On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Steve Staples <sstap...@mnsi.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-09-20 at 14:56 -0400, Andy McKenzie wrote:
>> Hey folks,
>>   I have the feeling this is a stupid question, but I can't even find
>> anything about it.  Maybe I'm just not searching for the right things.
>>   Here's the problem.  I'm writing a lot of pages, and I hate going in
>> and out of PHP.  At the same time, I want my HTML to be legible.  When
>> you look at it, that's kind of a problem, though... for instance
>> (assume this had some PHP in the middle, and there was actually a
>> reason not to just put this in HTML in the first place):
>> Simple PHP:
>> <?php
>> echo '<html>';
>> echo '<head>';
>> echo '  <title>Page Title</title>';
>> echo '</head>';
>> echo '<body>';
>> echo '<p>This is the page body</p>';
>> echo '</body>';
>> echo '</html>';
>> ?>
>> Output page source:
>> <html><head>  <title>Page Title</title></head><body><p>This is the
>> page body</p></body></html>
>> Now, I can go through and add a newline to the end of each line (echo
>> '<html>' . "\n"; and so on), but it adds a lot of typing.  Is there a
>> way to make this happen automatically?  I thought about just building
>> a simple function, but I run into problem with quotes -- either I
>> can't use single quotes, or I can't use double quotes.  Historically,
>> I've dealt with the issue by just having ugly output code, but I'd
>> like to stop doing that.  How do other people deal with this?
>> Thanks,
>>   Alex
> Have you thought about SMARTY templates?
> easy to use, it's just a class, and you write your html in template
> files, which are easier to read than in your php files.
> Just a thought... i personally LOVE smarty template.
> Steve

I've never used it, but I may take a closer look.  Overall I tend to
find templates and pre-built frameworks frustrating, but it may be
time to break down and learn to use them.


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