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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:59 pm    Post subject: Template nesting Reply with quote


I'm not sure how to call this so I hope "Template nesting" describes my problem sufficiently.

I am trying to develop a website/forum system in which I am using Smarty. I used Smarty 2 for a long time, but now I've decided to try Smarty 3, just to see how it works and if it would require much different coding.

Currently, I model all kinds of objects that are on the website (menus, forums, threads, posts, banners, footers etc.) as 'Template objects', each having their own tpl template file in which the html and tags are put that shape that specific object.

I then use 'container tags' in the templates that mark positions where Template Objects (and thus the parsed template code) should be included.


<div class="menu">
//menu html and tags in here...

<div class="left">

And then in PHP I do this:

// [ Smarty setup here ... ]
$main = new Main();
$menu = new Menu();
$main->addChildTemplate("left", $menu);

I use a prefilter to change the {^left} container tag into code that is similar to what the {include} tag produces, but slightly changed so that it includes the template(s) belonging to whatever objects are assigned to the node when calling addChildTemplate().

<div class="left">
<div class="menu">
//menu html and tags in here...

So basically what I want is a way to mark spots (the 'container tags') inside template files where sub- or childtemplates can be included, similarly to the include tag, but of course variable so that the PHP code actually decides which template gets included rather than a fixed parameter value like the include tag has.

1) It has to allow multiple templates in one node.
2) Each node's attached templates should be different per instance of template, so if I create two menu objects in the example above, and attach one to the left node of the other, it shouldn't go into an infinite loop.

My question is, what is the best way to code this, using Smarty 3?
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