Movable Type to Catch up with WordPress on Sandbox

Movable Type, tonight at midnight Pacific time, plans to release a Sandbox development plugin which separates markup from presentation and style in theme development. The concept is a utopian Mecca for many standard-coherent designers who attempt to structure webpages in a standard structural way and then apply styling to adjust and modify the way the look and feel is conveyed.

It is a valuable Mecca, so don’t let my words be a denigration of the concept.

Movable Type’s Sandbox plugin comes bundled with a handful of themes to get developers and users started. Notably, most of the themes come from the WordPress Sandbox theme competition.

I certainly applaud MTs desire to innovate and push the platform forward, it seems like they are playing catch up. Regardless, playing catch up is better than not doing anything at all.

Good luck to the Movable Type team!

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Aaron Brazell

Aaron Brazell is a Baltimore, MD-based WordPress developer, a co-founder at WP Engine, WordPress core contributor and author. He wrote the book WordPress Bible and has been publishing on the web since 2000. You can follow him on Twitter, on his personal blog and view his photography at The Aperture Filter.

2 thoughts on “Movable Type to Catch up with WordPress on Sandbox”

  1. The most interesting implication a unheard of implicit cross-theme compatibility between Movable Type and WordPress. Very exciting. I hope designers and developers take advantage of this.

  2. Thx for the kudos.Just wanted to note that Movable Type is hardly playing catchup when it comes to the separation of style and content, since the first version of Movable Type there have always been many css themes for the default templates shipped with Movable Type. Six Apart's other products have done the same as well.The many personalized themes available for Vox are purely css applied to the same html markup and TypePad offers the ability to apply css-based themes as well… but additionally offers access to edit templates.Though Sandbox's feature set is slightly different on WordPress and Movable Type, it's pretty cool to be able to develop one theme and allow clients to choose the blogging tool that best suits their needs.

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