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Initial styling of the responsive design only with Stylus

During my first days of GSoG I used only Stylus to change the general look of the UI options for small screens (max-width: 640px). The reason for that was that I was not very familiar with the infusion framework and wanted to seen what could be made without changing the template. I managed to get the UI panel to be at the bottom of the page and made some adjustments to the panel with basic properties.

A new tool (to me) that I found very useful was the flexbox (https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/a-guide-to-flexbox/). My mentor (Jon Hung) told be about it as an easy to change the ordering of the list elements from horizontal to vertical. I also used it to center elements and the flex-basis option was particularly useful when it came to redesigning the contrast panel. Overall, I think it is a great tool and with a little bit of thought and creativity it can be used to solve complex problems.

After I made the panels order vertically I had the problem that the framework fixed the height of the UI panel and the content was overflowing. I added so js to fix that, but I am still not really sure it this is a good place for the this code to be at (https://github.com/styki/infusion/blob/Responsive-Design/src/framework/preferences/js/SeparatedPanelPrefsEditor.js#L302-L325). I also added the scroll-to-next-panel option here, which was a simple use of scrollTop and rounding.

After these things were done, Jon and I decided to focus on the textfieldSliders, which had to be changed to textfieldButton. This required in-depth knowledge about the infusion framework.

 

Comments about the documentation of infusion

It took me more that a week to familiarize myself with the framework in order to be able to create a new template and make all the back-end connections. I think that anyone how sees the framework for the first time has to start by reading the tutorials. I made the mistake to start reading the ContextAwareness documentation and every time I saw something that I did not know I open the link. This link brought me to new links and so on until I got to the Core API documentation. The tutorials gave me a good basic knowledge and understanding about the framework. The examples were very useful and made everything absolutely clear. I think that I will be a good idea to add more examples in the general documentation, because there are a lot of options for every feature and it is hard to understand how everything works until you see it in practice.

 

Creating the new template for the TextfieldButtons

To make the responsive versions for the textSize and lineSpacing I first made a new template. I then had to make the StartedSchema switch to for small screens. I used to js and the ContextAwareness feature to make and remove the checks, but the problem was that the program responded to these changes only when it was first ran. If you resize the window is did not change the template. The reason for that is that once a component is built it is immutable. This problem with resizing still remains unsolved.

I then made the created the TextfieldButtons.js file and changed the Panels.js, so that it provided the appropriate content to initialize the model and make the connections. After that was done and it functioned properly I pulled from master to see what the changes are. There were some conflicts, because the slider was refactor to support a nativeHTML and a jQuery version. I then tried to add my changes without making major changes to the logic of the master branch. 

The main issue that came up was that the we had to switch between 3 templates, but the slider checks have to be made only if we are on a large screen. One difficulty that I encountered was that options of a component don't get overridden. As a result a could not make 2 separate contextAwareness checks and it the small screen check is true to override the information provided by the other one. A had the idea to first make the small screen check. If it is true I add the textfieldButtons template. If it is false I go to another component. Inside of it there is another contextAwareness with the jQuery check. However, this contextAwareness nesting did not work. I still have no idea it does not function properly.

The only solution that I could think of was to make the window size check in the main component (https://github.com/styki/infusion/blob/Responsive-Design/src/framework/preferences/js/StarterSchemas.js#L158-L167) and the jQuery check in a different component defined in an if statement, which is true only for large screens (https://github.com/styki/infusion/blob/Responsive-Design/src/framework/preferences/js/StarterSchemas.js#L33-L51). This lead to the same problem when the screen is resized.

 

Implementing a blue color filter

Our next goal was to make a tool that can change the intensity of the blue color in all components in the body. To do that I first had to select all elements inside the body and store their initial colors. To do that I used a dictionary data structure. In it the key is element (js this object) and the values are the color and the background color. I could not find a build-in implementation of this data structure, so my version might not be the most effective. For each element it uses a linear search to go through the dictionary and find if there is a match. This results in an overall quadratic cost. For more complicated web pages this might be a big problem. Unless we can find a more efficient way to go through the records this was the solution I could think of.

After the program finds the element in the records it takes its colors, which are stored in an array of their rgb or rgba components. It then multiplies the blue components by the model value of the blue color filter component. The value is then stored and the elements gets its colors changed with jQuery. The blue color filter component is similar to the lineSpace and textSize ones. It has a textfieldSlider for large screens and textfieldButtons for small screens. They both have a min value of 0, a max value of 1 and a step of 0.1. Specific icons for the component need to be added.

Known bugs:

I managed to solve most issues associated with the new component, but there was one that I still don't know how and why it occurs. It is when you have the table of content opened and leave the blue color filter to a value different than 1 (let's say 0.5). When you reload the page it remembers the blue color filter value and applies the change upon loading. The problem is that the header of the ToC does not get the right original color stored in the dictionary. In the records we get to store the actual color multiplied by the model value (or in the example 0.5 of the real blue component). This is a huge problem if the model value is left at 0 and then the page is reloaded. We then end up with a 0 as the blue component no matter to what value we change the model after that. This issue is caused by the fact that we first apply the change in colors once before storing the elements in the dictionary. However, this should be impossible, because an element has to be found in the records in order for the program to change its colors.

 

I faced the problem that the blue color filter has to be applied whenever an element is removed or added to the DOM.

 

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