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[3.0] Redo the theme system for SMF (2.1+ obviously)

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Not my call, I was asking the topic starter.

Ah.. then my mistake.. though I thought you are asking me !

--- Quote from: Bloc on September 25, 2011, 03:53:29 PM ---Not my call, I was asking the topic starter.

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No :) maybe I should more clear on that, sorry..but IMHO this topic is going nowhere when you start that age old AjAX-or-not discussion again. That has always been, and still is, a question of UI layout - not of whether it can be cool to add it or not. But I digress...I believe the ball is now back to the topic starters corner(if he is still there ;D )

Had no idea this was replied to...

--- Quote from: Bloc on September 20, 2011, 07:00:14 PM ---
--- Quote from: Vekseid on June 29, 2009, 05:44:30 PM ---SMF's theming is its most widely criticized weakness. There's a reason for this, it would be awesome to see it addressed.

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It is? Whats the reason for that, in your opinion?

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People who complain about it are generally pretty specific - that it's obtuse to design themes for. This in and of itself could be fine, if it was in fact not so obtuse as to say, require you to edit one of SMF's most criticals file just to alter the menu.

--- Quote from: Antechinus on September 23, 2011, 05:17:34 PM ---Does anybody actually disable js these days? [Unknown] was musing last year that we should really be requiring js these days, because of the obvious benefits (security being one of them).

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None that aren't either a) bots or b) using something like noscript. It wouldn't be any upset to require it.

--- Quote from: Bloc on September 25, 2011, 03:53:29 PM ---Not my call, I was asking the topic starter.

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I have no idea what you're referring to. Not once in this thread have I mentioned AJAX.

Most of what I discussed in my first post is still fully valid, two and a half years later. For example: What are PM options doing as part of theme options?

Right now, though, I'm working on my own software based on what was discussed for the Youracore project. I'll continue to work on SMF optimization notes and such as long as my forums still run SMF, but my vision for communities is not shared by the team here. Which is perfectly fine, but I don't feel like getting heated over it.

What I would love to see, would be a way so that themes (design), is completely separated from functionality. I.e. mods do not interfere with theme code directly, but only through hooks (so that mods install automatically on any theme, rather than having the admin mess up manually with the code). Most CMSs work that way, would this be impossible for a forum? Isn't this something worth striving for in our case?


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