per an earlier conversation:
I was considering breaking out the admin functions into an Admin theme (so you can theme both seperately) ... and then ensuring that any URL's exposed by modules that are 'Admin' automatically switch to the admin theme
We would have to:
You would probably want to do one more thing, which is provide a helper function in the admin theme that allows it to control rendering of the top / overlay menu on the front end for when an administrator is logged in (e.g. the site theme can call the admin theme to get that menu and render it into the response).
The admin theme wouldn't actually be any different in its configuration, but clearly would have its own CSS, layouts etc. that optimise it for Admin functions - it would then be possible for a theme to be both front end and admin (if you wanted).
hehe, i'll have to digest this one for a bit
it also looks like there should be a separate "admin theme" selector in the administration page.