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The UI module provides a number of core services used to compose UI in DecentCMS.

  • The code and Dust view engines provides different ways to build templates for shapes (which are nuggets of data to be rendered).
  • The default theme selector enables sites to specify what theme to use by default.
  • The file placement strategy is used to dispatch shapes to different zones, based on files that can be written by module and theme authors.
  • The render stream is the basic API used by all view engines to send rendered HTML to the user's browser. It's a fluent and asynchronous API.
  • Shape provides basic shape handling services.
  • Template rendering strategy figures out what template file to use for a given shape.
  • Zone handler handles the life cycle of a zone, which is a bag of shapes to which other shapes can be dispatched, typically using placement.