[development] Making blocks from some setting in Drupal 7?
winborn at advomatic.com
Thu Feb 21 21:17:40 UTC 2008
Ah, yes, if a page doesn't pull a region, it still generates blocks for
it, unless those blocks think they aren't needed for the page.
I'd like to see us make that a little smarter. Maybe each page request
could have a list of regions it needs built? Not sure how that could
work off the top of my head.
The easiest way would be to have an admin/settings/regions page, similar
to admin/settings/blocks, that allowed you to set a 'Region page
specific visibility'. Another might be to have the menu store the
regions a page needs. Probably half a dozen other approaches that could
be explored as well.
Aaron Winborn wrote:
> I thought blocks were only generated if they needed to be based on its
> "Page specific visibility settings"? In that case, they would just
> need to be defaulted with specific <front> or whatever settings to
> emulate current behavior.
> Earl Miles wrote:
>> Gábor Hojtsy wrote:
>>> What do you think?
>> My one concern here is that because the block system is push, not
>> pull, all blocks in all regions are always generated, regardless of
>> whether the page needs them. That means we run the risk of degrading
>> performance by generating a whole bunch of material that we have no
>> intention of displaying, unless we have some way for the theme to
>> signal which regions it wishes to generate on any given template. And
>> that's a tough thing to do in the current system.
>> This is one of the reasons I like the panels approach, but that's
>> still pretty far from being able to fully emulate the block system.
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