Back To Top is the stack that you'll need if you wish to build attractive buttons to send a user back to the top of a webpage, but don't want to use Photoshop to build sprites and don't want to do any complicated programming .
A choice of customisable options lets you create a button of just about any shape, size, position and colour. And a useful 'view generated source code' setting lets you copy the generated code quickly for reuse in non-Stack pages.
Back To Top General Settings
Placement - Fixed (default) Relative,
Position – Top/Bottom/Left/Right
Offset – Page scroll before active
Back To Top Styling
Content – Font Awesome Icon
Content Colour (Normal/Hover)
Animation – Time ms
Sizing - Width/Height
Background – None, Colour Fill, Gradient Diagonal 1/2, Gradient Horizontal, Gradient Vertical (default), Gradiant Radial, Image (Dragged and Dropped), Image (Warehoused)
Top/Lower Fill – Normal/Hover
Border – Normal/Hover
The very first checkbox in the Settings panel is View Generated Source Code. When the checkbox is activated, the HTML, the CSS and the JS output for your button for your newly created button will be displayed in preview mode. A single click in any of these fields will allow you to copy the code necessary for your Back To Top button to be included within non-Stacks pages.
Without a doubt, a useful stack to have in your collection!
An eon ago, I purchased ActionHost from Tsooj Media, but found it too complicated to use. Will Woodgate has now reworked ActionHost and added more standard options to those previously available. Will also cleaned up the interface and made it simpler to use.
ActionHost is now available on the S4S website.
An example: You have an RWML page (I think I talked about RWML just recently?). By default, you can add a menu, or a stack (i.e. image) to change languages. You, however, decide that you'd like a simple text link somewhere within the opening text.
If you'd like to have a button in the menu bar that prints your page, or returns your visitor to the previous page, it's as simple as adding the corresponding text to the menu and setting an action as described above.
ActionHost has now morphed into a stack that even I can understand and find useful!
Trigger Type - Link Text, Link URL.
Trigger Condition - Equal To, Contains, Starts With.
Trigger Value - The succession of characters to look for.
15 Options - As listed above, plus options such as View PaySnap Cart, Cartloom etc.
The remaining options are variable, depending upon the action requested.
When ActionHost was originally released, it was a stack with interesting possibilities. However, it required coding skills for most actions.
ActionHost version 2 now has a much cleaner interface and includes options that will be useful to many Weavers.
Something that is especially useful, is the fact that CodeBox syncs with the cloud!
Recently my hard drive crashed and – not having an adequate backup system in place – I lost a lot of information. Because CodeBox was set to sync with my Dropbox account, however, as soon as I reinstalled the app all of my snippets were immediately available again – The necessary CSS is still in place on my server, so I can still add rollovers or this link enhancement to my blog posts without having to search online for the code again!
CodeBox has a multitude of formatting options, so no matter if your code snippets are destined for Ruby On Rails, or are simply text snippets, they will aways be formatted correctly. And once you've discovered the snippet that you're looking for, just click the 'tick' box beneath the snippet and it is copied to the clipboard for use in the next application.
If you are constantly forgetting which HTML is related to which CSS, or JS snippet, then I can highly recommend CodeBox. It doesn't cost the earth an it is extremely useful.
Oh, and the social icons below — they were also added via CodeBox and I also use CodeBox to store standard replies to various forums that I'm active on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
SVG is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999.
SVG images and their behaviors are defined in XML text files. This means that they can be searched, indexed, scripted, and compressed. As XML files, SVG images can be created and edited with any text editor, as well as with drawing software.
All major modern web browsers—including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and Microsoft Edge—have SVG rendering support.
The emphasis here lies on "Modern". IE8 and Android 2.3 have problems with SVG, but there are workarounds.
So why am I writing this article?
I've been using SVG images in conjunction with RapidWeaver for many years. There are a number stacks that will allow you to add SVG warehoused files (via 'Resources) to a project and I've probably used all of them at some time or other. (Graphic Stack from S4S is the ideal free option, if you're not using Foundation)
However, I've recently hit upon problems when using BWD's Sections Pro and Sections Box. I must emphasise from the beginning that the problem does not lie with BWD, but the way that SVGs are exported by default.
Today, I was experimenting with BWD Sections Box animations. I added a couple of SVGs to a project and set them to animate. The animation worked just fine – when set to 'Hover', but didn't work at all when set to 'On Page Load', or 'When In View'. I was miffed and wrote to Andrew asking about the crap he was offering RW users. (Obviously. I was a little more polite in my mail).
