Templating and XML modelling

Martin Sand Christensen msc at es.aau.dk
Tue Nov 13 15:53:04 CET 2012


At our IT department we've developed a basic templating system for web 
apps in the spirit of Meld3 (which appears to have been abandoned some 
time ago), based on lxml. Here's what we like about it:

* It's just a library, not a template language
* It uses templates that are valid XHTML
* It's trivial to generate tables and forms from database metadata
* It's trivial to fill named elements á la format strings

While we like it, it's more code to maintain. Between the time when we 
started coding this and now, more new templating systems have appeared 
than I can reasonably evaluate. So now the question is whether we can 
find a good replacement or whether we should publish our code and hope 
that more people will adopt and help maintain it.


1) Can you suggest a good alternative that sounds like a good fit?
2) Does our templating system sound like just what you've been looking for?

Martin Sand Christensen
IT Services, Dept. of Electronic Systems

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