Form and Function

As a the newest of the PICnetters, my blog postings are bound to be a little pedestrian, at least until I get up to speed. But one thing has struck me immediately about the Joomla system: its philosophy.

As an internet user — and, in a distant previous life, programmer — I always thought that a web site was a collection of web pages, and that those web pages, as a set, constituted the content. Think about pages, I figured, and the content would flow therefrom.

But Joomla! works better. Forget individual web pages. The internet is about delivering content to users — showing stuff to people — and focusing on the delivery vessel, the page, is wrongheaded. We all know that “form follows function” — or, as Frank Lloyd Wright claimed, “Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

Within Joomla!, architecture is driven by content; pages exist because the content does; you decide on what the content should be, and the pages follow naturally. At the risk of sounding overblown, they are “one, joined in a spiritual union.”

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