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Submitted By stilist


This message style is the realisation of design ideas Iíve had in my head over the past few months. It builds on the basic stripped-down code of a previous, unreleased theme.

I release this message style as CC-BY/NC/SA. If you redistribute or modify, please include a credit to stilist.

Please comment if you have a suggestion or a problemóIíll see what I can do.

Image credits:

Note: This theme looks best if Calibri is installed, but will fall back to Tahoma.


v 1.1
  • Margin above the first message
  • Long usernames are cut off if they donít fully fit into the box
  • Two new background images



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# by mathuaerknedam on 04/10/08 at 02:20:40

Nice! Though long timestamps wrap to a second line, and it would be nice if there was a margin at the top. Bravo on building is with the background being the only image. You might consider adding a light variant. And while all the room to breathe is refreshing, you might consider a somewhat more compact version. You're likely to get requests for it. :)

# by stilist on 04/16/08 at 16:55:10

Iím having trouble with two of your requests, unfortunately.

First, the longest timestamp form is approximately twice as long as the shortest when using Tahoma (with Calibri itís worse). The options I came up with were
1) always have the timestamp box at full width (which looks ridiculous with the small form), or
2) Completely change the display of the timestamp.

I may go with 2) next update, but for now Iíve widened the box slightly.

Second, what changes would you suggest for the compact version? I browsed through the default themes, but didnít see anything that looked appropriate. This may change depending on how I handle the timestamp situation, of course.

# by mathuaerknedam on 04/16/08 at 17:20:03

The nice thing with timestamps is that they're all the same width. This means you shouldn't generally need to specify the width, only the padding desired (unless you really want a fixed, rather than consistent, column width). If you add "white-space: nowrap;" to .time, the timestamp column will automatically expand to be as wide as necessary for the user-selected timestamp format. If you don't want this, you can still prevent undesirable timestamp-wrapping by explicitly formatting the timestamp in your html.

I'll have to get back to you with suggestions for a compact version.

# by dcentity2000 on 04/10/08 at 20:03:01

I love it!

# by tasmanian_devil on 04/12/08 at 14:30:51

i really like it!! [: i think (these are some suggestions)

-Different Variants, which would be really cool
-More Backgrounds with the variants, i love this one
-maybe fixing the fact that the name scrolls off my page- when the name is long

other than that, u did a really good job!

# by stilist on 04/16/08 at 16:57:15

Iíve added in two new backgrounds and changed it so long names are cut off.

With regard to variants, what sorts of things would you like to see?

# by unisphere on 04/16/08 at 17:53:09

is it just me, or will this not work with other fonts?
also, can you add an option to display screen names?


# by unisphere on 04/16/08 at 18:37:57

one other thing - it could use mouse-over screen names, since in a group chat i dont know who said what...

# by smajor on 04/18/08 at 19:31:45

Great theme, my new favorite. Since 1.1 letters such as jygp have their lower case dangly parts cut off. It's less noticeable with Calibri installed, but a couple rows of pixels are still missing even with the suggested font.

# by lelandrb on 06/09/08 at 00:45:53

Amazing! The backgrounds compliment the style, brings back good memories of GAIA.
However, you need to work on the way usernames are displayed. The style leaves something to be desired. Personally, I think that the usernames should be smaller, and outside of the chat window. They just look out of place at the moment.

# by Khanti on 09/05/12 at 12:18:52

Nice work! Personally I will prefer a (very) smaller usernames, and not italics. Please could you make a variant for that? Thanks :)

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Current Version: 1.1
Last Updated: 04/16/08
See description for image credits; the rest is by me.