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I have been thinking hard about your approach, and I don't think it will work. However, I may not have grasped the concept, so my thinking below may be completely wrong.

You speak of creating an "all-in-one" script; and going with your example of my monsters, it would really slow up the loading of each page. Since the menu is generated solely by the directory and file structure of the site, every "all-in-one" would have to open up the data file(s) to populate that section.

Currently, the Monster directory has a .pl file for each monster. Those are loaded into the menu script. However, a singular Monster_aio.pl would require that Monster.csv be opened to create links to each monster akin to <a href="Monster_aio.pl?name=monster">monster</a>. For other sections, there isn't a singular data file, but a list. So, Spellbook_aio.pl would have to go to the Spellbook data directory, read all the files there, and populate the list on the menu with <a href="Spellbook_aio.pl?name=character">character</a>. I am not too keen on opening almost all of my data files or directories for every page loaded.

Sample from menu

<ul> <li class="inactive"> <a href="http://localhost/Role_playing/Monsters/Chaos_elemental-ki +n.pl" title="Chaos elemental-kin">Chaos elemental-kin</a> </li> <li class="inactive"> <a href="http://localhost/Role_playing/Monsters/Daemar.pl" title=" +Daemar">Daemar</a> </li> <li class="inactive"> <a href="http://localhost/Role_playing/Monsters/Dark_centaur.pl" t +itle="Dark centaur">Dark centaur</a> </li> </ul>

After "all-in-one"

<ul> <li class="inactive"> <a href="http://localhost/Role_playing/Monsters/Monster_aio.pl=Cha +os_elemental-kin" title="Chaos elemental-kin">Chaos elemental-kin</a> </li> <li class="inactive"> <a href="http://localhost/Role_playing/Monsters/Monster_aio.pl=Dae +mar" title="Daemar">Daemar</a> </li> <li class="inactive"> <a href="http://localhost/Role_playing/Monsters/Monster_aio.pl=Dar +k_centaur" title="Dark centaur">Dark centaur</a> </li> </ul>
Have a cookie and a very nice day!
Lady Aleena

In reply to Re^2: Seeing Perl in a new light: Epilog by Lady_Aleena
in thread Seeing Perl in a new light by Lady_Aleena

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