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Mastering TypoScript: TYPO3 Website, Template, and Extension Development

Daniel Koch

A complete guide to understanding and using TypoScript, TYPO3's powerful configuration language.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781904811978
Paperback400 pages

About This Book

  • Powerful control and customization using TypoScript
  • Covers templates, extensions, admin, interface, menus, and database control
  • You don't need to be an experienced PHP developer to use the power of TypoScript

Who This Book Is For

This book is suitable for TYPO3 developers, administrators, and designers who want to develop fully featured TYPO3 websites using the power of TypoScript. A basic knowledge of TYPO3 is expected, and PHP and MySQL programming experience is useful, though not essential for using this book. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to TypoScript
Declarative Programming with TypoScript
The Power of TypoScript
What is TypoScript?
Back-end Configuration with TypoScript
TypoScript and PHP
TypoScript Templates
Chapter 2: Getting to Know TypoScript
Hello World!
Objects and Properties
Working with TSref
Chapter 3: Tools and Editors
Choosing an Editor
The Info/Modify Tool
The Object Browser
The Template Analyzer
The TypoScript Properties Display
The Admin Panel
The Constant Editor
TypoScript in HomeSite
Customizing the Rich-Text Editor (RTE)
Chapter 4: Design Templates
Design Templates versus Templates
Principles of Design Templates
Double Headings
Chapter 5: Templates
The Concept of Templates
Template Elements
Objects and Properties of Websites
Integrating Design Templates
The Auto Parser Template
Standard Templates
Pure TypoScript Templates
Chapter 6: Working with Graphics
Embedding Graphics
Modifying Graphics
Creating Graphics Dynamically
Advanced Options
Chapter 7: Menus
Available Menu Types
Hello Menu!
Specifying Menu Properties
Text Menus
JavaScript Menus
Graphical Menus
Layer Menus
Special Menus
Chapter 8: Frames
Hello Frames!
Advantages and Disadvantages of Frames
Creating Frames
Chapter 9: Forms
Building Forms
Designing Fields
Setting up a Password-Protected Area
Standard Search
Integrating the Extended Search
Uploading Files
Chapter 10: TypoScript and SQL
The Database Structure
Reading Database Contents Dynamically
Manipulating SQL Statements
SQL Queries
Chapter 11: Extensions
Building Extensions
Extension Categories
The Extension Manager
Useful Extensions
Developing Your Own Extensions
Practical Extension Development
Extending the References Extension
Chapter 12: Barrier Freedom
Resources in TYPO3
Creating Barrier-Free TYPO3 Content Elements
Chapter 13: Fine Tuning
TypoScript and Multilingualism
Publishing Multiple Versions
Deactivating "Page is being generated"
TYPO3 and Search Engines
Chapter 14: Customizing the Back End with TSConfig
Page TSConfig
User TSConfig

What You Will Learn

  • Design and develop templates in TYPO3—design templates, pure TypoScript templates, and TemplaVoila
  • Develop extensions in TYPO3; build extensions using Kickstarter
  • Understand the objects, properties, operators, and data types in TypoScript
  • Use and customize different text editors like HTMLAreaRTE and Rich-Text-Editor
  • Understand the entire TYPO3 back end, including the Info/Modify tool, the Object browser, the Template Analyzer, and the TypoScript Properties display
  • Edit the front end using the Admin panel
  • Work with design templates using markers, subparts, and HTML comments
  • Understand how to present different views of content with different menu entry types
  • Understand TYPO3 database structure and query it using SQL
  • Use user groups to distribute the editing and management of content on your site
  • Customize the back end with Page TSConfig and User TSConfig

In Detail

Free, open-source, flexible, and scalable, TYPO3 is one of the most powerful PHP content management systems. It is well suited for creating intranets and extranets for the enterprise. While providing an easy-to-use web interface for non-technical authors and editors of content, its messaging and workflow system enable shared authoring and collaboration. TYPO3 provides flexible and powerful interfaces for both content editors and administrators, giving them full control of the core aspects the system. However for developers who need to customize the system, TYPO3 offers a powerful configuration language called TypoScript. Good knowledge of TypoScript is really a prerequisite for implementing complex applications with TYPO3 and gives developers full control over the configuration of TYPO3 and its template engine. TypoScript enables the complete output template to be created and manipulated, giving you full control over the layout of the site.

TypoScript also allows you to integrate dynamic contents, JavaScript-based menus, Flash, Graphics, etc. with ease. You have maximum control over the design of the website and can control all options that would otherwise be addressed by HTML—simple text output, formatting, and much more. TypoScript also allows you to generate graphics at run time and display different content dynamically.


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