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From "Mark Orciuch" <mark_orci...@ngsltd.com>
Subject [PROPOSAL] Portlet preview in the customizer
Date Thu, 08 Aug 2002 17:26:34 GMT
I would like to propose enhancing the customizer to allow for previewing
portlets before they are selected in the profile. I have a working prototype
in place but there are issues which may need to be discussed. Here's a list
of my issues:

1. Since we will be creating an instance of portlet which is not in the user
profile, we cannot use the peid - we have to create a new instance directly
from the registry. If we assign a static id to the instance, will all users
previewing the portlet be hitting the same instance? I would hope that all
users would be "sharing" the same instance.
2. How to prevent customizing/closing the portlet since it's not in the
profile yet? I guess using the ClearPortletControl would be one way to hide
the action icons but one should be able to use any control for the preview.
Adding a preview mode would be much more involving than my prototype
implementation.
3. How to handle interactive portlets such as the database browser? In my
prototype, this does not work very well.

I have created an enhancement request in Bugzilla for tracking purposes
(http://nagoya.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=11565). I will attach all
pertinent patches and new files from my prototype there. Please let me know
if this sounds like a useful feature. I can do the actual implementation
provided that I get some guidance in resolving the above issues. Thanks!

Best regards,

Mark C. Orciuch
Next Generation Solutions, Ltd.
e-Mail: mark_orciuch@ngsltd.com
web: http://www.ngsltd.com


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