[drupal-devel] [feature] Enable multiple block regions (not just
"left" and "right" sidebars)
borismann at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 23:37:38 UTC 2005
On 21-Jul-05, at 12:49 PM, Dries Buytaert wrote:
>> I've never personally had a need for multiple themes. I view the
>> functionality as mainly a novelty. And, it's worth remembering, it
>> would still be possible to have multiple styles, since styles
>> based on
>> the same theme would have the same regions. So, e.g., an admin
>> would still be feasible.
> What do other people think about having multiple themes versus
> having a single theme (with optional styles)? Having only one
> theme would greatly simplify the forthcoming block adminsitration
> page, and would allow us to tidy up the theme administration page.
> See http://drupal.org/node/16216 for details. Please read up on
> the issue and share your concerns or cast a vote.
The very fact that we are talking about removing existing
functionality seems to suggest to me that this is being approached
wrong. I'm -1 for an option or otherwise not allowing for multiple
themes. The blog_theme is one instance where this would completely
break. Also, I always develop a new theme as an alternate option,
setting my account to that theme in order to be able to test it.
What does a themer care about? A themer cares about (1) being able to
easily have different regions to place chunks of content and (2)
having a non-code way for admins to work with these content chunk areas.
I say, have the theme define it's regions, and drive the block admin
page. Essentially, two modes of operation. If there is a
block.admin.php (or whatever) in the theme, use that. Otherwise, fall
back to defaults (which might just be left/right). Heck, I can see
options where I put complicated logic in a theme and/or block admin
section to allow users to control what blocks appear on their user page.
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