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Data on the web

There are several approaches to represent data using Python on a web page (see WebProgramming).

Another interesting article about this is "Choosing a Templating System".

Syntax

Different approaches lead to different design decisions. Often it is the principal reason that new template systems get invented:

Examples

Some presentation systems fall neatly into the categories above. Others are less easy to classify but have a closer association to one category than the others.

PythonInWebPage

StructureAnnotation

Hybrids

Programmatic

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Feel free to add more abstract descriptions and more examples to help people decide what they are looking for!

Do you need to use full-fledged python, embedded bits of definitions but no functions -- there is a range of options depending on your problem. Sometimes there's no python in "the output page" -- as in raw documents put thru a filter. Or there may be limited amounts of embedded python -- as in YAPTU and other filters. Or python may be the matrix language, with text embedded within it. Your handler code can be anything from a substituter (using, say, regular expressions to catch things to be altered) to a mini python engine. See 'Python Journal 3(1)' a feature article that draws together several of the options above into a series on the pure-text to pure-python "dimension". See what your options are.

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