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collective.easytemplate is a Plone add-on targetted for the end users who need automatic text snippets in their Kupu content. collective.easytemplate allows safe template tags inside Kupu editable text or any user editable HTML. This enables automatic content generation inside user editable HTML pages.

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Changelog

1.0 (xxxx-xx-xx)

  • Created recipe with ZopeSkel [Mikko Ohtamaa].

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Introduction

collective.easytemplate is targetted for the end users who need automatic text snippets in their Kupu content. collective.easytemplate allows safe template tags inside Kupu editable text or any user editable HTML. This enables automatic content generation inside HTML pages.

Motivation

Plone lacks out of the box support to custom tags for content editors to play with.

Use cases

The orignal use case was help maintaining the vast number of cross-reference link lists on course modules pages.

Possible other use cases are

  • Folder list snippets on a page

  • Dynamic images

  • Generated tables

Example

You write in Kupu:

Hello user!

Please select one course from below:

$folder_list("courses")

will result to the output:

Hello user!

Please select one course from below:

Status

The current version (0.1) is still in development and has few issues.

  • Zope security is not respected. You must trust your content editors, since Cheetah bypasses security and malicious Python sawy user could seriously harm your site. For this reason, you can suggest any working Zope-aware non-XML-based template language for me.

  • Cheetah namespace traverse does not work. E.g. $myobject.myvar raises NotFound exception even if it is not present.

Installation

Add to your buildout:

eggs =
        collective.easytemplate

zcml =
        collective.easytemplate

Run quick installer for Easy Template product.

Usage

Use content type “Templated Document” whenever you want to use template tags in Kupu content.

If you get errors in your template code, you can toggle on “Catch errors” on Template schemata and view detailed exception tracebacks in Zope log.

Available tags

Currently there isn’t much you can do with the product out-of-the-box, but I accept all tag contributions. Most tags are site specific, so I trust the site developers extending this product for their own needs.

Supported tags (version 0.1):

  • $list_folder*($folder, $title, $filters)

    portal_catalog based folder item listing with optional filter arguments. User inactive content access permission is respected (anonymous users don’t see non-public content).

    folder: portal root, slash separated, relative path to the folder. No prefixing slash.

    title: Print this <h3> heading if the folder contains any items

    filters : Python dictionary of optional filters

    List all documents in folder yoursite/testfol and print title if there are any present:

    $list_folder($folder="testfol", $title="Test folder items", $filters={ "portal_type" : "Document"} )

    List all portal root items:

    $list_folder($folder="")
  • portal_url

    Print portal absolute URL. Useful for links.

Registering new tags

If you want to add your own tags they must be added to Cheetah template namespace:

from collective.easytemplate import tagconfig

def mytagfunc():
        return "Foobar when the page is viewed"

tagconfig["mytag"] = mytagfunc

See TemplatedDocument.py for hacks regarding security and namespace’s availability in the functions.

Backend

Cheetah template engine is used. Plone’s native TAL does not work too well with escaped HTML.

Tag debugging tips

If Cheetah template compilation fails you might have made copy-paste errors

  • HTML formatted text, having HTML tags inside Cheetah expression

  • Hard line breaked text, having hard line breaks inside Cheetah expression

So please recycle all your template tag copy-pastes through Notepad or similar application.

Sponsorship

The development of this product was sponsored by London School of Marketing.

Contributors

Mikko Ohtamaa, Author

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