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HTML::Template::Pro - Perl/XS module to use HTML Templates from CGI scripts


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See "SYNOPSIS" in HTML::Template::SYNTAX for introduction to HTML::Template and syntax of template files.

See "SYNOPSIS" in HTML::Template::PerlInterface for perl interface of HTML::Template, HTML::Template::Expr and HTML::Template::Pro.


Original HTML::Template is written by Sam Tregar, with contributions of many people mentioned there. Their efforts caused HTML::Template to be mature html tempate engine which separate perl code and html design. Yet powerful, HTML::Template is slow, especially if mod_perl isn't available or in case of disk usage and memory limitations.

HTML::Template::Pro is a fast lightweight C/Perl+XS reimplementation of HTML::Template (as of 2.9) and HTML::Template::Expr (as of 0.0.7). It is not intended to be a complete replacement, but to be a fast implementation of HTML::Template if you don't need querying, the extended facility of HTML::Template. Designed for heavy upload, resource limitations, abcence of mod_perl.

HTML::Template::Pro has complete support of filters and HTML::Template::Expr's tag EXPR="<expression>", including user-defined functions and construction <TMPL_INCLUDE EXPR="...">.

HTML::Template work cycle uses 2 steps. First, it loads and parse template. Then it accepts param() calls until you call output(). output() is its second phase where it produces a page from the parsed tree of template, obtained in the 1st step.

HTML::Template::Pro loads, parse and outputs template on fly, when you call $tmpl->output(), in one pass. The corresponding code is written in C and glued to Perl using Perl+XS. As a result, comparing to HTML::Template in ordinary calls, it runs 10-25 times faster. Comparing to HTML::Template with all caching enabled under mod_perl, it still 1-3 times faster. At that HTML::Template caching requires considerable amount of memory (per process, shareable, or on disk) to be permanently filled with parsed trees, whereas HTML::Template::Pro don't consumes memory for caches and use mmap() for reading templates on disk.

Introduction to HTML::Template and syntax of template files is described in HTML::Template::SYNTAX. Perl interface of HTML::Template and HTML::Template::Pro is described in HTML::Template::PerlInterface.


HTML::Template::SYNTAX, HTML::Template::PerlInterface.

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Original modules are HTML::Template, HTML::Template::Expr. Their progect page is


See "BUGS" in HTML::Template::PerlInterface


I. Vlasenko, <>

with contributions of Bruni Emiliano, <info at> Stanislav Yadykin, <tosick at> Viacheslav Sheveliov <slavash at> Shigeki Morimoto <shigeki.morimoto at> Kirill Rebenok <kirill at>


Copyright (C) 2005-2009 by I. Yu. Vlasenko. Pieces of code in and documentation of HTML::Template are copyright (C) 2000-2002 Sam Tregar (

The template syntax, interface conventions and a large piece of documentation of HTML::Template::Pro are based on CPAN module HTML::Template by Sam Tregar,

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under either the LGPL2+ or under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.4 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.

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