[Vtigercrm-developers] Customer Portal Update

David V. davidv.net at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 09:45:11 PDT 2009

Hi Alan,

Thank you very much for this contribution.

I have currently no time to test it but I hope you get positive (and
constructive) feedback from the community and also directly from Vtiger

David V.

2009/9/23 Alan Lord (News) <alanslists at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> We've been using vtiger for sometime ourselves and have recently started
> promoting it to our customers too.
> This got me looking at the Customer Portal in some detail.
> I noticed that it is being rendered to the web using lots of tables and
> also had some nesting errors associated with that.
> Using tables for data that needs to be displayed in a table is fine.
> Using tables for page-layout purposes is really frowned upon in the web
> design community and creates problems for accessibility users.
> Seeing as the customer portal is an "outside facing" component of vtiger
> it is important that it should be as adherent to standards and
> best-practice as possible I think. So, I've spent quite a while
> re-working the code.
> It is by no means perfect and I'm quite sure there's an opportunity for
> considerable re-factoring to remove quite a bit of duplicate code.
> The file here:
> http://www.theopenlearningcentre.com/vtigercrm-customerportal-5.1.0-tolc.zip
> is our modified customer portal package. It uses a more modern doctype
> (XHTML 1.0 transitional) and is as valid as I can make it for the time
> being. I have replaced most of the tables used purely for layout with
> divs have removed most of the hard-coded styling and migrated this to
> the stylesheets so it is easier to customise to match the host's
> website. I've tested it with IE6, IE8, Firefox 3.0 and Google Chrome.
> The stylesheets are also separated to make the styling elements easier
> to identify.
> I'm happy to continue to improve this part of vtiger on behalf of my
> company but would really appreciate some feedback on my efforts so far.
> We will be using this version on our website shortly.
> Kind regards
> Alan Lord
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> The Open Learning Centre
> Web: www.theopenlearningcentre.com
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