[ZWeb] DISCUSS: Simplifying home page

Paul Everitt paul@eurozope.org
Mon, 11 Nov 2002 11:25:44 +0100

Howdy.  Over the years, the structure of the zope.org templates has 
gotten a little baroque.  IMO, in a couple of places we overdose on the 
ability to program everything, generating 100x complexity and 10x 
performance hit to save 3x typing.

Case in point.  I'm about to change the spotlight on the home page.  
Fortunately I know where to look, because it isn't very clear how to 
find the spotlight.

Here's the DTML that generates that little box:

<dtml-with Documentation>
  <dtml-with Articles>
   <dtml-with expr="_.getitem(current)">
    <TD WIDTH="1" BGCOLOR="#6699CC" ROWSPAN="2"><IMG 
SRC="Images/spacer.gif" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" BORDER="0"></TD>
    <TD VALIGN="TOP" CLASS="righttitle"><H2 CLASS="righttitle"><a
    CLASS="righttitle" href="&dtml-absolute_url;"><dtml-var 
     <dtml-if photo_url>
     <dtml-var expr="_.getitem(photo_url).tag(align='right')">

     <b>By <dtml-var Author><br>

     <dtml-var bobobase_modification_time
     fmt="%d %B, %Y"></b><br>
     <dtml-var Description fmt="structured-text"></p>
     <br><a href="&dtml-absolute_url;" class="welcomelink">More...</a>


The with/with/with is, ostensibly, to "automate" the torrential 
downpour of spotlights we process. :^)  I propose to do away with every 
single bit of dynamicism in that block and instead be completely 
literal.  Thus, in the future, when you want to change the spotlight, 
you edit the home page.

Is that ok?