Another Friday, another iteration of the plugin that makes even the fauxgo look good and you shouldn’t use. Calling 0.5 “Aureolin” aka
#FDEE00, which doesn’t stand for anything just like MP6.
Alerts and notifications need more love, but we’ve made a first pass at them. They could be significantly improved if we introduced more classes in addition to
.updated. For example; a
.successful class added to the notification shown when a post is published or WordPress is updated. When a plugin update is unsuccessful, we should use the existing
.error class. We could also use
.updates when showing that updates are available, or .info when an alert is used to provide don’t-miss information. I’m sure there are more; let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Other miscellaneous notes:
- Stop squinting: WordPress is almost ten years old and needs bigger fonts. We’ve increased the base font size to 14 pixels with nothing smaller than 12 pixels as a rule. We think this has done a lot for legibility, though some areas may still need adjustments.
- Help tabs now match the new active/inactive styles used elsewhere. Props to Joen for this.
- Switched to dashicons for view switches and post format icons.
- Rewrote the Open Sans font rule so it doesn’t interfere with specifically declared fonts used elsewhere (i.e. monospace elements).
- Login simplified.
- Many more small adjustments; see the full revision log for details. (It’s amazing how fast things can move when everyone has commit.)
An experiment within an experiment
As we melt away the layers of aesthetic cruft accumulated over many years, we start to notice more “first world problems” — things that didn’t seem like that big of a deal before because there were more fundamental problems but as we fix those the higher-order problems are more grating.
There’s scope creep, and there’s scope taming — taking the wild beast of scope and conquering it so thoroughly with the coordinated effort of a diverse, unified, and motivated team that Friction and Resistance melt away before you. I was initially skeptical we could tackle the following in MP6, but as our open approach has attracted new people and also more effectively leveraged contributors who might not have as much time I’m proud to announce:
- We’re responsive. We’d originally thought that this was outside the scope for MP6, but a strong initial effort by Andy Peatling convinced us it could be done. We’re adding support page by page so no need for individual bug reports just yet, if you have questions or suggestions please leave them in the comments here.
- There’s a fixed-position menu bar. It only floats if the viewport is taller than the admin menu, and it’s disabled on all smartphones and tablets (except iPads). Users should disable the Floating Admin Menu plugin, if installed. Props to Till Krüss for bringing his plugin into MP6 to enable this functionality.
These are done as sub-plugins within MP6 directories we can easily disable if they get in the way of our core goal of creating a new unified aesthetic ready to be in core.
The team will be meeting in #wordpress-ui at April 1st, 2013 1pm CDT to go over this week’s edition and discuss your ideas for the next one. We’ll follow it up with our next release a week from today on April 5.
This week included contributions by Joen Asmussen, Mel Choyce, Ben Dunkle, Isaac Keyet, Till Krüss, Andy Peatling, Samuel Wood (otto), and MT. Many thanks as well to all of you who have commented here and participated in the weekly chat; your feedback has helped shape our work.