Within seconds, Andrew replied that the crap was of my own manufacture. (Again – Andrew and I always converse on polite terms and only badmouth our anonymous clients) And so I was forced to review my production process. Strong coffee and some patience were needed.
I began to research the web. My findings:
Most illustration applications add a load of redundant Code when exporting an SVG file, not least Adobe Illustrator CS6.
During my research, I discovered two (actually three) important web pages.
If you're just setting out with the use of SVGs – especially in combination with Adobe Illustrator, I highly recommend that you visit both this page and this page. The first explains how to export 'web-ready' SVGs from Illustrator, the second explains how to include SVGs on your web page.
However – even after following the advice from the first page, the SVG export from most illustration apps is still not ideal for the web. My new-found advice, (but perhaps Paul Russam has more input on this subject) is — visit Jake Archibald's GitHub page, drop in your shiny new SVG and save the results to a text file (TextMate, or similar) with an .svg extension. Your SVG will now be fully optimised for the web, with no redundant code and – it can still be opened and edited with your favourite illustration application (just remember to repeat the optimisation process once you re-saved).
Many thanks to Andrew Tavernor for convincing me to do some research. It was well worth the effort and I've bookmarked Jake Archibald's GitHub page. I recommend you do the same – pending feedback from Paul Russam, the SVG/Animation expert.
Go forth and create better logos!
P.S. If you need detailed information about SVG, this page will tell you everything you wanted to know.
Paul Russam commented:
I did a test a while ago where I created a simple graphic of squares, circles, text etc in Sketch, AI, and Affinity Designer and then exported each as svg. AI's export was the biggest and showed AI's print focused origins, Sketch and AD did much better but AD came out best for a couple of reasons primarily that the exported svg was the smallest and that it was 100% x 100% not NNpx x NNpx (AI's biggest problem) thus making it perfect for web use.
So you're a hardcore coder and you want to build your website using RW. You will need Stacks 3 and a copy of the HTML Body Stack which comes with a dedicated blank theme.
You may, of course use any theme you like, but hey, you're hardcore and you want full access to the <head> and <body>, right? These are preconfigured when you use themes. Not the case with 1LD's Blank Theme – it's blank and just begging for an HTML Body stack.
Let's start a new project.
Open a new Stacks project, choose the HTML Body Blank theme and then check your Stacks' library for HTML Body. Drag this stack onto your page and hey! It looks like Stacks, but it works like HTML. It has three themes for the editing mode – the Standard Stacks' theme, Light and dark.
You added it to your page already? You now have a <head> and Before <body> elements on your page, but both have the 'Add Child' + button!
Go on – click the + button in the <head> area. Now you can link your CSS and meta tags, etc. or, may the heavens forbid, a stack.
Same thing with the <body>. Click the + button and add your HTML content, non-wrapped HTML, or a stack.
I know some people who are going to love this.
Imagine – we're halfway down our new HTML page and it's looking great. But we need an image slider. So off we go to make coffee – that always helps us concentrate when browsing that code that we need. But wait – time is tight. We need the slider now, this instant.
What is easier than dragging one in from the stacks library? So what, if you didn't code it yourself (i.e. borrow the code from the web), forget vanity; time is tight – remember?
But now, watch this – I'm working on a Foundation project and just discovered the source code for a cool calendar. I drag an HTML Element stack into my project and add the code to it. It is already surrounded by <divs> and I can add as many child stacks to it as I need.
1LD created HTML Body as a way to give themselves the control they wanted to have in order to create HTML templates for their own web development projects.
Using a hybrid Stacks/HTML editor gives RapidWeaver users the ability to really mold projects into whatever they need them to be, whether they need to include simple to use RapidWeaver Stacks or import advanced external libraries.
To get you started 1LD has thoughtfully included a free project file that they created with Bootstrap. The project contains 5 sections that you can save as partials for use in other projects. Perhaps we might even see a Foundation project soon?
If you have little, or no HTML/CSS experience or suffer from code phobia, this is not the stack for you — 1LD can only support the stacks and theme, but not our inability (and yes, I include myself) to understand what all those <div>s, </p>s and <span>s are about.
If you're a coder and use RapidWeaver for the obvious ease of use that it offers, HTML Body is exactly the stack that you've wished for all these years.
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