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This plugin aims to add support for easing the most common things when using the framework - or an application built upon it - as a designer.

Locating templates

An extended View class adds HTML comments to all rendered templates and elements, showing where each individual template file starts and ends. This is useful when cutting up or modifying designs.

The View class will be automatically enabled through a filter in the plugin's config/bootstrap.php file.

Generating placeholder text and images

The Dummy helper generates filler text and placeholder images. Since helpers are automatically and lazy loaded in Lithium you just need to start using it via $this->dummy in your templates.

// Generate random pseudo latin filler text with 400 words.
echo $this->dummy->text(400);

// Text starts with the well kown Lorem ipsum...
echo $this->dummy->text(400, array(
    'lorem' => true

// Using other than the default `.` and `,` punctuation symbols.
echo $this->dummy->text(400, array(
    'symbols' => '.,:;'

// Generate a HTML img tag with a 200x500 placeholder image.
echo $this->dummy->image(200, 500);

// Control foreground and background color.
echo $this->dummy->image(200, 500, array(
    'background' => 'a6a6a6',
    'foreground' => 'bbb999'

// Custom text.
echo $this->dummy->image(200, 500, array(
    'text' => 'Hello world!',


The plugin's master branch runs fine with the most recent stable Lithium release. Topic branches are named according to the Lithium version they require (i.e. 0.7 branch requires 0.7).


In case you downloaded extract it first. You now have to register your plugin as a library within your application in config/bootstrap/libraries.php.

Just add Libraries::add('li3_design'); at the bottom of the file. Should your plugin not be located in one of the library paths (i.e. <app>/libraries) you must also specify a path Libraries::add('li3_design', array('path' => ...));.

Copyright & License

Design Plugin for Lithium is Copyright (c) 2010, Union of RAD if not otherwise stated. The code is distributed under the terms of the BSD License. For the full license text see the LICENSE.txt file.

Contributing and future plans

If you're interested in adding more features to this plugin, we are all ears. Join us in #li3 on freenode and tell us what you think. Below a list of ideas which should serve as an inspiration to you and us ;)

  • Command for extracting all used colors from CSS files and generate a color palette (in HTML format or just output codes as plaintext).
  • Commonly used elements?