More info on MovableType 3.0 starting to flow.

Looks like the folks at Six Apart are read to start dishing the dirt on just what, exactly, the next big version of MovableType will have in store. Here’s the tidbit from today’s update:

Testing Begins & More Info about 3.0

The official 3.0 release will contain a significant change to the existing interface that embraces web standards, usability and localization. This will also be reflected in a new set of default templates that will implement more of the best practices that both Movable Type and TypePad have become known for.

With a suite of comment management features and versatile comment registration—utilizing a centralized authentication service we’re calling TypeKey—Movable Type 3.0 will give you more control than ever before over the public face of your website. We’ve spent a lot of time planning a comment registration system that will fit the needs of different types of webloggers, and we have focused our attention on a system that will encourage registration and open communication.

In addition to providing authentication for comment registration, TypeKey’s open nature will enable developers to build applications upon the infrastructure, utilizing its authentication hooks. Since TypeKey and comment registration are such a significant addition to Movable Type 3.0, we’ll be going into more detail about these features later this week.

In addition, our support for the Atom API and syndication feeds will allow Movable Type users to utilize the richer content model offered by the new format, including the use of clients that communicate through the API.

Oooo! It’s enough to make a geek positively giddy! The announcement goes on to state that more testers are being added over time and to stay tuned to the news page for more info on what MT 3.0 will bring with it.

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