Styles and Themes Checklist

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Patch Check List

General Coding Standards on Dreamwidth:

-- Usage rights (resource credits, credits in HTML or CSS comments, dw-free or nonfree)

-- No tabs

-- No trailing spaces

Styles (general):

-- Always set layout_authors

-- Tabula Rasa child whenever possible

-- Supports all column modes whenever possible and at least one one-column

-- Supports all options from Tabula Rasa

-- Custom props sorted into existing propgroups using _child

-- Custom props also sorted into existing /customize cats in the file.

-- Custom props follow naming standards

-- Check everything, everywhere. In particular don't forget:

  • non-default column modes
  • modules in every available position
  • community accounts
  • unusually short or long elements
    • subjects
      • Maxed-out subject length, very short subject, no subject
    • tags
      • Very long tags, lots of short tags, no tags
    • titles
    • entries
      • Especially one-line entries
    • comments
    • usernames
      • "mytwentyfivecharactername" is 25 characters
  • userpic stuff
    • no userpic
    • non-square userpics
    • smaller userpics
    • transparent element userpics
  • collapsed comments
  • bottomcomment area
  • reply page
  • quick reply
  • icon page
  • pagination links
    • reading
    • archive
    • comments
    • icon page
  • contextual pop-ups
  • navigation strip
  • page text
    • sometimes only visible when there are no entries on the reading page

Themes (general):

-- Alphabetized themes

-- Two blank lines between each theme

-- theme_authors if theme author is NOT style author. Otherwise no.

-- Props separated by headers (Presentation, Page Colors, Entry Colors, Module Colors, Fonts and Images, in this order. )

-- Alphabetized props within each cat.

-- No empty props

CSS (general):

-- If TR child goes into function print_stylesheet () for styles. Otherwise goes into function Page::print_default_stylesheet.

-- Theme-specific CSS goes into function Page::print_theme_stylesheet()

-- No broad resets

-- Comment headers

-- Indents

-- Shorthand


-- color_page_text in every theme

-- No half foreground/background combos (e.g. text color without background color)

-- Matching foreground/background combos (such as entry text color on entry background color)

-- Order in props for link colors: alphabetical so _link, _link_active, _link_hover, _link_visited

-- BUT order in CSS for link colors: hierarchical so a, a:visited, a:hover, a:active

-- Shorthand for color hex codes


-- Single quotes around font names with multiple words; no quotes otherwise.

-- No font_units settings if no font_size too.

-- No hardcoded font names

-- No hardcoded font sizes (some exceptions allowed)


-- No color profiles

-- Color-indexed PNGs whenever possible. JPGs with a lower res are sometimes a good alternative.

-- Common images in /commons

-- Follows file naming standards