are dead now though... weird!

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

There is also the Carbon Footprint theme ("carbon_footprint") from google.co.uk/carbonfootprint/i ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Martin, cool! I saw that page recently (I think I clicked through from a Web Clip link in Gmail) but didn't realise it added a theme.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

To add the carbon footprint theme:

javascript:_dlsetp('preview_skin=skins/carbon_footprint.xml');

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You can force the WinterScape seasonal theme to start early by using:

javascript:_dlsetp('preview_skin=skins/winterscape.xml');

I believe this seasonal theme kicks in offiicially on December 22nd the first day of Winter.

anya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

ok, I'm not so smart- how do I get the holiday village theme? How about showing me what the url looks like...the whole thing. Sorrreeeee- I'm just not 'there' yet! Thanks!

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]anya, I don't think the holiday village theme is available any more. They took down the images for it.

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The TC one is in fact the default theme for Hong Kong and Taiwan's iGoogle homepage.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I just noticed that the carbon footprint theme is the only theme to not have an iGoogle logo. Also, the WinterScape theme has slightly different icons for module controls.

Talkrabb [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

If you oben the xml file you find a link to:
google.com/ig/skins/tc.css

That file says:
---------- snip ----------------
body,div,ul,li,h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,form.....
/* ===============BEGIN BSD LICENSED PORTION============= */
/*
Copyright (c) 2007, Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved.
Code licensed under the BSD License:
developer.yahoo.net/yui/licens ...
version: 2.2.0
*/
---------- snap ----------------

YAHOO ??????

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Talkrabb, yep, Google have been using Yahoo's BSD licensed CSS for some time. Why rewrite when you can reuse?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Keith Chan, thanks! Of course, you're absolutely right!

Here they are:

google.com.hk/ig?hl=en
google.com.tw/ig?hl=en

anya [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Colin Colehour – Thanks. So maybe I wasn't as dumb as I thought... what a relief

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<<I just noticed that the carbon footprint theme is the only theme to not have an iGoogle logo.>>

I see one, hosted at:


img2.gmodules.com/ig/images/sk ...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

They just added the image today. Yesterday, it was the only theme I had that wasn't showing a logo.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Actually, I see the logo when I use Firefox 2, but not when I see the page in IE 6 on a different computer. STRANGE!

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

FYI – Google have added titles and descriptions to these two skins now:

google.com/ig/skins/tc.xml
google.com/ig/skins/skateboard ...

Furthermore, they're adding thumbnails and screenshots to each skin too.

e.g.

<thumbnail>/ig/images/skins/ig_thumb_classic.jpg</thumbnail>
<screenshot>/ig/images/skins/ig_screenshot_classic.jpg</screenshot>

Oddly, the Spring Scape thumbnail and screenshot filenames use "summer_scape" in them (perhaps because Google forgot to do a Summer Scape skin I guess) and the "Carbon Footprint" skin images use "countryside".

Could this mean the directory is on its way soon?

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