[wp-hackers] Easytags template system

Chris Casciano chris at placenamehere.com
Wed May 10 15:09:11 GMT 2006

On May 10, 2006, at 10:55 AM, Craig wrote:

> On 5/10/06, Chris Casciano <chris at placenamehere.com> wrote:
>> My thought from the sidelines on this one is that while I don't doubt
>> that the current use of <?php ?> might be intimidating to a new user,
> This is a gross over-simplification of the issue at hand. As much as 
> you
> coders know and understand PHP to be among the simplest of codebases, 
> it's
> not just about the <?php ?>. Does anyone hear recall the GET versus 
> debate in recent threads? Hand that discussion over to a new user and 
> pat
> them on the back of the hand saying "there there, don't worry. PHP is
> drop-dead easy."

Of course its an over-simplification of the issue due to lazyness on a 
mailing list, but at the same time its not. Telling someone that the 
templates use "PHP" brings a log of baggage from their own concepts of 
what PHP is. even if you're using the most limited subset of the 
language to get basic templates working its all that other mess that 
people may have run into in the past that makes people more intimidated 
then they maybe ought to be.

But I stand by my other comments that I just don't know that the 
alternative being presented resolves enough of the complexity or 
groking issues without raising a brand new pile of issues that make 
things seem overly complicated when people are tasked with explaining 
how to use WordPress.

> I don't see much difference between this initiative and localization; 
> it's a
> way to provide some functionality to a broader audience.

Its different in that the system being proposed causes the need to 
reconcile the 2 views on the same thing at various stages in the 
learning process and the accessibility gained up front isn't 
necessarily a zero some game.

[ Chris Casciano ]
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