[wp-hackers] Improving Meta Box Handling
otto at ottodestruct.com
Tue Jun 1 13:21:34 UTC 2010
On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 8:53 PM, Michael Pretty <mpretty at voceconnect.com> wrote:
> Now that the first release candidate for WP 3.0 is out, I wanted to get the
> ball rolling on a ticket I submitted for 3.1,
> http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12450. The idea behind the ticket is
> to improve and simplify the api for meta boxes. Some of the ideas I had for
> improvement are:
All this is pretty much already there, isn't it? Let's run the list:
> -a registration like that of taxonomies and post types so that plugins can
> optionally apply those to any post types they add.
The fourth parameter of add_meta_box is the post type that the meta
box will appear on.
> -an update callback registration, to simplify the checks a developer has to
> make against revision, AJAX, AUTOSAVE, etc.
While these could indeed be simplified, I don't quite see how you'd
make a callback mechanism work any better than a simple if statement.
> -transition built in meta boxes (excerpt, comments, publish, etc) to use new
Goes without saying that you'd move existing things over.
> -add handling to optionally check against capability before displaying meta
> box based on registration.
You can do a capability check before calling add_meta_box, can't you?
This may be a good idea, but I didn't think meta boxes were all that
complicated to begin with. Can you give some examples of how this sort
of thing would be easier than the existing code?
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