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Stumbling over a post in the symfony-users list I wrote down some information on how we manage mobile sites in our ullright platform:

There’s an old blog post about creating an symfony iPhone view:
http://www.symfony-project.org/blog/2008/06/09/how-to-create-an-optimized-version-of-your-website-for-the-iphone-in-symfony-1-1
Most of it is still valid and it works.

But there is one serious drawback: You have to provide a mobile template for each action.
That’s why we created a tiny patch to provide a fallback to normal templates in case there is no special mobile one.

Here are the required parts:

Mobile detection: This belongs into your project configuration:
http://trac.ullright.org/browser/trunk/plugins/ullCorePlugin/config/ullCorePluginConfiguration.class.php

Symfony patch enabling fallback to html templates: (Patches sfView.class.php)
http://trac.ullright.org/browser/trunk/plugins/ullCorePlugin/patch/sfView.patch.txt

Finally provide a mobile template (or not):
Normaly you would put your template in apps/frontend/modules/myModule/templates/myActionSuccess.php
Now you can provide a mobile template by creating the following file: apps/frontend/modules/myModule/templates/myActionSuccess.mobile.php

This also works for layouts, partials and components. Example: apps/frontend/modules/myModule/templates/_head.mobile.php

Here’s the original post: http://groups.google.com/group/symfony-users/browse_thread/thread/9da0a9fe3cf3ff77

Have a nice day!

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