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Themes: Aardvark

Maintained by Picture of Shaun Daubney Shaun Daubney
The original menubar based theme for Moodle rewritten for Moodle 2.5+ to draw its base from Bootstrap.
Moodle 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

The original menubar based theme for Moodle rewritten for Moodle 2.5+ to draw its base from Bootstrap.

The theme features customised icons and a profile section in the menubar ported from the previous version but with a more modern interface that adapts to different devices.

Two other new features added to this latest version are General Alert and Snow Alert. Allowing easy implementation of alerts to users for events such as Student Council Meetings, Charity Events or Snow Closures.

Inspiration taken from the Essential theme by Julian Ridden for the block icons.

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  • Picture of Nathan Bruley
    Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 3:01 AM
    I haven't tried other themes, but there's a good chance it is in compatibility mode because we had to force compatibility mode via group policy for the hospital due to other programs requiring it. Many users require IE9 due to other programs. Maybe we can figure out a way to enforce compatibility mode only for IE10 and greater, but I'm not sure how to do that. This is most likely the issue then, because I think it started happening about the time we put that into place. The users that use Moodle editor the most could potentially be upgraded to IE11 which doesn't have the issue since they don't require the same programs as clinical personnel... Would other themes have the same issue do you think? Browser compatibility continues to be a headache for developers and IT support...
  • Picture of Shaun Daubney
    Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 3:05 AM
    I would guess that the issue would be the same on another theme as Aardvark doesn't actually affect the HTML editor.
  • It's only an avatar...
    Wed, Jun 3, 2015, 5:25 AM
    Hi Nathan
    Try using Afterburner and see if that has the same problem?
    You can test this yourself secretly if you set Site Administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme settings
    "Allow theme change in URL"
    Follow the information given below that setting.
    Basically all that does is allows you to add
    or any other theme name just after your site URL for example
  • Picture of Nathan Bruley
    Thu, Jun 11, 2015, 2:13 AM
    Changing the theme to afterburner doesn't affect it. What is weird is that our backup server doesn't have an issue, and it is basically a copy of the production server. We had some issues with data loss from the moodledata folder, but I don't think that would affect this(?). Also, after installing Chrome, a user said the issue was resolved, but after uninstalling Chrome, they say it is again a problem, even though they are using IE11. I haven't confirmed 100% that the Chrome uninstall triggered the return of the issue; I can hardly think that would affect IE, and can't verify until Monday. Very strange.
  • Picture of Nathan Bruley
    Thu, Jun 11, 2015, 4:42 AM
    I reinstalled TinyMCE and still no luck. I will move this discussion to the main forum since it isn't an Aardvark issue.
  • Picture of Victor Hugo
    Tue, Jun 23, 2015, 7:28 AM
    how does you changed the background color?
  • Picture of Andre Kruger
    Thu, Jul 2, 2015, 9:47 PM
    Hi, just want to know if anyone have used the current version of Aardvark on Moodle 2.9?
  • Picture of Perry Way
    Tue, Jul 14, 2015, 7:39 AM
    Andre Kruger, we are using Aardvark on Moodle 2.9 with some issues. I didn't check to see is Aardvark supported version 2.9 before upgrading our site and now that I have upgraded there have been a number of small things I've noticed which are now missing, such as the icon to unhide a column from the Assignments (view/grade all assignments) view. There you get an "UP" icon that will hide the column but there is no "DOWN" icon that shows up after you hide it. However the HTML is definitely there. It seems to me to be a style issue possibly related to changes in Moodle versions to version 2.9 because I swore this used to work before but just isn't now.
  • Picture of Luiz Peralba
    Tue, Jul 14, 2015, 11:38 PM
    Hi, Folks!. Does anybody know if there are some issues on Moodle 2.9+ or later? I've just installed and it looks perfect. Thanks!
  • Picture of Sotiris Pafitis
    Thu, Jul 16, 2015, 5:37 PM
    Hi Guys,
    I have installed lates moodle and theme Aardvark but my feeds don't show pictures even though I have enabled it on their settings... Any ideas why ?

  • It's only an avatar...
    Thu, Jul 16, 2015, 6:50 PM
    I do not think this is anything to do with Aardvark, as there is nothing I can see in the settings to suggest that. Have you tried using Clean theme and see if the problem still exists? How are you adding the RSS it using Moodle settings?
  • Picture of Sotiris Pafitis
    Sat, Jul 18, 2015, 4:18 PM
    Hi I tried Clean theme and indeed I still cannot see the pictures in feeds. I added the feeds using the moodle blocks. Is there any other way ?
  • It's only an avatar...
    Sat, Jul 18, 2015, 4:49 PM
    I am not sure as Its ages since I added an rss block and cannot remember if you need to configure it to allow may be a permissions thing ... Can you ask in the forum as some one may know the answer?
  • It's only an avatar...
    Sat, Jul 18, 2015, 6:11 PM
    Hi Sotiris, I have just tried this out in my Moodle site. You need to edit the setting in the block itself. There is a yes/no question that disallows/ allows images to be displayed. So make sure that says YES.
    Here are the docs for the RSS Feed block just make sure you read the version for you Moodle site. The link is for 2.8 there is a menu where you can select your version of the doc for your version of Moodle.
  • Picture of Chris Chapman
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015, 7:13 PM
    Hi not sure if I've already mentioned this before, but in webkit browsers (Chrome, Safari..) Gradebook Single view icons overlap the activity titles.. fine in IE though.. anyone got a fix before I figure it out?
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