Templating advice

Stephen stephen-d-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Mon Dec 22 16:00:24 UTC 2008

Madison Kelly wrote:
>   I've been looking to update my HTML templating system to make it 
> more flexible. I'd like to have a templating system that would let a 
> skin redefine where various elements show up on the screen for any 
> given page.
>   Thus far, my system calls a file, reads a named section, substitutes 
> in variables and returns the finished HTML data as a string variable 
> that I print when I am ready. I was thinking about having a "layout" 
> template definition that tells the program where and in what order to 
> display the components.
>   My question is how to go about doing this (from a high level view, 
> not from a program language level).
>   I want the page to still layout sanely should CSS/JS be disabled, so 
> I want the foundation of the templating system to use basic HTML, if 
> possible.

How can the user disable CSS?

Your layout *should be* defined by CSS.

You need to deal with users who use IE of course. But even Microsoft 
catches up with version 8.

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