Code-Code Moodle 3.6 Has New a Theme
Moodle Headquarters (HQ) open-source development team explains on the forum the reasons why the ‘Clean‘ and ‘More‘ themes (available by default) will no longer be a part of core-code with the upcoming major Moodle releases and will eventually end all support.
For a long time, these themes were the trademark look of Moodle and they were originally built on Bootstrap version 2, at the time the latest edition of the popular web interface (a field is also known as ‘Front End‘) development framework. Fast-forward to present time, and Bootstrap is in version 4 and fully taken advantage by the ‘Boost‘ Theme, Moodle’s default look for over a year now.
In the next major release, Moodle 3.6, a new ‘Classic‘ theme, in line with ‘Clean‘ but built on Bootstrap 4, will come along with ‘Boost.’ This will make the Testing and Quality Assurance (QA) stage of the release easier. ‘Clean‘ and ‘More‘ will stay available at the Moodle plugin repository. The new theme pledges to offer ‘sufficient support‘ for these themes on Moodle 3.6. (a preliminary version of ‘Classic‘ is already available at GitHub by Moodle HQ)
For Moodle 3.7, ‘More‘ and ‘Clean‘ will not be supported (unless a volunteer third party decides to adopt them and bring them up to current version), nor any theme built on a version of Bootstrap previous to 4. However, Moodle 3.5 is a long-term support release, which will receive security fixes until May 2021, meaning at least here the two old themes will still be supported, albeit minimally.
The announcement ensued a vigorous discussion about how Moodle HQ should handle legacy support, future roadmaps, and other finer details involving frameworks and compatibility. An argument about whether Moodle should look ‘pretty out of the box‘ led to Moodle to contribute a gallery comparing the first impressions of some LMS.
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? See for yourself:
Let us know what you think.