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Drupal 7 Themes by Ric Shreves

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How does it all work?

Theme engines are useful tools. In addition to the role as the bridge between the functionality in the modules and the output in the presentation layer, a theme engine also helps separate the work of the programmer from the work of the designer. As a tool, PHPTemplate makes it possible for web programmers to work on the business logic of an installation without having to worry too much about the presentation of the content. In contrast, the web designers can focus entirely on the styling of discreet bits of content and items comprising the layout and the interface. Developers and designers can divide their tasks and optimize their work.

By comparison, other approaches to Drupal theming exhibit less flexibility. While themes ...

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