[theme-reviewers] Theme requirements for adaptive vs. responsive themes

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Sun Aug 25 19:51:11 UTC 2013

Hi Bruce,

Hypothetically speaking, let's say that we vote yes, what are the benefits
for the end user?

I've done it in the past and whatever [shortcode] does, CSS can as well.

CSS will perform and render faster and especially on mobile devices :)


On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM, Bruce Wampler <weavertheme at gmail.com>wrote:

> In the recent theme tag discussion, there was clearly recognition of a
> technical difference between mobile-adaptive and mobile-responsive themes.
> This note is about that technical difference, and not about tag names.
> I agree that there is indeed a fundamental difference between adaptive and
> responsive presentation of content. In adaptive themes there is often a
> need to selectively change the content depending on the device - and if one
> is very picky in reading the rules, this violates the general guideline
> that themes can't change content.
> As a specific example, adaptive layout really needs to includes user
> content control, say  shortcodes --  [show_if_mobile] and [hide_if_mobile]
> -- to allow the user to select which content should be displayed in which
> mode. This is especially important if the content is high-bandwidth, and
> the site creator would like to minimize mobile device content download. I
> would contend this is an integral part of the theme design, and not plugin
> territory. Purely responsive layout cannot do that very easily in many
> cases, so the feature is important.
> I would like to propose that mobile-adaptive themes be allowed to include
> specific adaptive-related shortcodes and other critical design features.
> Perhaps require the theme author to document the need for such features at
> theme submission time.
> Bruce Wampler
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