[development] Drupal 5 Themer Pack
drumm at delocalizedham.com
Mon Jan 22 22:52:46 UTC 2007
Dries Buytaert wrote:
> Improving the theme functionality in Drupal 6 is going to draw a lot
> more designers to Drupal than a (temporary) themer pack, IMO. Plus, it
> avoids duplication of work and causes fewer upgrade pains. Hence, I
> plan to be working on separating out theme functions into .tpl.php files
> for Drupal 6. People that are willing to help, including you and/or
> Ber, are more than welcome to.
I've done a bit of thinking about this. The first step I see is moving
the variable setting from PHPTemplate to the core theme system. The key
thing to realize here is that what is called from a module is not what a
themeable function or template wants to receive. Node module likes
calling theme('node') with a small number of arguments, but node.tpl.php
has a much larger set of variables.
The way I see this being implemented is adding a preprocessor step to
theme(). If theme_foo_preprocess() exists, then that would be called
with the original arguments and returns a larger set of, probably named,
arguments. That function would be called in a themeable manner, so
my_theme_foo_preprocess() could replace that argument preparation.
This would move a large chunk of code out of PHPTemplate into the core
theme system where it belongs.
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