[theme-reviewers] WPTRT = TSA?

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Thu Jan 20 03:23:02 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 8:48 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
> Except that, by *what*, I really mean *if*: as in, is it a foregone
> conclusion that Child Themes will be in the Repository?

I'm more focusing on making it capable of doing it. Guidelines on what
are kinda your problem. ;)

But yes, child themes will be allowed eventually. The reasons have
been technical, not philosophical.

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
> Originally, Child Themes were intended to be *update-proof*, not "more
> update-proof", than (stand-alone) Themes. They were intended as a way for
> the *end user* to add Theme modifications that would be retained when the
> Parent Theme was updated.

Yeah, I thought that too, and said so last week. Matt corrected me,
and said that that was not the intended purpose of child themes. The
intended purpose was to allow themes to be extended, as they were
doing lots of CSS-only type competitions at the time (with things like
the Sandbox theme and so on), and child themes were intended to
facilitate that.

In Matt's words (or pretty close, I was not recording at the time):
"if we had intended to make themes capable of retaining modifications
through upgrades, we've have done it differently".

So yes, child themes are not end-user-only from the .org's
perspective, and will be allowed in the repo, eventually.


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