Not really, I believe most of us caught on to the template/include concept a while back. ;)
You'd be surprised :/
Just to a few pages, the templates. After that, there is no more fiddling with structure. Its a one time proposition usually. And those templates can be constructed using any number of technologies.
I never liked the idea of using one of those templating services myself :/ - I don't like the proposition of being reliant on them. I suppose I could program it myself like npwsol was suggesting - which I wouldn't be against providing its not too much harder to implement than includes. If it is I might start using Filter Wrappers w/ Java. I'm not sure if there is a PHP equivelent though.
Ya. I prefer plain and simple html elements with no further tampering. I don't want to use inline styles either, that would be my last option. I would first look at external, then embedded, and then inline, in that order. That's me though. :)
I would only use them (or embedded) if I was using includes - and then I would only put my layout css as inline/embedded. All other styles would be external. Maybe it's just me - but I like the html file to show the layout.
Structure - "The way in which parts are arranged or put together to form a whole;"
That's exactly what I was thinking of when I said structure. I didn't realize that it was commonly used another way - this is like the first web design forum I've been on ever.
I wish there were only two structural files! I'm looking at a new store platform and there are 100s of structural files based on the dynamics of the compilation pages. Those XML libraries are pretty hefty. ;)
Sounds like a fun project! I'd love to see the site.
Agree! Agree! And, we all have "our" ways of doing things whether they are correct or not. Most of us try to stay in tune with the standards. Sometimes we do things that may not jive 100% with those standards and it all comes down to education and how to best utilize the tools you have available to you.
The more separation of the parts, the more control you have. ;)