"You have to stay open minded, you can not, should not, look on the dark
side as we do not know what direction we are going in. Stay focused, and
be ready to embrace change, do not hide from it, but most of all be
If I have anywhere given a negative impression then I would genuinely regret that - I dont see one anywhere in what I've written.
A CSSZenGarden approach (as you first introduced me to for themes in 1.9!) would be wonderful for the styling, but we all know as well that there is so much functionality in themes these days, just like blocks. It probably shouldn't be there and if HQ can find a way to preserve/improve the ways we can add these "widgets" - awesomebar, radial completion/grades, etc, etc then that would be a huge step forward in both simplifying (and improving the look of) themes and removing some of the unnecessary blocks. I really hope that's not a negative view point - I really believe, as I have in the past, that I'm putting forward positive ideas about taking things forward from where they are already
. Existing functionality from blocks and themes is needed, but so is a new way of incorporating that functionality to improve the user experience!
I for one am really looking forward to the new theme(s) and what we can do with them. I really believe that a lot of the work that's been done by Fernando, Gareth, Chris and others (yourself, Julian, Danny, Shaun to name only a few) has been wonderful over the life and growth of Moodle2 and has added a lot to Moodle and I really want that to continue - whether its within Themes, or a new "widgets" plugin type or method, I really am not bothered, I just love to see and be involved in some of the innovation that has been a feature of themes over the last few years.