Its been a hectic and rather busy time lately, but as so many have politely asked, “when will we have some sets ready to purchase?” …. very soooon I say. The first set to be updated to use HTML5 and CSS3 with compatability fixes for the dreaded IE browser’s will be the “Crispnlight” set – this has been extensively reassessed and tidied up, ensuring we have the latest of the scripts and the excellent YAML 3 framework applied. I will then gradualy roll-out the other sets we have after porting them into the updated framework and features.
Am I ‘cheating’ by using YAML framework?
No, but very simply, why re-invent the wheel? – these guys have done the extremely hard work of ensuring the framework works seamlessly with different browsers and all their frustrating foibles, but in particular the Internet Explorer variations. Just head on over and see why I build on this framework and what these guys do.
What about a Barebones theme?
Now this is exciting! In a few discussions here and there I have read with interest the idea or wishes for a cut down or bare-bones template set similar in function and purpose as some of the excellent frameworks for other PHP systems such as WordPress. The purpose is in the ability for some store owners or other developers to quickly hit the customisation road with a basic framework to build on without the erroneous “fluf” of icons or specific classes and styles that are specific to a particular design …. think of wireframes …. think of skeleton structure.
Its worth having a browse of some WordPress specific examples of frameworks. While the proposed JShop Barebones set will not strictly be a framework in the strict sense of the word, it will allow the separation of the important layout and functions from the styles required to make your set look how you want it to – some resets, some standardisations etc will be the core, leaving you or your developer to hit the road running.