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Listing Screens

Listing screens are very common in Movable Type. A listing screen contains a table with pagination controls, list actions, page actions in the sidebar, and a display options fly out. Some may even go so far as to say that listing screens are one of the most important screens you will build for a plugin, especially if your plugin defines new data types and objects that users are allowed to manage and interact with.

Listing screens, can also be one of the more complex screens you will assemble and build in Movable Type - and mastering all of the components of one of these screens demonstrates an expert-level of understanding of Movable Type and its various components and user interface controls.

As seemingly complex as these screens may appear, building them is still relatively simple in the grand scheme of things because Movable Type is modular enough and abstract enough to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. You will however, need to be more than just a little familiar with Movable Type’s templating language and with Perl.