>> Not that it really matters to this discussion, but I prefer to write
>> my own templates than have to deal with a products 'template'
> May I ask why?
Because--of the small subset of CMSes I've used in the past and or looked at
recently--their template engines tend to trend towards:
- writing messy markup
- producing non-standard markup
- producing bloated markup
- tend to be table-centric for layout
- not allowing for accessibility attributes/formatting
- tend to favor a specific layout (ie, 3-column
tables or '2 frame frameset')
- tend to favor a specific browser (or only a few
- use exessive SPAN and DIV tags for styling (if they
use CSS at all)
- using proprietary navigation scripts (and, when they do
tend to be clumsy fly-out menuing systems)
yes, that's a generalization, but I just find it easier to build the
templates the way I want to build them by hand. I understand when
content-editor-friendly template engines are important, but in our case (and
I assume many other's cases), we want the web developers in charge of the
templates, the content editors in charge of content. Let each do their work
in an environment that works best for them.
please trim your posts.