[development] Forms APIing our theme system
nedjo at islandnet.com
Thu May 4 16:28:27 UTC 2006
Changing the way we handle theme() calls is great, but what about the data
we're passing them? Currently it's a mish-mash of various numbers of
arguments, data types, etc.
Here's another place the Forms API shines. We pass a well defined,
structured data set. Clean separation of content and presentation.
While we're making changes, we could consider a full move to a Forms API
approach for all data passed to theming. Likely doing so would greatly
simplify the theming system.
* 'node', 'block', etc. element types
* generate the whole page as a nested array data structure and then pass
once to theming
(Then if someone wants e.g. to use XSLT to generate a full SVG environment,
easy. Serialize the data array as XML, pass to the XSL, done.)
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