[development] Table hook idea

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Sat Nov 10 07:02:43 UTC 2007

On Friday 09 November 2007, Jeff Eaton wrote:

> I agree that theme_table() is an ugly beast to override. However, I'm
> not sure what the alternative is. "using less of it" means either
> using less tables, or having several million tpl.php files lying
> around core whose only purpose is to wrap strings in <td> tags. All of
> these tpl.php's must be upgraded whenever one wants to change the
> classes or other 'wrapper' data for tables on a sitewide basis. Am I
> misunderstanding what you mean when you say we should move away from it?
> I agree that we're adding flexibility "at the expense of themers."
> However, I think that's a necessary evil in many places. Any
> sufficiently complex structure *requires PHP code to render*, rather
> than simple print() statements. My feeling is that it's a fact of
> life, and the only way to change that is to make the functions in
> question essentially unthemable -- collapsing them to such "dumbed
> down" pre-rendered strings that we've just duplicated the old $node-
>  >body problem again.
> --Jeff

OK, I really have to ask... am I the only one who actually likes 
theme_table()? ;-)

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