How I built these pages

The background to this page is a smartphone picture of my globe. I built this website using a combination of css libraries and a Python program I wrote that creates html from an 'indented tag file' -- a sort of template inspired by Python itself.

My program allows 'tags' (in square brackets) to be defined which are then translated into snippets of html. The best way to see how it works, if you have Python on your computer, is to click the zipfile link below:

Unzip everything into a directory, 'cd' to that directory, start the Python interpreter, and from itftranslate import *
You can then try itftran('test.itf') which will create 'test.html' from the 'test.itf' in the zipfile.

'test.html' is the html for this page, generated by the 'test.itf' tag file. If you take a look at the two files, you can see that the tag file allows specifying the structure of a web page using indentation. [TAGS], unlike most regular html tags, don't require a matching closing tag.

What are the advantages of using a templating setup like this?

Other templating systems for html exist, including simple ones for static pages as well as ones that are part of more complex frameworks. Using my own I can customize as desired to generate more than html. One alternative to explore is TAL