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Each of the template files in this site profile includes the header template (head.inc), outputs the bodycopy, and then includes the footer template (foot.inc). This is to avoid duplication of the markup that is the same across all pages in the site. This strategy is called direct output with includes and is just one strategy you can use for templates.
You could of course make each template completely self contained with its own markup (called direct output), but if you have more than one template with some of the same markup, then it wouldn't be very efficient to do that. As a result, it's better to move the reused parts (aka partials) into include files.