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A quick concept of a pythonic templating language based on Zen Coding, with inspiration from HAML and SASS.
#### Template (proposed, unnamed language)
doctype(5)
html>head
style('my_stylesheet.css')
script('my_script.js')
title= {{ title }}
body>div.container
navbar(main_menu_links)
def navbar(links):
div.navbar>ul>li.navbar-link*?>iterlinks(main_menu_links)
#### Output (HTML)
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<link rel='stylesheet' href='my_stylesheet.css' />
<script src='my_script.js'></script>
<title>My Page Title</title>
</head>
<body>
<div class='container'>
<div class='navbar'>
<ul>
<li class='navbar-link'>
<a href='/'>Home</a>
</li>
<li class='navbar-link'>
<a href='/about'>About</a>
</li>
<li class='navbar-link'>
<a href='/faq'>FAQ</a>
</li>
</ul>
</div>
</div>
</body>
</html>
#### Context (Python)
title = 'My Page Title'
main_menu_links = (
('/', 'home'),
('/about', 'about')
('/faq', 'faq')
)
Owner

lyndsysimon commented Aug 9, 2013

The first idea here that I believe is unique is that I'd like to be able to switch between nesting HTML via indentation level (a'la HAML and JADE) and Zen Coding's syntax. The following snippets:

a>b>c>d
    "foo"

and

a>b
    c>d
        "foo"

would produce the same output:

<a>
    <b>
        <c>
            <d>"foo"</d>
        </c>
    </b>
</a>

The second is that I'd like to be able to leverage Zen Coding's syntax in conjunction with Python's iterators. While Zen allowed you to create multiple elements by specifying a multiplier (e.g., ul>li*5 would get you 5 li elements under a ul), generators don't know their own length.

div.navbar>ul>li.navbar-link*?>iterlinks(main_menu_links)

The iterlinks() method in the above would accept a generator or 2-tuples and iterate over them until they it was exhausted. The ? character signifies that the element in the chain is to be iterated without specifying the number of iterations as Zen Coding would require.

Owner

lyndsysimon commented Aug 9, 2013

Just in case this goes somewhere, a nod to Stickyworld for their blog post The war on curly braces and angle brackets, which I found on Reddit's /r/python/ and inspired me to consider what I want in a templating language.

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