Section Tag

The section tag is a useful way to abstract and reuse your views by extracting a section of markup that can then be rendered elsewhere with a yield tag.

Overview

Most commonly this section/yield approach is used to create a global area in your layout that can be changed by your templates. This eliminates the need for any brittle and messy logic.

Cheatsheet:

  • No thank you: {{ if template == "news" }} hardcode something {{ /if }}
  • Yes please: {{ section:something }} + {{ yield:something }}

Example

In the example below, everything within the section:sidebar tag will not be rendered in the template, but rather in the layout.

// The Template

<h1>{{ title }}</h1>
{{ content }}

{{ section:sidebar }}
  <h2>About the Author</h2>
  <div>
    {{ author:name }}
  </div>
  {{ author:bio }}
{{ /section:sidebar }}
// The Layout
<html>
  <head>
    <title>{{ title }} | {{ site_name }}</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <article>
      {{ template_content }}
    </article>
    <aside>
      {{ yield:sidebar }}
    </aside>
  </body>
</html>

If you haven’t read up on templates and layouts, you should. It’s relevant.

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