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Mercury released
Posted: 06-Aug-2018 18:42
Mercury version 1 is available here:

  • Mercury is a skin that produces clean, simple web pages that are responsive to the size of the viewport, and that support swipes on touch-capable devices.
  • Image display is optimized for phones, making maximum use of the viewport.
  • Customization options include control over page layout, theme images, thumbnail type (fixed shape, justified, separate folder thumbnails), caption content, font attributes, and colors.
  • Albums may include self-hosted videos, YouTube videos, and Vimeo videos.
  • Support for Google fonts and WOFF files.
  • Support for providing links to external sites.
  • Albums may include an information page that includes descriptive text, a small image, and an email contact link.
  • Navigation tooltip texts may be specified in any language.
  • Allows the user to insert a favicon link, a copyright notice, a meta description, a meta robots tag, and Google Analytics code.
  • CSS and HTML code may be inserted into the finished albums via entries in the user interface.
  • The skin produces valid HTML5/CSS3: it supports all current browsers.
  • The skin produces separate slide pages, which is more SEO-friendly than pages that use dynamic routines to display the images.

In short, this skin combines features of several other skins, while simplifying many options.

The thumbnail page can be either Gromit-like, with fixed-shape thumbnails, or Neptune-like, with justified thumbnails. But the thumbnail border and caption options are considerably stripped down compared to those in Gromit. Only SVG navigation icons are offered.

The skin produces separate slide pages, like Gromit, but with fewer options with regard to caption positioning. As a result of this simplicity, the slide image display can be optimized for phones - on a small display, the script strips out things like the page title, and it makes the image as large as possible, without cropping. It may even allow the navigation icons to overlay the image, if that's what's necessary to display the image at its maximum size. The caption may still be visible, but if making the image as large as possible requires it, it may be necessary to scroll down to see the caption.

In this initial release, there is no support for maps, metadata, thumbstrips, download icons, breadcrumbs, external link buttons, logos, etc., and I intend to be fairly resistant to requests to add too much. This new skin had its origins in my attempts to improve the small-display behavior of Gromit, but I found that there were simply too many options in Gromit to make that workable. Rather than remove features from Gromit, I decided on a fresh start.

Because all of the coding in the skin is either a home brew, or is open source (jQuery, JustifiedGallery, and TouchSwipe), there are no licensing requirements.

Sample albums and user's manual:
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