[development] Administration Survey: Theme improvements,
theme help system, theme mailing list
kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Wed Nov 30 20:10:46 UTC 2005
As part of the Drupal administration user experience survey we
identified Drupal theme issues as the most difficult administration
SID=1425065&U=142506581557). There was some confusion about the
results so Trae McCombs, from CivicSpace Labs, conducted six
additional theme development interviews.
Trae identified some common goals of theme developers, basic theme
tasks, and difficult theme tasks. I have created a documentation
page, http://drupal.org/node/39451, which outlines all this. I also
spoke with Dries yesterday and requested that a theme developers
mailing list be started to focus on helping with Drupal's most
difficult administration task.
In summary here are the actions we are taking to improve
administration specifically focused on Drupale theme development.
1) Identified Drupal theming as the most difficult Drupal
2) Improved the project module to allow for categorization so that
themes can be categorized to help themers pick a solid base theme.
Designed by Dries and implemented by Nedjo Rogers for CivicSpace
Labs. This is coming in the next few weeks on Drupal.org.
3) Provided a "Manage inconsistency in themes" documentation page
with best practices. http://drupal.org/node/37156
4) Created a support channel #cstheme to support development of the
CivicSpace theme. This may lead to a dedicated Drupal theme channel.
5) Added a link to theme help from the theme admin interface using
the CivicSpace theme. Added several base layouts to the CS theme for
theme developers to customize with styles.
6) Created a theme help documentation page to focus on basic and
difficult theme tasks. http://drupal.org/node/39451
7) Requested a themers mailing list to focus specifically on the
tasks of Drupal theme development
Please help us to develop theme help documentation(http://drupal.org/
node/39451). Understanding basic and difficult theme tasks, and how
to solve them, will allow us to attract more themers to the platform
and make it easier for all of us to theme our sites.
I'll leave you with a quote:
Dries_:it's the reason I didn't convert buytaert.net yet -- it takes
too f*****g long to make a theme
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