[theme-reviewers] Mandatory fields and elements for posts and comments
chip at chipbennett.net
Wed Aug 3 23:32:43 UTC 2011
I apologize for any brevity...
1) Themes must *incorporate* all of that content, but are given as much
latitude as possible for design intent. If the content types are
incorporated *somehow*, and implemented properly, then that's usually
2) Themes are required to include .wp-caption, .wp-caption-text, and
.gallery-caption in style.css. If those classes are left empty, we consider
that a design decision. As long as captions are displayed, and are minimally
aesthetic, that is acceptable.
Themes must support threaded comments.
3) That's a case-by-case determination. Generally speaking, *replacing* core
code should not be done; if a core method exists, it should be used. Can you
provide an example?
4) What sort of verification assistance are you looking for? Automated tests
can only go so far, and we're just about as far as we can get with Theme
Check, Log Deprecated Notices, Debogger, and Debug Bar.
5) Differentiating between "unacceptable" and "nice to have" is the reason
that the Guidelines are rigidly defined using *required* versus
*recommended*. (I admit that the Theme Unit Tests could be more clear. For
the most part, though: if it's listed in the Theme Unit Tests, it's
On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:22 PM, Mario Peshev <mario at peshev.net> wrote:
> Hello reviewers,
> I'm rereading the unit test and theme review pages on a regular basis in
> order to remember all the requirements for easier lookup on the new themes.
> I have some questions that I would be happy to share and get a feedback if
> possible. They are somehow mentioned in both documents but I find no hundred
> percent case that covers or states straight.
> 1) What are the mandatory fields visible for a post in single.php and
> page.php? According to the test cases and demo content I presume title,
> author, date, content, tags and categories lists, as well as parent-child
> relations and paging are required. However Chipp made a remark that
> parent-child relations visible in the post are not required, I don't find
> any requirements for categories and tags to be a necessary addition to the
> single.php, as well as the author and the date. What is the rule of thumb
> 2) Themes usually support image captions and threaded comments. Is a theme
> not approved if image captions are with standard formatting or threaded
> comments are not indented?
> 3) When theme author has replaced some code such as pagination or
> commenting with a custom code, is it necessary a bad practice or it depends
> on the final application?
> 4) Are there any good plugins for verification beyond the three listed in
> the guidelines?
> It's hard for me for some clauses to differ the "unacceptable" and "good to
> have" when I can't strictly read some theme review points as rules.
> Best regards,
> Mario Peshev
> freelance software developer/trainer
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