[theme-reviewers] Per-Post Layout Options

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Mon Aug 8 17:27:39 UTC 2011

Good afternoon reviewers and developers!

I want to get your input/opinions on something. The next version of Oenology
will incorporate layout options:

 - Static Page default layout, via Theme Option
 - Per-Page layouts, via Page Templates
 - Single Blog Post default layout, via Theme Option
 - Blog Posts Index layout, via Theme Option

I am considering adding post meta to allow for per-post layout selection. It
is simple enough to implement; however, here's my question: would this cross
the content/presentation line? Or expressed differently: would it be
inappropriate to add Theme-specific custom post meta in this manner, given
that such metadata would be mostly useless to the user after switching

I'm leaning toward the opinion that it would be appropriate, but I am
concerned about the scalability of Themes filling up the post meta table
with data that are only useful when using a given Theme.


Thanks in advance,

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