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Dynamic Templates, And HTML / JavaScript Gadgets

The dynamic templates, magical as they may be, may not suit everybody.

Some blog owners eagerly publish a blog to a dynamic template - then ask
WHere are all of the sidebar gadgets?
One of the downsides of the dynamic templates is that gadgets have to be specifically written to work with them. Not all of the accessories, available in "Add a Gadget", have been re written to support dynamic templates - and some may likely not ever be re written.

One of the most versatile entries, in the "Add a gadget" library, is the "HTML / JavaScript" shell.

So many useful accessories start with
Use "Add a Gadget", and add an "HTML / JavaScript" gadget.
Unfortunately, the HTML / JavaScript gadget is one which probably will not ever be written to work with the dynamic templates.

If you insist on having a pretty gadget, added to the convenient pop out dynamic template sidebar, you will probably be waiting for a good while. If you can settle for having a gadget accessible as a page menu entry, on the other hand, you may be able to provide some accessories as HTML / JavaScript code, embedded in a static page.As earlier, I will recommend that you get the new page - and page menu entry - working, while temporarily using a non dynamic template - then re publish back to a dynamic template.

I'm not convinced that all "HTML / JavaScript" code can be successfully embedded in a static page - nor will all gadgets be ergonomically acceptable as provided to your readers, if accessed using a pages menu entry. But some gadgets should work this way - and this may allow some blog owners to continue to use a dynamic template with their blogs, and have the needed HTML / JavaScript gadgets available for their readers.

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