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An achingly simple WordPress theme without all the usual cruft.
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An achingly simple WordPress theme without all the usual cruft.




Tersus is an exercise in publishing template minimalism.

Why create yet another theme? As clean and stripped down as
some themes are, we wanted to prune things a bit further.

Tersus was originally called Simplicity, a name that was
suggested prior to the discovery of a WordPress theme
already using that name. After a brief discussion, several
latin terms were bandied about as replacements. Tersus
(which means ‘clean, neat, or cleansed’) seemed to fit the
bill rather nicely ... and here we are.

A version of Tersus is also being developed for Tumblr.

Keep track of Tersus development on Twitter.




+ HTML5 structure and compliance
+ CSS that has been reset and built from the ground up
+ Non-semantic, presentational markup has been dispatched
+ Built-in style “flavours” and theme options
+ Responsive, adaptive layout for small screens
+ Clean, valid, and awesome




Tersus is brought to you by the following folks.

Chris Harrison
Grant Hutchinson
Dan Rubin
Andy van der Raadt

Lovely chaps, all of them.

The groundwork for Tersus was based on the Starkers theme
created by the affable Elliot Jay Stocks.

We’d also like to give some props to the fine individuals and
handy resources which have made the development of Tersus much
more enjoyable.

Grettir Asmundarson
Beau Calvez
David Kendal
CSS Lint
GitHub for Mac





The Tersus theme is absolutely free and conveniently
licensed under GPL. You may use it for personal or commercial
projects, as you see fit. Please refer to the license.txt
file included with the source for more information.

Portions of the stylesheets are based on the YUI CSS Reset
and YUI CSS Base tools provided as part of the Yahoo! User
Interface Library.

Copyright © 2010, Yahoo! Inc.
All rights reserved.

All of the YUI Library components are provided free of
charge under a liberal BSD license.


Version History


0.1.5 - The “Good, Bad & Less Ugly” Release

+ New theme options for non-widget’d page, category, and archive lists
+ Sidebar markup changed to <aside> elements
+ Wrapped author names in <cite> elements
+ Added basic stylee for <blockquote>
+ Super Ginormous layout style is more responsive
+ Fixed collapsing margins when using advanced layout on small screens
+ Fixed display of archives when widgets are active
+ Comment lists now use custom callback function
+ Further decrufting of comments and comment forms
+ Removed crufty classes from avatars
+ Consolidated decrufting functions
+ Fixed stylesheet parsing errors uncovered by CSS Lint
+ Tidied up the display of search results

0.1.4 - The “Wrap It!” Release

+ Updated markup to use <section> and <article> elements
+ New theme option to display site-wide ‘announcement’ banner
+ Advanced layout style is more responsive
+ Advanced layout typography and colours have been adjusted
+ Form elements now have more consistent stylee
+ Tag lists now only appear if there are tags present
+ All ‘rel’ attributes now validate
+ Added current theme style to footer
+ Removed a schwack of empty CSS selectors
+ Standardized stylesheet naming conventions
+ Lots of text consistency tweakage

0.1.3 - The “About Time This Thing Was Updated Again” Release

+ Added theme options for switching between stylesheets
+ Added ‘Advanced’ and ‘Super Ginormous’ alternate stylesheets
+ Added support for post formats
+ Added missing get_sidebar() function to applicable templates
+ Added fallback for the_title for untitled pages and posts
+ Changed base font stack to sans serif
+ Updated simple_post_class to support a format-type classname, if applicable
+ Replaced static class declarations with post_class function
+ Standardized ‘not found’ messaging
+ Standardized and simplified header text and formatting
+ Simplified ‘older’ and ‘newer’ link text
+ Fixed invalid textarea attributes
+ Removed non-valid, IE-specific CSS selectors
+ Removed get_search_form() function from everywhere except the sidebar
+ Continued HTML5 conversion 

0.1.2 — The “Dustbunnies” Release

+ Added theme information constants
+ Added contextual delimiters to next and previous links
+ Updated sidebar formatting and default ‘meta’ links
+ Tags and categories are now formatted as unordered lists
+ Paging links are now consistent top and bottom of pages
+ Edit links are now consistent
+ Removed superfluous list formatting around search text
+ Removed duplicate search form from 404 page
+ Removed crufty classes from comment lists

0.1.1 — The “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Stylesheet” Release

+ Fixed the ‘headers already sent’ error
+ Reset and base stylesheets are now based on YUI 2.8.2
+ Added artwork for the screenshot and favicon files
+ Updated screenshot.png
+ Updated favicon.ico

0.1.0 — The “Getting Our Feet Wet” Release

+ Initial tinkering
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