As I have said, I have been looking through a lot of code lately for inspiration and I keep seeing this type of thing:
title="I am a demo page">
<!--- Content of page goes here. --->
In this case, the "Wrapper" ColdFusion custom tag is meant to encapsulate the calling of the site header and footer. That makes sense to me. What I am having trouble with is passing in the LAYOUT and the TITLE as a wrapper tag attribute. This just seems wrong to me. I don't think that the page should know about it's own layout or title. Call me crazy, but isn't the main content just another "module" in the returned web page? Thing about a page that has a header, left hand content, main content, right hand content, and a footer. Isn't the main content just another portion of the page? Why does it get to decide what page layout to use? It seems no more appropriate than if the footer determined the page layout.
In fact, it seems quite the opposite: isn't the page layout the ruling force in determining which page modules are included? Now, please don't get me wrong - I am not saying that you should invoke the page layout and then have it, in turn, include the "main" page content - I like including a header and footer on the "main" content template. All I am saying is that I think the page layout and title should be decided upon before the main page content is executed and that the main content should be layout-agnostic. After all, why should it care what layout template it is being used in?
Any thoughts on this?
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