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a2c8c9f9 — Brad Alfirevic Optional elements, include directory, and 2.0 10 days ago


The Bempline Language

The Bempline language is meant to be simple and straightforward. I don't think if's and else's or for's are needed in a template engine, but I'm not wearing my glasses.

I just want something simple and easy that allows me to include a file in the middle of another, and replace variables.

All Bempline code is between a curly brace and tilde, {~ like this ~}. There must be a space between the tilde and the Bempline code. The first character must be a $ or @ followed immediately by a non-numeric, non-whitespace character.

Including Other Files
{~ @include copyright.txt ~}

Chapter One:
Filling In Variables
Dear Customer,

The product you requested is {~ $productPrice ~}. Shipping is an additional
{~ $shippingRate ~}.

{~ @pattern post ~}
<div class="post">
	<h1>{~ $title ~}</h1>
	<p>{~ $summary ~}</p>
{~ @end-pattern ~}

Optional Variables/Includes (2.0.0)

You can make a variable optional or required by appending a '?' or '!' to the end of the name, respectively. For example, if you want to require that the variable foo must always be replaced with a value, you can write $foo!. A program conforming to this spec should return an error if a document is finalized with a required variable that is not filled in. Variables default to optional.

In a similar sense, an include can be made optional like this: @include? foo.txt. Includes default to required.