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[blog] Site improvements: Part 1
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Since the launch of the new site last year, several improvements have been made to the site. Some of you may have noticed that the site is looking a bit different since yesterday.

The site now contains several navigation panels to look up old news.
Another (maybe) less noticeable improvement has been made to the page caching engine. Over the past year, PCSX2.net has been using a custom written cache engine. Whilst this had been functioning well enough for sometime now, it still had a few nasty bugs which where hard to trace, leading to glitches such as Page 1 of 0.

Also due to a demand for a cleaner (and easier to maintain) code, we have been looking into several template engines. Thus the engine used to cache pages has be switched.

For the current version of the portal, we're using the Smarty template engine. More information on how smarty works will follow in a later blog article.

The pcsx2.net community is pretty large (including Windows and Linux users) it's no surprise that users are using different kinds of browsers. To be compatible with most recent browsers, most pages are XHTML 1.1 compatible (the compat page is the only exception at the moment), because of this standard, PCSX2.net should be viewable in Firefox 1.5.x, IE6, IE7 beta, Opera 8.x and Opera 9.x.

An interesting result of this high browser compatibility, is that PCSX2.net can be browsed on SONY's PSP unit! To give you an impression on how this looks, here are a few shots:
[News page] and [Screenshots page]
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[Compat page - using the search!] and [Contact page]
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The upcoming weeks a new function will be added to the compat page. To give you a small hint:

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