Well... I still think that these tools can help.

For example PHPWebSite (which I use for our Intranet) has a set of 
'themes'. A theme consists of a style sheet (.css), some image files 
(logo's, backgrounds etc.) and a small set of PHP scripts that define 
things like standard header, footers.

If you would like to change the look and feel, you 'just' have to change 
(or add) the theme plugin. Examples are also on the phpwebsite homepage.
You can even allow visitors to select a different theme when they visit 
the website.

Now it depends on how much your designers know about style sheets etc. 
Would you trust them changing a style sheet and some images? If not than 
your project could very well be that you have to write a 'theme editor'. 
A kind of user interface that designers can use to build the theme files.

But anyway 'content mangers'  (phpwebsite / phpnuke) do seperate the 
application from the contents, but also application from design. 
Allthough the later not as far as I suppose you would need for your project.

good luck


p.s. these tools require a database on the webserver as well, so if you 
download phpwebsite or phpnuke,  be prepared to also have a database 
installed on your webserver.

Jean-Christian Imbeault wrote:

> Thanks for the links. Hard to figure out what those things are just 
> from their web pages. They should work on making it easier to figure 
> what the projects are.
> I'll have a look but ...
> Maybe my message was too vague but what I meant is that my designers 
> will come up with the site layout, colours, graphics etc ... I want 
> them to be able to do all their work without thinking about any 
> programming.
> If they want to make a page that lists in a table all the documents we 
> have from 1999-2001, then they can can do this easily without worrying 
> about me.
> And just as importantly I can code the scripts that will generate the 
> table without worrying that maybe in the future the layout will change.
> So I how can I do this? i.e. if the designers want to change the 
> background colour on one page how can they do this without coming to 
> seem?
> Jc

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