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Subject: Re: post release theme changes - make them more consistent

Re: post release theme changes - make them more consistent

From: Jonathan Gordon <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:45:47 -0800

2010/1/21 Jonathan Gordon <>:
> This might be controversial, but my mind is pretty made up about this.
> consistency in skins really is important, I'd need a very logical
> reason to not go ahead with this.
> POST 3.5 themes will need to be made more consistent. The current
> situation is apparently a mess.
> No settings are being removed, or hidden, or anything. The change is
> going to be priority between the setting and the skins.
> The change will make everything align with one simple rule "Use the
> settings for fallbacks only". What this means is this:
> If a skin (SBS or WPS for now, FMS and WRS coming soon :p ) specifies
> a <something> that also exists in a setting, then use the value from
> the skin, otherwise use the setting.
> SO:
> - if a skin sets a backdrop use it, if it doesnt *always* use the
> setting backdrop (the sbs backdrop will never be shown in any other
> skinned screen unless of course they both specify the same filename)
> - if a viewport in a skin uses - for colours, then use the setting
> (this is svn behaviour and wont change)
> - (sbs only) if the sbs specifies a %Vi then use it completely, if it
> doesn't then use the one from settings (unlike svn where the UI area
> is the intersection between the 2)
> - %we/wd in skins then is also consistent (both ignore the setting)
> The arguments against this are basically "I like this theme but want
> to tweak it" in which case I can only say go for it, but you need to
> change the actual skin files instead of your .cfg.
> Jonathan

FS#10922 is the patch which implements this
Received on 2010-01-22

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