Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ractive was developed so that it could be used by programming novices.
The library does not require external dependencies, or other programs that must be in place before the program can be used. The Ractive site has a set of tutorials, with code that can be easily copied and reused. Extra work was taken to craft error messages so they make sense, and link to further documentation online.
Ractive has already found a place in some large-scale Web sites. The Yellow Pages, the National Football League and the French Finance firm AXA have used the library for various tasks. It also is used for most of the Guardian's own interactive graphics.
In technical terms, Ractive provides the ability for the programmer to create a set of templates that can be dynamically populated with data or logic. It acts as a virtual DOM (Document Object Model), or an intermediary to the browser's own DOM, which the browser uses to parse HTML.
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