[ZDP] BackTalk to Document The Zope Book (2.5 Edition)/Using Zope Page Templates

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    Zope Page Templates help you build web pages for your web
    applications. Templates make it easier for you to use normal HTML
    tools and techniques to build web pages. They also provide
    convenient hooks to allow you to attach them to your
    applications. Page Templates help designers and programmers work
    together to produce web applications.  In Chapter 9, "Advanced
    Page Templates" you will learn about powerful template techniques
    like Python expressions, and macros.

      % Anonymous User - Apr. 27, 2002 11:14 pm:
       I'm sold on the ease of using templates and that scripts should be used instead of complex DTML, but don't
       see where they fit in with normal DTML docs and methods - will templates ultimately replace them? Can they
       work together as in a DTML var plugs in a snippet of template so that TAL tags work with modular assembly of
       DTML pages? Is it vice versa - that templates get embedded with DTML calls. I presume a DTML-var tag is
       ineffective in a template and a TAL tag is ineffective in a DTML document or method - so how do you get the
       best of both?

      % Anonymous User - May 1, 2002 8:56 pm:
       Page templates are good for building HTML pages.  They cannot render non-SGML output.

       DTML is good for building unstructured pages (like SQL methods), and it can render almost anything.

       This is the essential difference between the two. There is overlap, but they are both going to stick around
       in Zope probably forever.
       You can call DTML methods from page templates and vice versa.

      % Anonymous User - May 31, 2002 2:27 am:
       The 'magic' python scripts used need either more careful explanation in this chapter or should be reserved
       for the advanced chapter.

      % Anonymous User - Sep. 22, 2002 7:48 am:
       Rather advanced: is it possible to mix dtml and tal in one doc and cascade processing?