The new version of the Open Source Content Management Framework features focused branding, standards compliant templating and versioning.
Recently, the TYPO3 Association launched version 4.0, a new release of the successful open source project, TYPO3.
... to grab hold of
Version 4.0 offers a complete redesign of the backend interface. Not only is TYPO3 sporting a new modern look for its administrative functions, a new "look and feel" is also offered for TYPO3's content editors, making it a corporate identity to grab hold of.
With version 3.8 having eliminated numerous minor errors as well as having optimized the internal operation of TYPO3 down to the last detail, version 4.0 is focused on matters of applicability and function. Besides the compatibility with PHP5 and expansions regarding data integrity, new functions were integrated into TYPO3.
Broad range of functions
With version 4.0, the WYSIWYG Editor, HTMLArea, comes pre-installed as the standard editor in the TYPO3 backend. Along with its list of standard features, this extension makes intuitive entry of content possible across different browsers and operating systems. With version 4.0, features like 'drag and drop' functionality within the page-tree and filelist view as well as 100% true-color support for all image processes have been built into the standard product. Additionally, an integrated database abstraction layer (DBAL) supports the connection to DBMS systems which is often demanded by larger installations. This enables database systems such as Oracle and Postgres to be used by TYPO3 for data storage.
Advancements in versioning, administration and publication
In addition, the new combination of the 'versioning', 'workspaces' and 'workflow' extensions constitute a base for targeted administration and publication of various content, versions and entire TYPO3 page structures, making it easier to control large amounts of content within an organization. With the 'workspaces' extension, editors can now select a variety of objects (pages, content, even entire websites) all at once and edit the bundle without changing any live content.
TemplaVoila, an alternate XML-based templating engine, celebrates its first major release. It is now integrated with the TYPO3 framework and has improvements in localization and translation handling.
Compliant and easy-to-find content
Thanks to several modifications to the CSS Styled Content extension, TYPO3 is now in the position to produce standards compliant XHTML, laying the foundation for accessible (WAI compatible) websites. The Indexed Search extension has been thoroughly revised as well and has increased in both speed and function, making mass indexing of several TYPO3 sites and its content possible. Enhancements include crawler improvements, template support and the indexing of Oasis OpenDocument files.
TYPO3 version 4.0 is available as a free download on http://typo3.org/download/packages/ , with version information at http://typo3.org/development/articles/version-40/.