On March 8, 2004 at 18:46, Roger Wong wrote:
Or better, have a complete template for each page type
vs the separate layout resources.
I whole-heartedly agree with this statement/suggestion! Having separate
resources to deal with--though probably more flexible--is a major pain. I
just went through customizing them all to fit my personal needs, but it took
me 3 days and I think it should've taken me just 1. (Disclaimer: I'm a
graphic designer, not a techie.) I would have loved to be able to just
create 3 HTML pages (date index, thread index, and message index) with
special '$' tags and be done with it. Instead I had to go through probably a
couple dozen resources to get OK results.
The big problems are:
* Compatibility: Any big change like this introduces compatibility
issues. Of course, compatibility could be ignored, which would
cause a "fork" in MHonArc.
* Loop-based constructs: The index pages are the best examples.
Someone mentioned using the Perl Template Tookit, but I have
yet to evaluate it.
Regardless, I consider such changes a major change to MHonArc and
probably an incompatible change to existing releases. If (when)
such changes are made, they should be part of a rewrite.