LifeType and Smarty
Posted on 2008-01-04 (Updated on 2019-01-22)
I've been messing around with the options in LifeType, and I have to say I'm pretty impressed. The options that LifeType offers seem to suit me pretty well, although there are some behaviors that irk me a little. I believe that I'll chalk them up to my inexperience for now, and hope for the best.
There is one part of polish I'm procrastinating, and that's the layout. The default isn't all that bad, but it's not all that good either. Technically it's gangbusters - XHTML compliant right out of the box! The only validation error is the result of a single missing tag: a
, and it's missing from one of the posts I carried over. If only more of the internet's HTML was this beautiful... but the layout itself leaves something to be desired.
I looked around, and found that LifeType uses the Smarty templating engine. I've heard a great deal about this product, so I looked around the internet for a quick introductory tour. After some light reading, I dove into the source of the template for the default layout and started hacking it apart.
I haven't gotten very far, but on first impression, the Smarty templates seem to let you put in some basic functionality without going all out with full-blown PHP code. Not bad, not bad. We'll see how it works once I'm finished mangling it - keep an eye out for updates!