The Erudite 2.7.4 Released

The Eru­dite 2.7.4 has been released. I made some typog­ra­phy tweaks, cleaned up some code, and added 4(!) new trans­la­tions: Brazil­ian Por­tuguese, Ital­ian, Ger­man and Russ­ian. As always, the theme is avail­able on the project page while the gears grind slowly over at the WP Repo.


  1. Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Yay, thanks for your efforts!

  2. Posted August 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I will try it out.

  3. Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve just applied the theme to my blog. I love the sim­plic­ity of it all. I note that the typo base in the CSS:

    body {font: nor­mal nor­mal nor­mal 10px/1.5 constantia,‘hoefler text’,‘palatino linotype’,serif; background:#fafafa; color:#333; }

    looks GREAT on my mac in what­ever browser, but sucks on WinXP in Chrome (i.e. ren­ders it OK). Man — I hate win­dows, but some read­ers said it looks hor­ri­ble on windows.

  4. Matt
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    @Lantrix I’m guess­ing that user has Office 2007 installed (get­ting them Con­stan­tia) but hasn’t turned on ClearType. Basi­cally, an edge case. If it mat­ters to you, you can always adjust the font stack, or use font smooth­ing detec­tion to serve an alter­nate font stack, if you’re code inclined.

  5. Posted August 28, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Awe­some. I’ll have a look at the Javascript. Thanks!

  6. Todd
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m a print designer, and I love all the typo­graphic atten­tion you’ve given this theme. But the use of jus­ti­fied body type pro­duces very wide and uneven spac­ing, espe­cially in the three col­umn for­mat below the fold. Have you con­sid­ered set­ting it to flush left? I’m a big fan of Eric Gill’s human­is­tic sans Gill Sans, and just dis­cov­ered the del­i­cate wedge-serifed Con­stan­tia, which a Google search tells me comes with Win­dows XP. (I’m a Mac user.) I’m good with the sec­ond font in the stack, Hoef­fler Text, which is installed on my Mac. Any idea how many users are out there with­out one of those two fonts? I’d not be pleased to have many users end up read­ing the site in Times.

  7. Matt
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    @Todd Agreed re: uneven spac­ing in the 3-column for­mat with jus­ti­fied type. This is why in 2.7.4 I only turn on jus­ti­fied type if the wp-Typography is active. 2.7.4 wasn’t approved for the themes direc­tory, so you’ll have to down­load it here if you want that feature.

    As for Con­stan­tia, it comes bun­dled with Win­dows Vista & up, MS Office 2007 (for Win­dows) and MS Office 2008 (for Mac) and up. It doesn’t actu­ally come with Win XP, but Office is per­va­sive enough that it has a pretty widely installed base. Hoe­fler Text comes pre-installed on Mac OS, so every­one with a Mac won’t go any fur­ther down the stack. Finally, the next font in the stack is Palat­into Lino­type, which comes pre-installed on WinXP for users of that OS who don’t have Office 2007 + installed. So, in short, any­one on Mac or Win­dows will not see a generic serif. An invalu­able resource in this regard is Richard Rutter’s slightly out­dated Font Matrix.

  8. Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    It looks much nicer in Chrome with Cleartype enabled under XP, but it doesn’t really mat­ter to me :-)

  9. Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Yes. Thank you. It’s appreciated.

  10. Posted October 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I love the clean design. To be hon­est, exactly this design has inspired me for my own blog lay­out ( You see the affinity? :)

    Greet­ings from Ger­many,

  11. Posted November 1, 2010 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Just wanted to thank you for your gor­geous Word­Press Theme! I spent a lot of time look­ing for a clean, crisp theme that had sub­tle details and wasn’t just bor­ing black text on white. One ques­tion: is it pos­si­ble to turn off the dynamic show/hide func­tion for footer, but not the header?

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  12. Matt
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    @Bethann Sorry, but it’s both or nei­ther at this point. Glad you’re enjoy­ing the theme.

  13. Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the Theme. I’ve made some tweaks of my own but just updated the Theme and i’ve lost some func­tion­al­ity (OS is XP with Chrome browser).

    I admit to being a fan of plugin’s and i’ve added a few to the site. One of which is Share and Fol­low. This use to show up but since the update no longer appears uner the Epi­graph and at the end of the post (at the end of the post there are mar­ginal images of where the icons nor­mally appear).

    Has the update bro­ken the attrib­utes of the plu­gin? What’s going on here?


  14. Matt
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    @Runako I can’t really speak to plu­gin com­pat­i­bil­ity, sorry.