|Summary:||Templates tab doesn't appear to do much|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Enterprise CMS||Reporter:||Jon Orris <jorris>|
|Component:||other||Assignee:||Vadim Nasardinov <vnasardinov>|
|Status:||CLOSED RAWHIDE||QA Contact:||Jon Orris <jorris>|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
|Doc Text:||Story Points:||---|
|Last Closed:||2003-07-02 19:42:49 UTC||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
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Description Jon Orris 2003-04-04 23:55:56 UTC
Description of problem: @29531 I see alternate, public & summary. All the previews have the same URL, adn there doesn't seem to be a way to add a template.
Comment 1 Justin Ross 2003-04-16 17:40:51 UTC
As part of this ticket, make sure the default template set has three differing templates.
Comment 2 Richard Li 2003-04-25 18:20:08 UTC
The thing he says at the end may explain our apparent template UI bug: the templates all look the same because MultilingualItemResolver (which replaces SimpleItemResolver) no longer encodes/decodes the context info in the URL. Justin Richard Li wrote: > [13:38] <crag> CMS Templates... I'm curious if anyone has actually used templates with different contexts (the default is to use DefaultTemplateResolver where the context is always "public") > [13:39] <jorris_home> crag: That's a good question, which I've had myself. There's a bugzilla ticket something like 'Templates don't seem to do much' on the trunk. > [13:44] <scott> jorris_home: what do you mean by "don't do much" -- are you referring to multiple contexts or templates in general? > [13:44] <scott> they do use multiple contexts on DP I believe. > [13:44] <scott> as for templates in general, you can pretty much add as many or as few components as you want to a page with templates. > [13:45] <crag> scott: are you referring to the template edit UI (under the content types tab of content section)? > [13:45] <scott> for example, for the Camden project I"m working on, all content types but two use the same template, so we just modified the default cms item.jsp -- but there are two content types which need different templates. One of them has additional UI components on it but is otherwise similar to the default, and the other one is completely different. > [13:46] <scott> actually I'm referring to the templates themselves rather than the CMS UI to edit them > [13:46] <scott> I just write the JSP in emacs and upload it. > [13:46] <scott> but yes, I upload it under the appropriate content type. > [13:47] <scott> if you're installing from scratch, I think the SectionInitializer will automatically load and publish your per-content-type templates. > [13:47] <crag> interesting. seems to make debugging xsl one step more difficult :) > [13:47] <scott> what do you mean? > [13:47] <scott> you mean some content types have different XML to work with as a result? > [13:47] <crag> does it store your template to db? > [13:47] <scott> yes, but it's got to be published to actually have any effect -- as the template is pulled from the filesystem just as any other JSP would be > [13:49] <scott> but how is using multiple templates more difficult to debug than relying on a single template -- only one is used for any given page request. > [13:49] <crag> right, it isn't i was thinking you were uploading xsl > [13:49] <scott> and the rules for which template to use are pretty straightforward. > [13:49] <scott> ahh, no. > [13:49] <scott> CMS templates must be JSPs. > [13:50] <scott> and even if you don't upload templates, you're still using a template -- you're using the default item.jsp template > [13:50] <crag> the method i'm familiar with is writing a switch on the content type to select the jsp, rather than uploading > [13:50] <scott> you mean in enterprise.init? > [13:50] <crag> no, i forget... let me go look at my code :) > [13:51] <scott> hmm. must be some sort of customization. CMS out-of-the-box selects a jsp as follows: > [13:51] <crag> ItemDispatcher.java, of course :) > [13:51] <scott> 1) does the content item have a template explicitly associated with it -- i fso, use it > [13:52] <scott> 2) does the content type have a default template -- if so use it > [13:52] <scott> 3) else use the systemwide default. > [13:52] <crag> although, back to my original question if anyone uses multiple contexts, that would apply to 2) > [13:53] <scott> actually, it would apply to 1) > [13:53] <scott> the context is stored in the template-item assocaition, not the template-type association > [13:53] <crag> yep, 1) :) > [13:53] <scott> right now to use multiple contexts, you'd need to add all context-specific templates to your content type > [13:54] <scott> and for each item that needs multiple contexts, associate the right template under the context on the content item "templates" tab > [13:54] *** bdolicki has quit IRC (Client Exiting) > [13:54] -> *quaid* are you getting this? scott's an expert on the CMS, so pretty much everything he says is very useful and enlightening :) > [13:54] <scott> better solution would be to extend the UI and back end for the template -> type association and add a default template for each context (on a per-content-type basis) > [13:55] <scott> what are you using multiple templates for? > [13:55] <crag> oh, i'm not, just curious because a support question came up regarding them > [13:55] <crag> but i think the point of contexts is to show a different template based on say, user preferences > [13:55] <scott> right now the use context is based on the URL. > [13:56] <crag> right, which defaults to public if not specified > [13:56] <scott> the template context gets added to the URL, so if you item is /ccm/content/foo.jsp, /ccm/content/tem_alternate/foo.jsp would return the item with the alternate template > [13:58] <crag> but it looks like out of the box (which I assume uses DefaultTemplateResolver), those 2 urls are still the public context > [14:08] <scott> hmm. the code could have changed, or I may be misremembering something -- but the way to trigger the context was looking for tem_contextName in the URL right after the section name. > [14:09] <scott> yes -- SimpleItemResolver sets the context > [14:09] <scott> from the URL > >
Comment 3 Richard Li 2003-04-25 18:20:57 UTC
Update to issue 20560 by Crag_Wolfe Action: Actually, the templates tab is misleading in that you won't change anything by selecting "Assign Template". So, that won't interfere with modifying the xsl templates. Out of the box, the default context is always "public". Also, these templates are analagous to .jsp's, such as item.jsp (rather than xsl templates). The point of templates in the templates tab, is to assign a different default context. But the code doesn't actually support this by default: you would need to write a TemplateResolver and/or modify SimpleItemResolver.
