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From "Aurelien Pernoud" <apern...@sopragroup.com>
Subject RE: cvs commit: jakarta-jetspeed/src/java/org/apache/jetspeed/portal BasePortletSkin.java PortletSkin.java
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2003 15:20:11 GMT

I too think this should go in the bug report, just to have everything in one

I don't have time to reply now, but I like your thoughts too (ok we must
stop the flower sending ;)), I didn't think the skin-dir or image- prefix
could be used for more than actions, and now I see many cases in my app
where I would like it.

Tell you more when I'm getting back on working on skins :)

Weaver, Scott a écrit :
> Hi Aurelien,
> All good suggestions and I am not offended ;)  My
> implementation gives the user flexibility to use images in
> skins for more than just actions.  The action icons where
> just a good, concrete example.  Still, I do like your idea of
> a skin image directory, it is definitely much cleaner at cost
> of being a little less flexible.  However, I believe we can
> combine efforts here.  We could first check for the "image-"
> attribute then check for a skin image directory.  Nobody
> looses and everybody wins, yeah! ;)
> Here is how I feel the hybrid should work:
> - To prevent being stuck using .gif images, we do a quick file system
>   check like this:
>   -  Pseudo code: String imageName = if exists  {image name}.gif
>      else if exists {image name}.jpg else if exists {image name}.png
> Order of precedence for the PortletSkin.getImage() method
> 1. Use the "image-" no need for image type check as it is coded into
>    the value.
> 2. We check the "image.path" property directory using the image type
>    check defined above.  I left off action, because we should allow
>    developers to skin whatever they want, not just actions.
> 3. If no "image.path" is defined or it does not exist on the file
>    system use the images/{media type}/{skin name} as the directory to
>    search.  This also makes the registry event cleaner ;)
> I think we should also look at using the media type
> directories under the images directory (currently html, and
> wml) as part of the search path to keep things working in a
> device-agnostic manner.
> p.s.
> Why not post your suggestions to my bug id, for posterity's sake.
> p.p.s.
> I like you ideas for bug id 18188.  However, I would prefer
> that the modifications to the controls and controllers been
> done as new controls and controllers instead of changing the
> existing ones.  Let me know what you think.
> *===================================*
> * Scott T Weaver                    *
> * Jakarta Jetspeed Portal Project   *
> * weaver@apache.org                 *
> *===================================*
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Aurelien Pernoud [mailto:apernoud@sopragroup.com]
>> Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 3:11 AM
>> To: 'Jetspeed Developers List'
>> Subject: RE: cvs commit: jakarta-
>> jetspeed/src/java/org/apache/jetspeed/portal BasePortletSkin.java
>> PortletSkin.java
>> Hi Scott,
>> I've seen your bug report at first, and then the changes you
>> commited, but i think your changes makes it a little "messy" to
>> define a skin that will change every action images. Even if I like
>> the idea of changing actions image, I think there is a better and
>> simpler way to do it. Here is my opinion :
>> - When you want to change the actions image , if you want your skin
>> to be nice, every images will have to look "the same", I mean you
>> won't put a blue restore with a yellow maximize (??).
>> - Imagine I want to change all the action buttons, I have to enter
>> in my skin like 5 entries.
>> - My skin can refer any subdirectory (your sample said
>> images/rk/icons/actions/1/restore.gif, that's cool, but again, if
>> you like your portal to be "clear", you put all the images of one
>> skin in the same directory...)
>> - I'm making a new action for my portlets, I have to update all of
>> my skins (exception made if you find an icon that fits with all of
>> your existing icons and skins, but I really don't think it's
>> possible).
>> That's why after looking your changes I've thought of another way to
>> do it
>> According that everything above is logic (again, it's my thought, I
>> don't want to offense anyone), why not see it this way :
>> I want to change the actions image of my skin, ok, I put something
>> like <property name="actions-image-path"
>> value="the_path_to_my_icons_for_this_skin" hidden="false"/>
>> And then during rendering, if the above property is in the skin, I
>> change the path for actions : <img
>> src="${skin.getImagePath()/${action.Name}.gif")}>, according the
>> method returns "image" if the property isn't in the skin.
>> Advantages :
>> - One entry in the skin
>> - Every graphics for one skin in the same subdirectory, which allow
>> better portal structure
>> - I make a new action, all I have to do for my existing skins is to
>> put the associate gif in the right directory. No changes to xreg
>> - I want to reorganize my skins directory, I simply have to change
>> one property in my existing skins
>> Inconvenients :
>> - all your graphics have to be named by the action Name, and they
>> must be GIF...
>> - you can't mix action graphics from different subdirectories (but
>> is it a need ?)
>> Sorry for pointing this after you commited the changes, but I didn't
>> think you would make them so fast :)
>> BTW, while you're working on skins, could you tell me what you think
>> of my proposal for skins :
>> http://nagoya.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=18188
>> I'm using this changes here and this allows really nice skins, even
>> if the one that comes with my sample isn't the best (I did it... and
>> I'm really not a good graphist, every one is job ! ;))
>> It might need a little more documentation on how to use those
>> changes, but if you're familiar with css, you'll get it.
>> Sincerely,
>> Aurelien
>> weaver@apache.org a écrit :
>>> BasePortletSkin.java PortletSkin.java
>>> weaver      2003/03/27 09:46:20
>>>   Modified:    webapp/WEB-INF/templates/vm/controls/html jetspeed.vm
>>>                src/java/org/apache/jetspeed/portal
>>> BasePortletSkin.java
>>>                         PortletSkin.java
>>>   Log:
>>>   Bug ID: 18208 "Allow skinning of action icons"
>>>   - Portlets using the jetspeed.vm can now have "skinned" action
>>>     icons. This is acheived by creating properties within the skin
>>>     in the format of "image-{action name}".  If these are not
>>> defined, the original icons are used.
>>>   - Removed redundant "public" modifiers within the
>>> PortletSkin interface per Checkstyle recommendation.
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