[theme-reviewers] Reconsider requirement of dynamic_sidebar() and register_sidebar()
otto at ottodestruct.com
Fri Aug 31 21:07:51 UTC 2012
Question because I haven't tried it lately: If there's no
register_sidebar in a theme, does Appearance->Widgets even show up?
- If not, then I can see a case being made for it to be optional to
use it at all, but required if you make "sidebars" of any stripe.
- If Appearance->Widgets always appears regardless, then it should
just be required.
Having a sidebar or not is a stylistic choice. Supporting the core
functionality displayed to the user isn't.
On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
> My initial thought is that dynamic sidebar content - either as a traditional
> "sidebar", or in the footer - is *expected* end-user functionality for
> Themes, and as such should be required.
> At the very least, it makes sense to me that the functionality be included
> as *required* in the guidelines. Themes that have valid reasons for omitting
> this functionality can still request an exception.
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM, Justin Tadlock <justin at justintadlock.com>
>> I've been thinking about the requirement for dynamic sidebars for a while.
>> For the most themes, this makes sense. If your theme has sidebars (most
>> do), use the functions in place to do so.
>> Right now, I'm building a minimalistic blogging theme that focuses solely
>> on the content. But, I'm undecided if I want to add sidebars. If anything,
>> the theme would support a sidebar in the footer area. It just depends on
>> whether it fits into the design.
>> I think this is one of those times where an exception would be okay. But,
>> I'd like to just get everyone's thoughts on it beforehand.
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>> being ready):
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