On Thursday 06 April 2006 00:52, Locke Cole wrote:
On 4/5/06, Conrad Dunkerson
While people complain about the complexity which
templates have taken
on it is worth noting that there is a direct correlation between
increasing template complexity/functionality and decreasing article
complexity. Tables no longer have to be convoluted HTML or
wiki-markup blocks in the article themselves... they've been replaced
by a short template call. And conditional logic has made it so that
the average user can insert one of those templates into an article
and fill out the parameters to produce a perfect table without
needing to understand the underlying table code at all. That wasn't
possible previously... they ''had'' to know table markup (or HTML) in
order to edit tables.
I think this is the most important thing people need to understand
about template complexity: by making the *template* complex, we're
making the articles *simpler* and easier to maintain.
And it also changes the "you can edit anything" to "you can edit articles.
For most templates, please study computer science and a real programming
language for a year and then come back".
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