[development] why not just phptemplate in core?

Robert Douglass rob at robshouse.net
Mon Jan 2 07:09:10 UTC 2006

Hi Tobias,

I think the Chameleon theme is valuable for people who want to 
understand how "Real Drupal Theming" works. This is an important skill 
for people who want to either make new engines or make non-HTML themes. 
I think there are still a lot of people who choose it over PHPTemplate 
based themes for performance reasons as well (I know Goba does). So it 
seems to have its place in core.



Tobias Maier wrote:
> Hello,
> I have one question.
> Why do we ship a plain PHP theme in core?
> Wouldn't it be good for consistency if all themes would be a phptemplate 
> theme?
> and wouldn't it be easier to maintain a phptemplate theme as a plain PHP 
> theme?
> Is there any reason why chameleon is plain PHP?
> I think it may confuse people that we ship a theme where the code is not 
> similar compared with all other core themes.
> cu Tobi
> btw. I converted the chameleon theme to phptemplate:
> see http://drupal.org/node/41005

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