A while back I asked about licensing themes for different web software. I haven’t moved much further on it, but I would like to talk about it. The idea is a theme framework I call complexion.

The idea is that I would create a layout style that could be used as a theme for the various software I use on my site. So, just off the top, that means WordPress, MediaWiki, StatusNet, and MediaGoblin. I am sure I missed some other CamelCase’d software, but those the ones that come to mind. I would like to be able to have a unified look and feel when switching between these instances, something beyond a favicon or header (neither of which I employ).

The name comes from the classical Greek understanding of complexion. I want to have a rolling series of layouts, where the articles, header, footer and sidebars are changing over time. Then, I want to have five color schemes, one a minimalist canvas, and then four to go by the temperaments: choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic, and sanguine.

I’ve been looking at responsive frameworks to base these on, and since I use it the most, I will start with WordPress. As I develop this further I will put everything in a public git repo, and I will of course license it as liberal and copyleft as I can. I am choleric like that.