Design module

In the Design module, you will create and edit the layouts of your portals. Intrexx layouts are based completely on Cascading Style Sheets. The entire design is therefore represented by CSS positioning that makes a quick page construction and an optimal searchability for search engines possible without the use of frames.

Through the use of caching mechanisms, combining many individually loaded files into a few larger ones, as well as the comprehensive compression of Javascript and CSS files, a high level of performance is possible. Barrier-free pages can also be constructed.

When developing applications for mobile devices, specific requirements apply to the underlying platform: in addition to the minimal bandwidth of connections and the insufficient, and in some cases completely missing, support of Javascript (required for AJAX and interactive forms) by some devices, special requirements such as the sliding effects for the iPhone must be taken into account.

The support for mobile end devices is based on the following three principles:

Design and design selection

Every end device supports a specific range of options that are restricted by the bandwidth of the connection, the abilities of the installed browser, the device software and the device itself. While the iPhone from Apple offers the greatest degree of functionality, devices like the Blackberry end devices of the previous generation offer no support for Javascript.

In the Design module, you can define which end devices should be supported by each layout and whether the end device offers support for Javascript or not. The Intrexx server provides the desired layout corresponding to the identification of the end device.

Arrangement and layout of applications

The transformation of an application page for a mobile end device automatically ensures that no layout is used for the page that is based on tables; rather, a page will be generated that is completely based on CSS and pure HTML. The designer of the application requires no special knowledge of CSS here. One must only take into account that the page has to be sufficiently small to be displayable on the end device.

Construction of the menu

In Intrexx, individual menus for each layout can be created; these can be customized for the special requirements of mobile end devices.

This means, for example, that applications can be offered exclusively for the iPhone, while other applications will be implemented for all mobile end devices. The start page of an application, specially adjusted to the end device, can also now be defined by editing the menu. The same application can be placed in the menu as many times and in as many places as you wish.

Further information on the areas of the Design module you will find here.