Official Theme Options, Please

Noscope | Hey WordPress Team: How About Theme Options, Officially Supported?

sure, theundersigned’s tutorial, and ozh’s themetoolkit are better than a kick in the head. but with custom headers, sidebar widgets, and color pickers being available to theme authors via API, why can’t we have an official options page API? one that sanitizes values, does error checking, all that good stuff that the theme toolkit gets blasted for not doing?

this is the sort of thing i’ve been asking for, and i’m glad i’m not alone.