[wp-hackers] GSoC 2010: Visual CSS Editor

Eric Mann eric at eamann.com
Tue Mar 30 05:24:25 UTC 2010

While I agree with the general "I don't want users editing the theme"
sentiment, I think this is a fantastic idea!  It makes customization of
commonly available stock themes more accessible to users ... I spend more
time helping people fix sites they've broken in attempts to personalize them
than I spend actually developing new themes.

Like the Elastic Theme editor, I see this as having a very graphical UI.
The last thing we want to do is overwhelm users with code.  One feature I'd
recommend would be some kind of standards validation.  We all know that not
every browser works perfectly with ALL CSS3 declarations ... so maybe
pointing out that text-shadow will fail in IE and offering an alternative
(or maybe just not offering attributes that fail cross-browser) would work
... forcing a valid output would be a bonus, too.


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Subject: [wp-hackers] GSoC 2010: Visual CSS Editor

Hey hackers,

In short, I would like to create a CSS editor that will be easily integrated
to existing themes and provide users with a better alternative to theme

As some of you may know, I worked on a similar project (
http://elastictheme.org) for WordPress in last year's summer of code. This
proposal represents a year's worth of thought and revision with regard to
the larger subject of theme editing and development. Put simply, this is
what I want to do this summer, so if you have any feedback or ideas please
let me know!

*  Edit CSS: A given. Edit backgrounds, typography, margins and padding-the
*  Visual, interactive theme editing
*  Automatic child themes
*  MS support
*  Theme export
*  Developer friendly API
*  Extensible for plugins

If you're interested in this proposal, please
http://wp.me/pS0xt-7 .

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