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Check that all required headers in style.css are there. #50

khacoder opened this issue Aug 12, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Aug 12, 2016

[New sniff] Check that all required headers in style.css are there.

Rule type:



ERROR | Check specifically against style.css whether the required headers are found. See Theme-Check plugin - /checks/style_needed.php for the list.

Rule as it is found in the handbook.
There are no other specific rules in this sniff. Most are pretty obvious.

Theme check file covering this rule:
Required styles are also included in this theme check but they will have to be moved to a separate sniff.

[Optional Section] Decision needed:

There is only the one rule covering text domain requirements. The other checks that will be done are pretty obvious. However if we are striving for rule/sniff consistency I would suggest the following additions.
Stylesheets and Scripts (Required)
The main style.css header requires: Theme name, Description, Author, Version, License, License URI, and Text Domain.

Advice/Request for decision: Should the above header requirements be added to the requirements lists?

Notes for implementation:
  • This sniff will rely on the WordPress_AbstractThemeSniff Class to get the $sniff_helper array.
  • Testing will require that a style.css file is in the same folder as the test file.

To do:

  • Decision and implementation to add the rule in the Theme Review handbook to the Requirements page.
  • Create unit tests
  • Create new sniff
  • Adjust existing WPCS / PHPCS sniff and send in PR upstream.
  • Add existing sniffname sniff to the ruleset.

@khacoder khacoder self-assigned this Aug 12, 2016


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commented Aug 12, 2016

I have this sniff ready to go, however it uses the $sniff_helper array from the proposed WordPress_AbstractThemeSniff class.


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commented May 18, 2019

Again, I think this is something that is added in Theme Sniffer. Not sure if a sniff is needed for this 🤷‍♂

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