This documentation is not using the current rendering mechanism and is probably outdated. The extension maintainer should switch to the new system. Details on how to use the rendering mechanism can be found here.
You can use TemplaVoilà! Plus API for templates in your own plugins if you like. As an example of this, lets look at how the “mininews” extension works:
The mininews extension has three displays of content:
- An archive listing of all news in the archive, including a search box and links for browsing to the next page if there are more than 20 news or so.
- A detail display which showns a single news item in full
- A frontpage teaser listing showing the three most recent news with “read more” links.
Each of these displays are by default rendered by hardcoded HTML in the plugin. The hardcoded HTML is designed to be sufficient in most cases since you can style it all by CSS styles. Thus you might not need to make an alternative template!
However if you would like to restructure the output more than you can do by the CSS styles on the default HTML you can create a TemplaVoilà! Plus template. The mininews extension supports this.