[wp-hackers] get_template function

Alex King lists at alexking.org
Mon Mar 20 05:25:06 GMT 2006

If backward compatibility is an issue, perhaps a variable could be added 
to control this - something that could be set in a plugin or the 
functions.php for the theme.

I've got empty sidebar.php, header.php and footer.php files in my theme 
just to keep the default theme items from showing up where they aren't 
wanted. I don't see the current situation as a good thing.


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Sam Angove wrote:
> On 3/20/06, Robert Deaton <false.hopes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> -1, this would introduce possibly the largest backwards compatiblity
>> break in the history of all software, I'd estimate around 80-90% of
>> themes would stop working with a change like this, the reason that the
>> current behavior exists is so that a theme developer does not have to
>> write 20 files to get a simple theme working. I think the behavior is
>> perfectly fine as it is.
> Really? Just to be clear, this function would have no impact on the
> way the template loader falls back to index.php if the query templates
> are missing.
> Only header.php, footer.php, sidebar.php, comments.php and
> comments-popup.php are loaded in this way, and I've never seen a theme
> missing the first two, at least.

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