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Liquid, download my xml and check out how i did it :D

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hey wheres the url for ur xml file download keystroke :D

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Its attached on a post of mine a page back in this thread.

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cjb110, the borderwith="0" property doesn't seem to work on the msg status plugin... theres a line under it and its in bold text like its made different than other plugins...

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Does the iconbar always show the last used programs?

Edit: Stupid question - a tiny amount of testing says it does.

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Yes... and no....

the Orange ones show fixed icons, but the others change depending on your last used app. I presume they are two different home screen add-ons which just look similar (working from a Mac at the mo so can't check out the xml).

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Anyone know of a full list of the icons available for on the screen? Or is it trial and error? (61 being an open book).

Edit: I've tabulated a description of them - working by trial and error. Wonder if it's possible to upload graphics to use as icons?

Apologies for the long list. The ones marked 'large' need a depth of 40, all others are a depth of 20.

11 - question mark
12 - large - suitcase, numbered with a 21
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32 - large - arrow pointing down at tray
33 - large - back of envelope & camera
34 - question mark
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42 - large - binder
43 - large - A-Z binder
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52 - large - notepad & calc
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61 - open book
62 - football
63 - drama
64 - arrow over globe
65 - book open smile
66 - cassette / note
67 - question mark
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70 - question mark
71 - open book
72 - football
73 - cloud / sunshine
74 - car
75 - single paper sheet folded into Z
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81 - big icon
82 - house over globe
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I am a Newbie trying to design my own homescreen and have been using notepad to edit the xml files - is that correct or do i need some kind of editor programme?

I want to have WMP, IE and Inbox as the icons at the top of my homescreen and tried to copy a plugin for these icons from an earlier post by Q-Rious - replacing the 'icons plugin' on the original xml with the example provided by Q-Rious. I tried copying this into a couple of the homescreens on the phone but it didn't work once i had copied the files into the IPSM/Applications/Home folder.

Am I way off the mark by copying the example plugin?

Any help would be really appreciated

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This post is getting very long and complicated... There will be a programme out soon to customize a home screen XML. There is one out now, but lacks some functionality and is subject to being tested and then released to a wider audience...

Personally I used a few examples of .XML files on my phone and some tips (ie date) in this post to put together my homescreen. What can I say?!? It all makes sense when you read the file a few times (print it - easier to understand). Look at the screen and then at your printout - some of it is straightforward (like language, time, msgs) some is harder to figure out. But that's when you can post a specific question... and get a specific answer.

As for writing .XMLs or editing, I found 'XML Writer' somewhere and it makes it very colorful and easy to read (just as you see it in IE, not notepad).. That makes it easy to navigate... and edit.

The microsoft hasn't got a big deal of info on Homescreen custumization - but you will get a general idea of its structure and layout.. Guess they have not made a full manual yet because they may be afraid of some features not working properly or something else on their mind, or just not yet... patience.

As for copying and pasting from other homescreens you must be careful coz even one wrong line will make your XML unreadable by the phone... The tool mentioned above has a consistency check for the file, so if there's a serious inconsistency it can check and report that to you.

Another quick tip for newbies: each plugin, line, function in the file is put in as a sep. entry. It starts with and finishes with . So between those 2 lines it would be the configs of a specific line/plugin on your screen.

Unfortunately it is hard to answer a question like this:
"I don't know XML, so how can I customise a home screen??"
To answer this question you have to write a proper guide for XML which is something for MS (i think) to do. My best advise in this case would be:

1. Read the MS guide to Homescreen custumization
2. Try understanding a basic home screen.
3. Do the other points mentioned here
4. Put a file together - fav. bits of different files.
5. To use your homescreen xml it must be copied into IPSMApplication DataHome

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Wow, I finally got a chance to read through this thread, and it's great to see so many people interested in home screen customisation for Smartphone. When we were developing it we dreamed of seeing posts like this!

I wrote the layout that diablojoe posted that raised so many questions about positioning the icons at the bottom. As many of you have guessed the way I did it was to use an empty text label plugin with the right height. You have to do the math correctly to ensure the heights add up to under 200px (20 for icon bar + 180 for the rest), but it does work. Folks are also correct that this only works if you don't have a plugin that hides/shows.

As I mentioned in another post a refreshed version of the home screen whitepaper (http://msdn.microsof...2homescreen.asp) should be available in the next couple of weeks with reference information on all the plug-ins and tags. That should help everyone out quite a bit in doing new layouts.

We are also planning on having a web chat in mid-January specifically about home screens. Current plan is to have me there, along with the developer who actually wrote all the home screen code and hopefully the tester that pointed out all our home screen bugs :D If you have specific things you'd like to see us cover in the talk shoot me a quick piece of mail and I'll try and make sure it gets covered (note that I won't be able to personally reply to home screen authoring questions in mail, however).

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Thanks a lot for that Neil. Looking fwd to update of the customisation page.

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