Updated to Twitter Bootstrap 2.0

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I have to say that I have never been happier as a web developer when Twitter Bootstrap was first announced. It gave me a nice design framework that I could use to get my ideas out into the world faster. I wasn’t worried about how my website was going to look; I could focus on how it was functioning.

There wasn’t a lot that I could have faulted the first implementation of Twitter Bootstrap. I used it on a few projects without a hitch, but a new version is out so I though I’d give it a go.

Luckily Twitter provided an excellent upgrading reference for people going to version 2.0. The one major thing you need to worry about (if you have a pretty standard installation of Twitter Bootstrap) is the change to the top navigation bar:

Navbar (formerly topbar)

  • Base class changed from .topbar to .navbar
  • Now supports static position (default behavior, not fixed) and fixed to the top of viewport via .navbar-fixed-top (previously only supported fixed)
  • Added vertical dividers to top-level nav
  • Improved support for inline forms in the navbar, which now require .navbar-form to properly scope styles to only the intended forms.
  • Navbar search form now requires use of the .navbar-search class and its input the use of .search-query. To position the search form, you must use .pull-left or .pull-right.
  • Added optional responsive markup for collapsing navbar contents for smaller resolutions and devices. See navbar docs for how to utilize.

Most important, .topbar was changed to .navbar, meaning you want to take some time to change the top bar in your current code. I also enjoy the expanded documentation of the navbar in general.

For a simple blog like this, I have to say that the upgrade to Twitter Bootstrap went without a hitch. I am sure there will be some more tweaking here and there as I progress using version 2.0, but I would recommend to anyone who uses Twitter Bootstrap to take the time and upgrade!


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