November 29, 2003

October 13, 2003

Documented the fact that evars used to reference folders in any way must be quoted, and updated the theme checklist to mention the same.

October 12, 2003

Updated the information on using old OTS1-compliant LiteStep themes to take into account the backwards compatibility support provided in the latest release of the LiteStep Installer.

October 6, 2003

Revised the procedure for loading modules to take advantage of some magic RabidCow added to a recent release of NetLoadModule. Now users will never have to specify which module is supposed to be installed. We owe a collective debt to RabidCow for his work on this remarkable module. :)

Oh, the theme installation process is now even simpler, and has been updated to reflect this. :)

October 4, 2003

Added information for users who wish to use their old OTS1-compliant LiteStep themes with the latest release of the LiteStep Installer, as suggested by ilmcuts.

Also added a description of the process that theme authors should use when loading modules for use with LSBox in response to questions asked of the beleaguered ilmcuts in IRC. ;)

October 1, 2003

Final version of OTS 2.0 specification now online.

The LiteStep Installer has been updated with support for OTS 2.0 and is now available at

August 22, 2003

Kevin Brew (aka cypress) over at has graciously offered to host the OTS forum. Thanks cypress! :)

August 21, 2003

The OTS v2.0 and the accompanying website finally see the light of day. A LiteStep Installer supporting OTS 2.0 should be available shortly.

July 20, 2003

It's been quite a while since the Open Theme Standard for LiteStep was first released. It's been very successful, thanks to the support of themers, coders, site admins, and users.

A lot has happened over the last year or so, a lot has changed. LiteStep has become even more powerful and flexible, thanks in large part to the efforts of the IndieStep development team, module authors, and of course, the enigmatic LiteStep development team.

The OTS, like any standard, is subject to change. OTS v1.0 was developed by a dedicated team in private (this is not to say it was developed from scratch: it was a formal restatement of established procedures for the most part, which is probably part of the reason it was generally well received), and then released publicly. While public feedback and ideas for improvements to the standard have always been welcomed, some people felt the development itself should have occurred with public knowledge.

In any case, since the OTS belongs to the community, it is only fitting that the community be aware of what's going on, and participate. So if you have ideas on the OTS, where it should be headed, what you feel it needs to improve upon, then head over to the forum and help develop the best possible format for LiteStep themes.