A few people have been asking recently about customising Moodle. In particular people are asking for 'extreme customisation' or for Moodle theme's that don't look like Moodle. Now, I don't think anyone has actually said it can't be done, but enough people have said they haven't seen such a beast to make it seem like it can't.
Ignoring for a moment the strangeness of aiming to change a functional piece of software beyond recognition and the user-interface and usability issues that raises, I think that there is a lot that can be done within the current Moodle Theme infrastructure, but potential themers are perhaps lacking two things:
- pointers on some semi-advanced HTML/CSS styling techniques
I've been digging into the possibilities for themeing Moodle and thought I'd share what I've found in the hope of providing something in the way of the two needs above. Hopefully others wil be encouraged to share info on their own tips and modifications from the point of view of sharing knowledge and experience rather than simply finished products for others to use.
It is, as you can see from the screenshot, not really a theme at all, more a mind clearing excersise. It is simply almost everything but the text turned white, which seems as good a place as any to start as any when trying to design Moodle Themes that are examples of "thinking outside the box"
If you do try out this theme, note how surprisingly usable it is. Just the bold headings, the repetition, visual alignment and the whitespace between blocks is enough to give subtle clues about what belongs together and what is separate.