Real-time End-User Theme Configuration
By changing a theme's settings, an end-user can add their logo or mission statement, change some colors if the theme's designed to work with the color module, or adjust any other settings the themer has made available. These could be fields that allow you to change specific pieces of text or modify the page-layout. But what if you have a lot of custom settings - say about 300 - and you want to see the changes made to these settings in real time? Well with a little help from jQuery and jQuery UI, you can add this type of functionality to your theme.
Click here to watch a 1 minute demo of this type of functionality.
In this presentation I will walk you though how this functionality was implemented at that Harvard Stem Cell Institute to allow researchers to adjust the design of their labs' websites. And I'll show you how to add these types of features to your own themes.
UPDATE: With four minutes to go, the slides and draft module can be found here:
UPDATE: BOF on Thursday at 4:10 to discuss these ideas and others. Meet on the lawn.