[theme-reviewers] Minified CSS

Edward Caissie edward.caissie at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 14:24:59 UTC 2011

I'm definitely with Austin on this one ... and although still in "draft" the
codex page might be recommended when or if the discussion arises for a
specific theme.

There are several Themes that currently have very "tight" or minimized CSS
that although (barely) "human readable" do use formats that can be followed
to make modifications with ... not that I would want to make them but it's

That being said, if a Theme is submitted with CSS that is minimized to the
extent that all spacing, new lines, etc. have been removed then we may need
to address the style.css file for its GPL-compatibility and subsequent


On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 8:52 AM, Austin Matzko <austin at pressedcode.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 7:40 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
> > Um, it's CSS. The "minified" version of the file is named "style.css". It
> is
> > (human-readable) text.
> > When he says "minify", he is talking only about collapsing whitespace
> (tabs,
> > newlines, etc.), not any actual data compression.
> The GPL doesn't say "human-readable"; it says the "preferred form of
> the work for making modifications to it."  Not many people prefer to
> modify CSS missing the linebreaks; at least we know Syahir doesn't,
> because he implies that minified CSS is not even readable by humans.
> > (And even if it weren't human-readable, as long as whomever were
> > distributing the "blob" provided the source code upon request, then the
> > distribution would fully comply with the terms of the GPL
> Agreed.
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