Comment 4 Scott Seago 2003-04-25 20:20:22 UTC
Actually, CMS templates aren't analogous to JSPs -- they _are_ JSPs. If you wanted to you could make them spit out HTML directly, but in practice, CMS JSP templates generally output bebop XML which is styled via the usual stylesheets. As for the preview link, looks like the template preview links have lost the template context portion of the URL -- but it sounds like this is the MultilingualItemResolver issue -- if you add the template encoding/decoding back, it should work, as the template-specific preview works on 5.2. Making a separate default template for each context will require UI and back-end changes. Currently the template context is set in the template-item association. There is no context field in the template-content type association. That would have to be added to support a different default template for each context.
Comment 5 Richard Li 2003-06-02 22:20:47 UTC
I think resolving this particular ticket requires a few things: 1. Documentation of TemplateContext and templates. 2. 3 different default templates (one for each context) so that the system is more demo-able. The actual problem of templates not working is tracked in 91891. Retargeting this ticket for RC0.
Comment 6 Scott Seago 2003-06-02 22:30:26 UTC
Note that the changelists discussed in 91891 also address the issue of preview links and template contexts not working. Essentially the template context handling code which worked with the old SimpleItemResolver was only partially implemented (and then commented out) in the initial implementation of MultilingualItemResolver. My changes (documented in 91891) fix this for MultilingualItemResolver. In addition, note that the UI never allowed you to add a new template. Templates are added to content types on the Content Types tab at the section level. Item-level templates are selected from the list of available templates uploaded to the content type. Once you have created templates for the content types, the Templates UI does allow you to assign them to items.
Comment 7 Scott Seago 2003-06-02 22:31:52 UTC
Also note that setting default templates on the section UI currently hard-codes this to "public" -- the london branch fixes this (I don't know the changelist # offhand though). The item-level UI also hard-codes the query which returns the template list to "public" -- this has not been fixed on the london branch either.
Comment 8 Vadim Nasardinov 2003-06-30 19:33:10 UTC
After discussing this with Jon Orris and Scott Seago, changing the status to QA_READY, because (a) the original bug was fixed some time ago. The "preview" link URL is now different for the three different contexts. (b) as for Justin's comment that the three different contexts should have different templates out of the box, that is rather hard to achieve. There is one real bug that should be fixed, but we should probably file a separate ticket for that. The bug is this: If you go to the Content Sections' "Content Type" tab and try to add a template to, say, the Article content type, you can only assign the template to the "public" context. There is a "Use Context" drop-down box, but it only shows "public" as the only available use context. Scott tells me this has been fixed on the London tree. As to why (b) is hard, here's why. It is way too easy to change the way the CMS template cookie crumbles. There are many levels -- way too many, IMHO -- on which the template application mechanism can be changed. The item preview is served by ContentSectionServlet (ConSeSe). ConSeSe relies on the ItemResolver (IR), returned by ContentSection (CS), to figure out the request context. Out-of-the box, CS is hardwired to return "MultilingualItemResolver" as the value of the content_sections.item_resolver_class column. (This is hardcoded in the "create(String)" method of the CS class.) ConSeSe asks ContitemItemDispatcher (CID) for a template resolver. CID delegates this call to ContentSection. CS queries the datatabase to find out its template resolver. The template resolver class name for a section is stored in content_sections.template_resolver_class. In an out-of-the-box CMS, a querying this column returns "DefaultTemplateResolver" (DTR). Where and when does this db column get initialized? The class name DTR is hardcoded in the (private) createContentSection method in cms.installer.Installer. CID is responsible for dispatching the item. To do so, it delegates to to the TR (which, by default, is DTR) to get the template for this item. DTR tries to look up (a) the item-specific template; if this fails, then (b) the content-type specific template; if this fails, then (c) the default template. (a) is accomplished by querying cms_item_template_map. (b) is accomplished by delegating to the DefaultTemplateManager (DTM). DTM queries cms_section_template_map to find the template. (c) is accomplished by querying ContentSectionConfig (CSC), which returns the value of the enterprise.init parameter "defaultItemTemplatePath" (specified in com.arsdigita.cms.installer.Initializer block). Coupled with the value of the "templateRootPath" parameter this returns ./web/packages/content-section/templates/default/item.jsp given the following default settings templateRootPath = "/packages/content-section/templates"; defaultItemTemplatePath = "/default/item.jsp"; In light of the above, these are some of the possible ways to change the template applied to a previewed content item. * Write a custom subclass of ItemResolver (or AbstractItemResolver) that overrides getTemplateFromURL method to implement a different mechanism for determining the context. (Currently, it searches for an occurrence of a string like "tem_public" in the URL and parses out the "public" part of. The "tem_" is the hardcoded prefix.) * Use a custom template resolver instead of DefaultTemplateResolver. Presumably, this can be accomplished by updating the content_sections.template_resolver_class field in the database. Once the template resolver is changed, you may no longer have the notion of three possible contexts. * If using DTR, register a content-type-specific template for each content type. Supplying default content-type-specific templates out-of-the-box is a huge waste of time, because PS projects are guaranteed to want to customize these. * If not registering a content-type-specific template for each content type, then change the default template path in enterprise.init. * If you use category-based browsing, then the same item may have different templates depending on the category in which it is currently being (pre)viewed. The most sensible thing to do seems to be to improve the existing UI in a way that indicates to the user which template is used for preview for a given item in a given context. I am not sure what would be the best way to accomplish this.