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Announcing MODX

Post by wGEric » Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:19 pm

Announcing MODX

For the past several months, members of the MOD Team have been collaborating to improve and extend the MOD Template to meet the rising demands of today's new MODs and the MODding community, and in preparation for the impending release of phpBB3. To this end, we're proud to present MODX, the first in a series of initiatives, our next generation of MOD install files.

What is MODX?

MODX is an extended version of the current MOD Template which we have ported to XML. Through XSL transforms, this enables MOD Authors to keep the familiar format of the MOD Template available for their users, while simultaneously adding a level of clarity. The template extensions will also empower MOD Authors with new tools to create and update their MODs.

Why XML?

Since XML is a data storage format, it allows for multiple interpretations. As mentioned before, XSL can be used to retain the familiar MOD Template, but also provide user-friendly HTML formats or even patch files based on your preference. As data, it is language-independent, allowing a smoother MODding experience with localized XSL transforms.

Furthermore, as data, it allows for easier meta-handling of MODs, facilitating community and team projects such as: generating synopsis documents, automated installer tools, syndication, etc.

This will also help keep our community at the forefront of online forum MODding

How do I install a MOD with MODX?

Opening up the MODX file in your favorite (Firefox, Mozilla, Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 6+, Safari) compatible browser will display the MODX file in the MOD Author's XSL visual format of choice. If your browser doesn't support XSL, we plan to add a script to phpBB.com that will translate the XML file into HTML for you.

Also, The MOD Team has been building MODX support right into EasyMOD*. With MODX, EasyMOD will become more powerful, more stable, and less hassle for MOD Authors and their users alike.

How do I write MODs in MODX?

The MOD Team has put together some documentation and tutorials to help ease you into MODX. In addition, we've created some tools to enable you to automatically convert existing MODs over from the old MOD Template.

Will I still be able to use the old Text Template?

Yes, the text template will still be avaliable to use. At this time MOD Authors will still be required to use the Text Template and MODX is optional. We would like authors to use MODX though.

Where can I get more information?

Everything you'll want to know (we hope), including our FAQ, is avaliable in our MODX resource centre.


Here is a MOD that uses MODX.


*Note: The current release of EasyMOD (version 0.3.0) doesn't support MODX. We plan on releasing a version which does support it sometime soon.
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Post by webmacster87 » Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:24 pm

Excellent news! Now to get started with getting my MODs to support MODX. :)

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Post by michi50 » Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:45 pm

Great Idea.


BIG THX

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Post by JetPack » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:20 pm

Sounds like a new idea that will make adding mods even easier.

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Post by christhatsme » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:28 pm

the convertor doesn't really work at all apart from converting the title...

filed bug report.
All MOD downloads should be back now - Sorry for that and serious lack of support! - If anyone wants to take over or help with any of my MODs the offer would be apreciated as I have little time for phpBB Modding recently!

Again very sorry for not supporting these MODs recently.

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Post by Ptirhiik » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:40 pm

wGEric wrote: (../..)We would like authors to use MODX though.
Not a human readable format, so no way.

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Post by webmacster87 » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:53 pm

There is an XSL for a reason...

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Post by ChaosBringer » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:23 pm

Ptirhiik wrote:
wGEric wrote:(../..)We would like authors to use MODX though.
Not a human readable format, so no way.

I would have to agree, if i write mods they will be in .mod format.

01000001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01100010 01100101 01101100 01101111 01101110 01100111 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110101 01110011 00100001

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Re: Announcing MODX

Post by wGEric » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:38 pm

Ptirhiik wrote:
wGEric wrote:(../..)We would like authors to use MODX though.
Not a human readable format, so no way.

I'll get a sample MODX file uploaded to the server so you can see what the XSL looks like. MODX has both a machine and human readable format. We wouldn't be doing this if there wasn't an option for both.

Edit: Here are a couple MODs that I have stumbled upon using the new MODX format
http://www.yawnster.com/random/install.xml
http://www.markthedaemon.co.uk/random/install.xml
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Post by damnian » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:43 pm

With all due respect to Mr. Ptirhiik, XML is much more readable than plaintext.

MODX is definitely good news for phpBB. Too bad it's old news for bulletin board software in general...
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Post by nathan007 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:34 am

Excuse my ignorance, I'm a newbie to running phpbb, but could some please point to the direction of how to install a MODX mod?

I'm sort of confused how this is done. There is lots of information on the development of MODX but not much on how to install a mod that is written in MODX.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Post by webmacster87 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:51 am

There's an install.xml file. Open that file in your web browser and then follow the instructions. The procedure for installing from there is basically the same as installing from the Text Template.

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Post by Greeger » Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:03 am

I submitted a bug report but realized that it might be better to just mention it here. The select text function doesn't work in safari on the mac. It works in Camino and in Firefox but it won't work in safari.

I am using safari 2.0.3 which I believe is the newest version and I have made sure javascript is enabled.

Fountain of Apples- I decided to post here mainly because you sound like a Mac guy. Then again I bet you never touch safari.

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Post by webmacster87 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:07 am

Yes, I use an old Mac, and no, I don't use Safari (anymore), I use Camino. Safari is a bit deficient in certain areas of Javascript so I'm not surprised at the fact that it doesn't work, however I didn't even know there was a select text option (maybe I didn't look close enough). I'll try it and see.

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Post by nathan007 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:08 am

Fountain of Apples wrote: There's an install.xml file. Open that file in your web browser and then follow the instructions. The procedure for installing from there is basically the same as installing from the Text Template.


Okay, now I'm offically confused.

I downloaded this MODX:

http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/catdb.php?mo ... id=2084448

Where is there a file called install.xml?

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