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How does one handle consistent navigation though? If you make a change it sucks having to update that on every page IMHO.



I use JavaScript, https://www.combatentropy.com/

The minimalist style of both this writer and me does not sell the concept very hard. But you could attain any look you want, however fancy, just by pasting two lines in the head of each of your static pages: a stylesheet and a script tag.

Then your HTML would consist mainly of the words of your article. JavaScript could insert a header, footer, aside, whatever. To update all your past pages, just update what that one JavaScript file is doing or your stylesheet or both.


Using javascript for navigation is fine and all, but you wouldn't be able to provide good fallback for users who disabled js. Better just use somethiing like nunjucks to extend your html https://mozilla.github.io/nunjucks/


I actually thought about that and went with JavaScript anyway. I myself surf with it off. The loss of the header is to me not a bug but a feature. It usually just clutters the page. Seldom do I wish to click there.

I just want to read the article and back away. If I wanted to look around the site, then I could edit the address to go home. I think most others who know computers well enough to turn off JavaScript would also be comfortable doing the same.

Nunjucks is cool, but now your website is no longer static. You need to run every page request through Node. That's not too bad, but I took the loss of nav as the better road.


It looks like the person behind https://zainamro.com/ can't be bothered to provide a navigation menu on every page, or even a link back to their site's home page, so they'd probably dismiss your question out of hand.

However, if you really want consistent elements on every page, you could probably do the job with m4 and a makefile. You can party like it's 1998[1].

[1] https://web.archive.org/web/20190813130112/https://www.linux...


I use zodiac[1] (awk + make) for that use-case, so I guess I'm already partying like it's 1985! :P

[1] https://github.com/nuex/zodiac


When I was a kid I remember using Server Side Includes (.shtml) to achieve this. It's how I ran my "blog" before blogs were common.

No clue if anybody still does this, but it worked great in 2001.




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