[ZPT] Confused about Zope

Jean-Michel Hiver jhiver@mkdoc.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:09:57 +0000

> I dunno how pretty that'll be .. ZPT fits the templating of
> XML-shaped stuff beautifully (hierarchical <tag>-delimited
> element tree, attributes, ..). Using it to generate SQL or
> robot emails or other arbitrary text feels pretty kludgy to
> me, while DTML fits that bill.

Yeah but to turn XML into text / pdf / whatever there's XSLT, or at
worse a module that does the XML parsing + text generation. So basically
if you produce standard XML then you can pipeline it into existing XML
transformation tools, and that in itself can save you a lot of work.

I think that with the event of XML the days of BASIC looking-like
templating systems are numbered, so you might want to avoid using them.
Still, it is nice to have a system that is backwards-compatible :)

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