I know version 9 of WP is still sometime away, but I thought I'd make a suggestion or two about it. My first concerns organization.
Two basic setions; Organization/Presentation and Contents.
Organization deals with Content Areas (+1) and what they are used for.
Presentation deals with how the blog looks, as determined by the theme.
Content deals with what the poster adds to his blog.
Each theme regulates how a blog looks, from graphics, to Content Areas
Theme Options include: Which CA will be the header, the footer, main content, or sidebar
The locations of the CA if more than one.
Where plugin areas are if any.
Are there metatags in the header? What are they?
In effect, the base theme is intended to be a framework the blogger's one installation can use to present his own look
But now my time on this machine is up. I look forward to your replies.