It's a lost cause. I went through this whole thing over a year ago and
I've still got burn marks to show for it.

On Sun, 01 Apr 2001, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
> Not so simple because XSLT is far than complex for lot of applications and
> especially when you are trying to provide content edit capabilities for
> non-techies. This is huge nische. 
> It most effective at ZendEngine level but actually task is two-tiered. Let me 
> 1. Templating require additional syntax which is better handled by ZendEngine
> 2. Syntax provides access to collection of template elements and manipulation
>    of them. It's up to template provider to collect template elements from
>    some source(s) before actual template building. This is better handled by
>    extensions. 
> This separation also allows to make complex transitions like 
> 'document with template markup' -> XML-based source + XSLT -> output
> In this case second step is done by Template Provider which provides
> template elements + hooks to translate them to XML + output callbacks.
> Zend Engine dispatches these calls via easy user-oriented syntax.
> For example, in Midgard we have two kinds of template calls:
> <[template element]> -- just insert content of template element here and evaluate it 
>as PHP code.
>                       It looks like hidden functional call to include() but the 
>                       is that 'template element' actually can come from completely
>                       different place than file system (in Midgard it comes from 
>                       or FileTemplates).
> &(variable:formatter); -- pass $variable throught existing formatter and insert
>                       output into output stream. Different formatters allow
>                       to convert plain text to HTML with different levels of
>                       formatting, execute PHP code, execute user-defined formatter
>                       against $variable. Variable could be any PHP structure
>                       (scalar, object, array, etc)
> These are very simple constucts, but they are greatly reduce build-up for 
> interfaces.

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