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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
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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