NoPlate is a small experiment for designers who want to make a quick static html site, with simple template reuse, without having to run a full blown server side scripting solution.
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It allows you to define a base template, which has placeholders blocks. The contents of these placeholders can be filled dynamically by external files which contain html fragments. Virtual addresses are maintained as links are navigated. These virtual addresses can be linked to directly and allow the browser history and reload buttons to be utilized. The linking structure is designed to be as SEO friendly as possible. External fragments are cached so they only need to be loaded once. You can include <script> snippets in external files. These snippets will get rerun every time that address is navigated to.
To get started, create the initial landing page for your site. Then add these headers.
Identify blocks of markup which should change as links are navigated. Give the containing element of each of these blocks an id, and the class noplate-block:
<div id="main" class="noplate-block"> <h2>Home Page</h2> <p>Hi, welcome to my website.</p> </div>
You can define any number of these blocks.
You can create links to files which contain html fragments to fill these blocks by setting a link's target to _noplate. For example, this is how you link to an external template bio.html:
<a target="_noplate" href="bio.html">Bio</a>
External files simply define elements with ids that match the blocks to be replaced:
<div id="main"> <h2>About Me</h2> </div>
In case someone links directly to an external file, you can place a redirect at the bottom of the fragment file for that page's virtual address. Give the script the class noplate-skip so it won't be run when it's link to by noplate. Here's an example for the bio page:
Just watch, do to issues with most browsers handling of the Same origin policy NoPlate will only work when your files are served over http.