[wp-hackers] Theme development and hooks.

Chris Davis chrisdmitri at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 13:27:27 GMT 2005

And the question must be asked, why do I need the header and footer
functions?  Why must I use a seperate header and footer file for my

"I think for some themes it would be a waste of time, so who has
decided what I must use in my theme?"

This is not necessarily my opinion on this matter, but I think that
people are getting a little too jolly with "let's enforce a standard
for how Tom Follery must create his theme."

Just a thought.

On Apr 5, 2005 8:46 PM, Mark Jaquith <mark.wordpress at txfx.net> wrote:
> Robert Deaton wrote:
> > The validator would be fairly easy to write in most aspects. The
> > hardest part is checking things like the comment form, which isn't
> > there when the index is called, and if we were to check on a comment
> > page, the sidebar may or may not be located there. We could have
> > WordPress write an array of items reqiured to validate to the
> > database, and only write the comment value on a comment page, and have
> > the admin not say anything until the comment form is marked as
> > missing. Then, to save load, we don't update the values every time the
> > page is called, instead only when the values are missing. In the admin
> > panel there could be a button to clear the current validation settings
> > of a theme and have it recheck.
> There are only a few things needed.  <?php wp_head(); ?> and <?php
> wp_meta(); ?> and <?php wp_footer(); ?> and
> <?php do_action('comment_form', $post->ID); ?> are the essential ones,
> right?  DrDave's Spam Karma 2 already has code that checks the comments
> files for the "comment_form" action, and Firas' one should do that as
> well as the others.  The only other guidelines I can think of are
> general CSS standards that we could try to promote.  Like, surrounding
> posts with <div class="post" id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>"></div> and
> making entry titles <h2> .  But I'd think that having those 4 hooks
> would be the greatest thing to make plugins work across themes.
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