Guido van Rossum wrote:

IMO TALES should solve this for itself by introducing an if/then/else
expression form rather than depending on Python.  If you can have a
"not:.." expression, surely you can have an "if:..:then:..:else:.."

--Guido van Rossum (home page:

Yes, I'd be interested in seeing some kind of expression superset operator in TALES such that you could use some boolean logic in expressions which had subexpressions of different types (ie path expressions vs python expressions). Currently the "punt" is to go out to Python for any logic other than the path expression OR syntax.


tal:define="variable tales: path: path_component | string: foo"

An inline if/else might be C like

tal:define="variable tales: local_var ? path: path_componenta : string: foo"

where "tales:" is simply whatever the meta-expression handler name is.

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