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From Thorsten Scherler <>
Subject Re: forrest:hooks configurations examples (was [Views] <div id="titi"/> strange behaviour)
Date Wed, 27 Jul 2005 08:41:07 GMT
On Wed, 2005-07-27 at 08:18 +0200, Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
> Thorsten Scherler wrote:
> ...
> > <forrest:hook name="testIdDiv"/>
> > *or*
> > <forrest:hook name="testIdDiv" type="div"/>
> > will be transformed into 
> > <div name="testIdDiv" />
> Then why not simply use
>  <div name="testIdDiv" />
> > The same is true for @class attribute for forrest:hooks.
> > <forrest:hook class="testClassDiv"/>
> > *or*
> > <forrest:hook class="testClassDiv" type="div"/>
> > will be transformed into 
> > <div class="testClassDiv" />
> Then why not simply use:
>   <div class="testClassDiv" />
> > Another feature is that you can as well output span elements for
> > forrest:hooks instead of div elements.
> > <forrest:hook name="testId" type="span"/>
> > will be transformed into 
> > <span id="testId" />
> Then why not simply use
>   <span id="testId" />
> ...
> > Here is a small summary example:
> > <forrest:hook class="testClass" type="span" nbsp="true"/>
> > <forrest:hook name="testId" type="span"/>
> > <forrest:hook class="testClassDiv" />
> > <forrest:hook name="testIdDiv" type="div" nbsp="true"/>
> > 
> > will be transformed to:
> > 
> > <span class="testClass"> </span>
> > <span id="testId" />
> > <div class="testClassDiv" />
> > <div id="testIdDiv"> </div>
> Again, why cannot we use the second version instead of creating another
> new language?

The downside of your suggestion is that it is limited to html. By using
<div/> and <span/> we seems to limit the use of "forrest:hooks" to html
but like I mentioned in other threads the idea of forrest:views is to
have a configuration file not only for html but as well for other

Which is the biggest different to e.g. tiles and velocity. If we only
want to support html for forrest:views then IMO we are better off using
on of them *instead* of forrest:views. 

I looked a little bit more into velocity and making experiments to use
them *within* a forrest:view configuration (*.fv). Actually that would
leverage the logic part of forrest:views but still using the new concept
in combination with special velocity templates (not outputting html
directly but the forrest:view dsl). 

Now to some arguments for not using <span/>,.... 
Lets say I want to implement a "fo" forrest:view. If we use <div/> and
<span/> we limit the usecase of forrest:hooks to this "graphical helper
container" of html which do not exist in fo. A div would probably be
e.g. a <fo:block/>.

Now using <forrest:hook type="block"/> is easier extensible for new
upcoming formats that are based on forrest:views. The other thing is
that a hook in e.g. inx can as well structure the document into multiple
pages. This hooks do not got transformed into an element but rather used
for structuring purposes only.

The last example would be something like <forrest:hook type="table"/>.
If we use <table/> instead that will not work for fo the same way like
in html both format will need another structure for "table". When hiding
the implementation behind the "forrest:hook" interface we can use
<forrest:hook type="table"/> for html and fo the same way and the format
implementation will take of the different processing.

A forrest:hook is an abstract layer for *any* "graphical helper
container" (not only html), like an "interface". Each format can
implement special matcher and transformer which decide how and whether
forrest:hooks get transformed in the final output format.



"Together we stand, divided we fall!" 
Hey you (Pink Floyd)

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