Lazily copied from my email to the list for reference
Can I request that if the templates are being re-written some attention should
be paid to the idea of making Mailman embeddable within a parent site's HTML
framework and styles. For example, I run a system called HepForge where several
types of web technology are hidden behind Apache and the page headers and
footers, including CSS imports, are added by Apache output filters. A
significant amount of work is required to edit Trac and Mailman templates to
make them work with this sort of system - see
http://trac.edgewall.org/ticket/4264 for a bit more detail on the issues with Trac.
In particular, it would be really nice if
the bits of the template which define <head>, <body> etc. are defined in one
pair of header and footer files, so they can be turned off easily.
the proposed Mailman CSS files "namespace" everything by placing all Mailman
content within a div, e.g. <div id="mailman">...</div> and then prefix all CSS
rules with "#mailman" - this stops the Mailman styles from leaking out into the
parent page elements.
Sorry to dwell on implementation specifics at this stage, but it's an issue
that's often ignored but is actually pretty important. I can add this to the
wiki if it's relevant?
Genshi has been mentioned a few times. My impression was that it insists on
producing valid XML output, which is nice, but doesn't necessarily play well
with ideas like factorisable head/foot portions. Also, can it be used for
templating the automated email messages, i.e. plain text? I'm not speaking from
exceptional familiarity with Genshi here, but these suspicions made me use
Cheetah in place of Genshi for one of our projects... can anyone confirm/refute?