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Hybrid: Version 0.5

  1. Print Stylesheet

    I've been giving this a complete overhaul today. It's going to be much cleaner and only focus directly on content. It's not completely horrible, but a few things have changed since I last updated it.

  2. You know what would be cool? A widget to display posts by series, so one could highlight articles in a series via the sidebar.

  3. Filter for hybrid_body_class(),
    Action after comment form and before submit button ;)

    Thanks.

  4. Hybrid 0.5 testing - Bleeding edge

    If you want to help test an early version of 0.5, here's the thread where we're testing it:
    http://themehybrid.com/support/topic/download-hybrid-05-bleeding-edge-testing

    You know what would be cool? A widget to display posts by series, so one could highlight articles in a series via the sidebar.

    Definitely. I don't like the idea of adding this in the core. I think it would be great as an additional plugin.

    Filter for hybrid_body_class()

    Already on my to-do list for 0.5.

    Action after comment form and before submit button

    I'm playing around with a few different action hooks with the comments form right now. There'll be some extra ones added.

    There's already one after the comment form — comment_form (a WP action hook that should be included with all themes).

  5. Overhaul of Get the Video

    One thing I've been wanting to revamp is the Get the Video functionality. I know a couple of you have tried to use it, but I haven't done much with it. It's far behind the Get the Image feature.

    They are basically the same thing. Except one is for images and the other is for videos.

    The main problem

    I've been toying with the idea of making it an all-inclusive <object> feature. For example, you could load up videos, flash, audio, text files, and all kinds of neat stuff. Right now, it's mainly a flash video functionality (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, and so on).

    So, I can't decide on whether this feature should be Get the Video or Get the Object (don't think about the funny name).

    Coding this thing

    This will definitely be more extensive than the image feature because you have to deal with mime types in this case. Even if it was just a video feature, figuring out the video mime type is a biggie.

    I'm just kind of thinking out loud here.

    Of course, feel free to add any ideas about what the Get the Video/Object feature should be able to do.

  6. Feature Freeze

    Hybrid 0.5 is now officially in a feature freeze. What this means is that no new features will be added from this point until the release. Any new feature requests will be pushed back to 0.6.

    Comments

    I'm also holding back on the comments template hooks. I've added in two new ones, but I want to wait for now. In version 0.6, I'll be looking over the possibilities of allowing the separation of comments, pingbacks, and trackbacks. I'd rather not add any new hooks until I know exactly how this will work out.

    Get the Video

    I'm still working on this. I haven't decided whether any changes will be added to this in v.0.5 yet.

  7. Compatibility with WordPress versions

    I've also decided that I'm not maintaining too much backwards compatibility. While old themes will nearly always work on newer versions of WP, it's hard to take advantage of new WP features without making sacrifices somewhere. Maintaining legacy functions that are built into newer versions of WP isn't the job of theme developers.

    With that said, I know WPMU is usually a few weeks behind WP with their upgrades and it's a lot tougher running an MU site. So, what I'll be doing is maintaining backwards compatibility with one major WP version behind.

    Hybrid 0.5 will work with WP 2.6 and 2.7.

    Hybrid 0.6 will be built on WP 2.8, and I'll be dropping support for 2.6.

  8. This is looking really fantastic, Justin.

    I've started figuring out how to use hooks properly and have implemented their use a little on Bedbound/Unlimited and another not-yet-live site and they're FANTASTIC. They're going to mean virtually 100% of my customising can be done without messing with the main theme files! Woo!

    I'll be downloading the bleeding edge and testing on the not-yet-live site today. Looking forward to it.

  9. @rickybuchanan

    Thanks. I'm hoping to push this thing out very soon. There's just so much testing.

  10. Widget area naming system

    I know we all voted on this. You can see the results (nothing really won in this area):
    http://themehybrid.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/hybrid-05-survey.html

    And, there's an ongoing discussion on my blog:
    http://justintadlock.com/archives/2009/02/14/replacing-sidebar-in-wordpress

    But, I've decided to go with my original idea:

    aside-primary.php
    aside-secondary.php
    aside-subsidiary.php
    
    utlity-before-content.php
    utility-after-content.php
    utility-after-single.php
    utility-after-page.php

    This doesn't really effect anyone. For me, the naming system was just something I needed to do to make files for widget areas. The functionality is still the same. Plus, we've been using the term "Utility" for the Utility widget areas for a while.

    The only people that need to concern themselves with the widget area names are those really hardcore users that want to handcode those areas within the theme rather than use widgets.

    If/when the WordPress devs decide on a term to describe widget areas, I'll make the change. Jane Wells says she'll put the idea on the table with the core devs for WP 2.9:
    http://justintadlock.com/archives/2009/02/14/replacing-sidebar-in-wordpress#comment-103691

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