[wp-hackers] Community conventions for custom post types?
onlyunusedname at gmail.com
Sat Aug 4 16:06:07 UTC 2012
Exactly. I think it could be a really powerful convenience if plugins knew
to expect certain common metadata to be stored in a certain fashion. Kind
of analogous-ish to the way the larger web uses microformats.
And it would seem to me that if you made the spec for each common CMS item
maximally complicated and taxonomy overloaded, then the extra data would be
there for developers who wanted it and could be gracefully ignored by
developers who didn't. Similar to Post Formats.
And its worth noting, that while post formats were a nice benefit for
developers, think of what a much, much bigger benefit they were to
non-developers. Then think of the benefit to non-developers who could know
that if their restaurant plugin or theme was "WordPress Community
Restaurant Standard"-compatible that they could use any other theme or
plugin that also was and it would just work. And their legacy data would
And there is the benefit of having the community standardize these sorts of
implementations for the sake of novice developers.
On Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 6:17 AM, <photofantaisie at gmail.com> wrote:
> > However, what are we really talking about here? Off the top of my head,
> > main areas where one would like to see consistency are in naming
> > conventions, eg post_type 'restaurant', rather than 'restaurants', for
> > example, so that template naming is predictable, and rewrite rules. So,
> > convention could be that, like 'post' and 'page', the CPT registered name
> > must be singular. But once you get beyond this, I'm not sure much can be
> > standardised. For example, I would not support a convention that says
> > 'restaurant' must be non-hierarchical. In my use case, I may need
> > 'restaurant' to be hierarchical. (Note: I hope I'm not misunderstanding
> > kind of conventions that people are thinking about.)
> Think about metadata and the formats therein. A restaurant may have
> odd opening and closing hours, and storing that data in a sane format
> that was the same across plugins/themes might be useful.
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