[whatwg] template element?

Wrigley, Ave Ave.Wrigley at itn.co.uk
Thu Jul 29 02:02:15 PDT 2004

I agree - I have had the same reservations. How constrained do people
feel about fitting the templating model into HTML syntax? Clearly, there
are a number of well developed server side templating minilanguages that
(deliberately) use a syntax that is orthogonal to the HMTL markup.
Without opening too much of a can of worms ... are there any lessons to
be learned / wheels left un-re-invented?


ps. my person preference at the moment is the perl Template Toolkit, but
lets not make this a religious thing ;-)

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: whatwg-whatwg.org-bounces at lists.whatwg.org 
> [mailto:whatwg-whatwg.org-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf 
> Of fantasai
> Sent: 28 July 2004 21:59
> To: WHAT WG List
> Subject: [whatwg] template element?
> The current repetition model adds four global attributes to 
> every element:
>    repeat
>    repeat-start
>    repeat-min
>    repeat-max
> If the repetition model continues to develop over the next 
> few years, that list will increase (e.g. by adding a way to 
> group several templates to use the same template index), and 
> it's already unweildy. Imagine repeating a form control. You 
> might have to put attributes for name, type, value, required, 
> pattern, min, max, step, id, inputmode, onchange... as well 
> as repeat, repeat-start, repeat-min, repeat-max, and any 
> others. Would it perhaps make more sense to create a 
> <template> element?
> <template repeat-min="1" repeat-max="20" repeat-start="5">
>    <element/>
> </template>
> would be equivalent to
> <element repeat="template" repeat-min="1" repeat-max="20" 
> repeat-start="5"/>
> and the repeat attribute will continue to be global. (It will 
> no longer be overloaded with the "template" value.)
> ~fantasai
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