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txp:output_form = includes

One of the obvious benefits of Textpattern is it's ease of use and the control it offers over various parts of a site... without the aid of an FTP SFTP program. Some would argue that once Textpattern is installed and running there would be NO need for anything other than the TxP control panel. It really doesn't matter, the point is allot of things can be accomplished/controlled within the TxP control panel. For example...instead of using php includes for repetitive code on a site use Textpatterns txp:output_form.

The following was copied and pasted directly from a live site using TextPattern

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<txp:output_form form="meta" />
<txp:output_form form="css" />
<txp:output_form form="js" />
<style type="text/css" media="screen">
#sub_nav_3 a:visited {
<txp:output_form form="cssactive" />
<div id="prime">
<txp:output_form form="masthead" />
<div id="left">
<txp:output_form form="nav" />
<txp:output_form form="pullexcerpts" />
<div id="right">
<txp:article form="content" limit="1" />
<div id="footer"><txp:output_form form="footer" /></div>
<div id="copyright"><txp:output_form="copyright" /></div>

Each of the output_forms contains information (or in some cases code) that pertains to that forms use. For example, the mast head output_form contains the following (note the homelink form nested in the masthead form)...
<div id="toplid"><txp:output_form form="homelink" /></div> <div id="lid"><img src="/images/logo.gif" title="xxxxxx" width="230" height="53" border="0" align="left" class="whatever" /></div>

The nav output_form would contain all the... nav markup...
<ul id="navlist">
<li><span id="one"><a href="/#/" >Link One</a></span></li>
<li><span id="two"><a href="/#/">Link Two</a></span></li>
<li><span id="three"><a href="/#/" >Link Three</a></span></li>
<li><span id="four"><a href="/#/">Link Four</a></span></li>
<li><span id="five"><a href="/#/">Link Five</a></span></li>

Each form was saved as a file. The js form contains all the necessary JavaScript's. The meta form contains all the sites meta tags and relevant information. The masthead form contains all the information (including markup) for the sites masthead. Same for the nav form, the pullexcerpts form etc etc.

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