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It would be tiresome to program this for every TYPO3 CMS installation, because the elements are the same, or have very similar functionality. For this reason, TYPO3 CMS offers "static templates", bundled into system extension "css_styled_content". It has a meaningful definition for every existing type of content element.

Usage is very easy. The definitions are available in a global TypoScript object called tt_content. In order to use it for our page, we can just set:

page.10.renderObj < tt_content

Actually the tt_content object represents the default rendering when grabbing content with a CONTENT object. So this assignment is not necessary.

So for every content element in TYPO3 CMS, there is a corresponding definition in "css_styled_content". This is easily seen in the TypoScript Object Browser:

Definitions in the Object Browser

It is easy to see which definition corresponds to which type of content element. You can modify this base code if you want to change the rendering for a given content element type. Let's say we want the "header" element type to always render with <h1> tags, no matter what options where chosen by the user. We could write something like:

# Because TYPO3 saves everything in one big array, the properties that are not overwritten
# are preserved and could result in strange behavior. That is why all old properties should be deleted.
tt_content.header >

# Every header will be rendered with h1 tags, independently from the properties in the content element.
tt_content.header = TEXT
tt_content.header.stdWrap.wrap = <h1>|</h1>
tt_content.header.stdWrap.field = header