[ANN] HTMLTemplate 1.0.0

Peter Maas peter.maas at mplusr.de
Wed Jun 2 13:58:22 CEST 2004


David Fraser schrieb:
>> Did you find these alternatives unsatisfactory? If somebody wants
>> to use a Python templating framework why should he prefer
>> HTMLTemplate?
[..]
> It looks cool because it doesn't embed Python code in the template.
> Do any of the other frameworks have this approach?

That's your personal taste. If this is what you like about HTMLTemplate
that's fine. I don't bother wether a template language contains Python
code or not. To answer your question:

Hamish's example rewritten in TAL (TAL lines below Hamish's equivalents):

<html>
     <head>
         <title node="con:title">TITLE</title>
###TAL  <title tal:content="here/title">TITLE</title>
     </head>
     <body>
         <ul>
             <li node="rep:item">
###TAL      <li tal:repeat="link here/objectValues">
                 <a href="" node="con:link">LINK</a>
###TAL          <a tal:attributes="href link/name" tal:content="link/title">LINK</a>
             </li>
         </ul>
     </body>
</html>

But I wanted to read Hamish's thoughts. That would be helpful for
programmers because it takes some time to find your way through the
maze of Python template languages.

I prefer Cheetah. Hamish's example in Cheetah:

<html>
     <head>
         <title>$title</title>
     </head>
     <body>
         <ul>
             #for $link in $links
             <li>
                 <a href="$link.href">$link.text</a>
             </li>
             #end for
         </ul>
     </body>
</html>

Advantages:

- No magic
- placeholders occupy the places of their replacements
- logic is visible in the template
   -> you see what's going on
- logic is visible in the rendered html page
   -> you see where the replacements will go
- Cheetah templates everything, not only markup

Mit freundlichen Gruessen,

Peter Maas

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