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Layout templates are aspx files with includes and calls to helpers.

Template markup

Currently, we have only content zones, so a template can look like this:

    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
          href="<%= ResolveUrl("~/Content/StyleSheet.css") %>" />
    <div class="header">
      <%= Html.Include("header") %>
    <div class="centerContentZone">
      <%= Html.IncludeZone("Content") %>
    <div class="rightSidebar">
      <%= Html.IncludeZone("Right sidebar") %>
    <div class="footer">
      <%= Html.Include("footer") %>
    <%= Html.IncludeAdmin() %>

The helpers used above are:

  • Html.Include(string includeName) includes the partial view whose name is specified.
  • Html.IncludeZone(string zoneName) includes a named content zone.
  • Html.RenderAdmin() includes the admin link if the user is logged in as administrator.

Template Meta-data

Template meta-data is stored directly in the template file as server comments. They are in a simple key-value format. Keys and values are separated by a colon character:

<%@Page %>
name: Two column layout
description: This has a main content area and a sidebar on the right.
zones: Content, Right sidebar
author: Jon

The keys in the meta-data are case-insensitive.

Meta-data values can be on multiple lines.

The syntax for meta-data is YAML.

The fields that are not recognized are put in a dictionary so that they are still accessible from code.

The last piece of meta-data, which is optional, is the thumbnail representation for it that is used in the template selection screen and in the edit page screen. This is a PNG or GIF image that has the same name as the template file and that is stored in the same directory.

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