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Creating Email Newsletters with patNewsletter (part 2)
Learn to manage subscribers and customize newsletters with patNewsletter.

| A Little Body |

Time to move on to the body of the newsletter:


<patTemplate:tmpl name="body" whitespace="keep">
{NL_HEADER}

{ISSUE_INTRODUCTION}

     ------------------------------------------------------------------------

In dieser Ausgabe:
<patTemplate:tmpl name="toc">
- {DETAILS_TITLE}
</patTemplate:tmpl>

<patTemplate:tmpl name="details">
:::{DETAILS_TITLE}:::

{DETAILS_BODY}

</patTemplate:tmpl>

     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
{NL_FOOTER}
</patTemplate:tmpl>


At first glance, this looks pretty complicated. So, let's break it down into smaller bits for clarity. First, the outermost template is titled "body". Within this template, we have a couple of sub-templates. The first one is called "toc" and displays the list of the articles associated with this issue of the newsletter, one by one.  This is followed by the "details" template, the most important one as it is responsible for taking each article associated with the selected issue of the newsletter and rendering it. As noted previously, articles are displayed in the same order as they are entered.

Finally, here are some parameters that have been used in the default template:

- header: the header of the newsletter, common for each issue of the newsletter
- footer: the footer that comes at the bottom of all issues
- introduction: the introduction provided for the issue

By the way, the phrase "In dieser Ausgabe" is German for "In this issue"...just in case you were wondering.

Let's take a look at the template that I came up with for my own newsletter:


<patTemplate:tmpl name="subject" type="condition" conditionvar="SUBJECTPREFIX" whitespace="trim">
   <patTemplate:sub condition="default">
Issue # {ISSUE_ISSUE} of "{NL_NAME}" on * {ISSUE_SUBJECT} * by -> {NL_LISTOWNER} <-
   </patTemplate:sub>
</patTemplate:tmpl>

<patTemplate:tmpl name="body" whitespace="keep">
{NL_HEADER}

{ISSUE_INTRODUCTION}

<>---------------------------------------------<>

In this issue:
<patTemplate:tmpl name="toc">
- {DETAILS_TITLE}
</patTemplate:tmpl>

<patTemplate:tmpl name="details">
---> {DETAILS_TITLE} <---

{DETAILS_BODY}

</patTemplate:tmpl>

_.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._.:*~*:._

{NL_FOOTER}
</patTemplate:tmpl>


As you can see, I haven't done much - apart from adding a little ASCII art, I haven't ventured into any drastic design change.


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