In earlier versions of PageSeeder, perspectives were known as style views. The change was due to the ambiguity of the word 'style' in publishing, however 'style views' persist in parts of the source code. The purpose of perspectives is to show or hide information in the user interface. This allows users to focus on specific aspects of the system and can improve productivity.
Perspectives are mostly free of permission dependencies, which are determined by the role of a member. A notable exception to this is the developer perspective. For security reasons, most of the content of this view is restricted to administrators.
With PageSeeder Version 4.9, there were five default perspectives, this has been collapsed to three for 5.0:
- Perspective – Developer – includes a number of tools and documentation to help PageSeeder developers.
- Perspective – Content – (deprecated in 5.0) the role of this perspective was to provide a minimalist interface for casual users. With the new interface, this is no longer necessary.
- Perspective – Standard – this is the default view for members.
- Perspective – Lab – allows for experimental or beta-functionality for the more adventurous.
- Perspective – Five – (deprecated in 5.0) this allowed people to begin using the new interface, this is now standard.
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