2.6 Release

Tarski 2.6 brings support for new WordPress features, improves the API, and makes the theme far more amenable to customisation via child themes. A detailed list of changes is available in the changelog. Please note that WordPress 2.9 is required for this release.

Download Tarski 2.6

You can also get this version as a Git tag.

We strongly recommend following the upgrade guide. Always back up your files and database before running a WordPress or Tarski upgrade. Please ensure that you upgrade WordPress before installing the new version of Tarski.

Better child themes

Child themes can now support their own custom headers and stylesheets. Simply create your child theme and add your new header images to the headers/ directory in the child theme, rather than in your version of Tarski. The same applies to custom stylesheets. This makes Tarski child themes far more powerful, and allows you to keep all your Tarski customisations in a child theme rather than having to worry about backing up files stored in your Tarski directory as well.

Post thumbnails & image captions

Tarski now supports the post thumbnails added in WordPress 2.9, as well as properly styling the captions added to images in WordPress 2.6.

More customisable navbar

For those of you using the Tarski API to modify the navbar, a couple of enhancements have been added. Firstly, the ‘Home’ and page links are now added to the navbar via the tarski_navbar filter, making it much easier to remove them if need be. Secondly, page and external links added to the navbar now have more meaningful array keys when they are passed to that filter, making them easier to manipulate programmatically.

Now in HTML5

HTML5 is the future of HTML, and using the HTML5 DOCTYPE in Tarski will make it easier to incorporate powerful new features in the future. There was a discussion of where this will lead in the comments on the 2.6 release candidates post.

As usual, there are many more tweaks, bug fixes and new features in Tarski 2.6 than I can go into here. Hope you enjoy the new version.

Please post bug reports, suggestions etc. on the forum.

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  1. Andreas’s avatar

    It’s running smoothly and without hickups, thank you!

  2. Thomas’s avatar

    Very nice. Tarski is perfect.

  3. Brandon’s avatar

    Ben, I can’t say I agree with your wp-caption block styling. The way you’ve got it, the caption text will shift to the left side of the image, when I think clearly you always want it to be centered under the image by default. And the image will display in the top left corner of the caption border, which just looks ugly. I don’t see the reason for a border if it’s going to look broken or misdirected. I changed the code, and I hate changing the core Tarski css code, but I changed it to this:

    body .wp-caption { margin: 4px; padding-top: 4px; text-align: center; border: 1px solid #e5e5e5; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -khtml-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; }
    #wrapper .wp-caption a { margin: 2px; border: none; }
    body .wp-caption .wp-caption-text { margin: 2px; font-size: 0.9em; text-align: center; }

    1. Ben Eastaugh’s avatar

      The border’s there because WordPress forces the container to be 10px larger than the image for some stupid reason.

    2. Friedrich’s avatar

      Hi Ben, I like to install the new release of Tarski on my website but wait for a (German) localisation or an actual .po file.


      1. Andreas Beer’s avatar

        The German localisation for Tarski 2.5 works for the 2.6 release as well.

      2. Friedrich’s avatar

        There is a bug in Tarski 2.6 with browser IE6: Install WordPress 2.9.1, english localization and Tarski 2.6 from this page. Just activate the Tarski theme and use all the other default options of worldpress and Tarski. Then create this post:

        Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua.

        At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, etc …

        with the picture in uploads/images. If you now look into the frontend with IE6 and you move the cursor over the more tag the rest of the side moves up and it overlays a part of the left floated picture. With 2.5 which I have installed here: http://www.friedrich-glasenapp.de/ Taski was ok. In Opera this bug doesn’t appear.

        For me this bug is not easy to track and maybe some developer can have a look.

        Thank you very much !


        1. Ben Eastaugh’s avatar

          Thanks Friedrich, I’ll have a look at that when I have some time. Given Brandon’s complaint above, perhaps the whole thing needs some review.

          1. Friedrich Glasenapp’s avatar

            Hi Ben,

            I use your very nice wp theme in my web site and like to have the latest release 2.6 in place (act. I use 2.5). Unfortunately there is this above mentioned bug in 2.6 in IE6. You said in the a.m. mail that you think to review rel. 2.6. Are you working on a fix ?

            Have a nice day !


            1. Ben Eastaugh’s avatar

              I haven’t been able to look at it yet, but hopefully I can find some time later this week to do it.

              1. Friedrich Glasenapp’s avatar

                Thank you very much !


              2. Ryan’s avatar

                It would be nice to have the custom header as a background with the name of the title of the blog over top… does anyone know how to do this?

                1. Ben Eastaugh’s avatar

                  There are two ways you can do this. Firstly, put the title in the image and disable the title via the Tarski options page (this is what I do). Secondly, use a custom style to position the title over the header image (this is straightforward, assuming you have a modicum of CSS knowledge).

                2. kenge labe’s avatar

                  Love the theme, and the best thing is that is free, fresh, clean and modern… :) thanks guys…

                3. Trevor Huxham’s avatar

                  This is, literally, *exactly* the theme I have been looking for: minimalist, white background, editable header image, Times New Roman accents with Verdana body font, and nothing else. I don’t know how I bypassed this theme in WP’s free directory, but I’m glad I found it. Thanks!

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