These wiki pages will assist you in customising the Mirage 2 theme that was introduced with DSpace 5.X.
Please read the requirements first, to gain an understanding of the "bootstrap" framework, then proceed with the rest of the customisation.
This customisation is very basic and is intended for those who have basic web 2.0 design skills.
- It is assumed that the Mirage 2 theme was installed according to: http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/XMLUI_Theme/M2.
- It is also assumed that you installed DSpace according to: http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/DSpace.
- After you have completed your customisation, you will have to rebuild DSpace.
- Review Common Elements
- Front Page Text
- Palette (colours)
- Typography (fonts)
- Banner Logo
- Institutional Branding
- Document Structure
- Footer Design
- Extra Customisation (Optional)
Live Webapp Quick Changes
This saves you from having to recompile the whole DSpace webapp just to see what effect a few SASS CSS changes will make.
Type the following:
Now using another login session, you can modify the SASS CSS stylesheets in the styles folders and the main.css file will compile almost instantly.
If you make a serious error, then compass will crash, so you must watch the terminal where compass is running to check for errors and if needed restart compass.
Just remember to make the same changes to the source SASS CSS files, so that your changes will be applied after the next DSpace rebuild:
To synchronise the live webapp CSS styles folder with the source folder, type the following:
rsync -av $HOME/webapps/xmlui/themes/Mirage2/styles/ $HOME/source/dspace-xmlui-mirage2/src/main/webapp/styles/
After modifying the XSL stylesheets in the live webapp XSL folder, just press refresh in your browser to view the changes. If your browser has caching enabled, try to disable caching while doing development work.
Just remember to make the same changes to the source XSL files, so that your changes will be applied after the next DSpace rebuild:
To synchronise the live webapp XSL stylesheet folder with the source folder, type the following:
rsync -av $HOME/webapps/xmlui/themes/Mirage2/xsl/ $HOME/source/dspace-xmlui-mirage2/src/main/webapp/xsl/
Below are screenshots of our modified Mirage2 theme.
Simple Submission Form
- Read about Mirage 2 theme customisation on github.
Below are links to archived themes that can be used as examples.