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Writing a Template System in PHP
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    Table of Contents:
  • Writing a Template System in PHP
  • The Implementation
  • The Template File
  • The Class Skeleton
  • Constructor and Output
  • Replacing Tags
  • Including Dynamic Files
  • The Final Code
  • Tricks



    Writing a Template System in PHP - Tricks

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    One example of just how powerful the class can be and just how easy it can make development is using it to highlight a menu's link to the active page.

    Place a style declaration similar to the following within the template's head section:

    <style type="text/css">
      #{activemenu} {color: red; font-weight: bold;}

    The menu file would contain similar id attributes within its markup:

    <a href="link1.php" id="menuItem1">link 1</a>
    <a href="link2.php" id="menuItem2">link 2</a>
    <a href="link3.php" id="menuItem3">link 3</a>
    <a href="link4.php" id="menuItem4">link 4</a>

    The active link would then be highlighted by passing the appropriate id value to replace the activemenu tag found in the template file:

    "menu" =&gt"dat/menu.dat",
    "activemenu" =&gt"menuItem3"

    The templating class may be only 35 lines of code or so, but has limitless, untapped potential.

    About the Author

    Timothy Boronczyk lives in Syracuse, NY, where he works as an E-Services Coordinator for a local credit union. He has a background in elementary education, over 5 years experience in web design and has written tutorials on web design, PHP, Ruby, XML and various other topics. His hobbies include photography and composing music.

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